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Review: Mi-Ami band member Damon Palermo pops up on the excellent 100% Silk label with a surprisingly varied EP of retro-futurist dancefloor fodder. As "Clubhouse" shows, his default position is classic sounding, string-drenched house - like Inner City or early David Morales with a postmodern wink (like a groovier Lone, perhaps). There's a touch of this vibe about the early moments of "I Can Feel The Heat", too, before it morphs into a no-holds-barred Italo-meets-disco house assault. It boasts an hilarious cock rock guitar solo, too. "Trax Crusader", meanwhile, is a tribal drum track that sounds like it would have done heavy damage back in the days of Twilo. Recommended!
28 May 12
Review: The art of the humble back scratch is kept well and truly alive on the latest 100% Silk missive which sees regular Mi Ami conspirators Magic Touch and Ital go toe to toe, each delivering an original track along with complementing remixes. Magic Touch aka Daniel Palermo is first up with the throwback rush inducing vibes of "Anywhere U Want Me" a track dominated by the dusty treatment of pianos and swinging drums and complemented by the spiralling gospel vocals that gradually rise through to dominate. Ital's remix is a trippier, darker affair, adding some throb to the bass, while going freeform on the drums and powerful, classicist laser-like synth lines. You can almost feel the sweat dripping off the ceiling from this one in full, lysergic flight. McCormick's original production "From A Dream" is a box jam and a half, the frenetic drums that open proceedings not really hinting at the glorious, intense chaos that ensues with the track in full, bass heavy flight. Magic Touch really goes to town on his remix, reinventing the track as ecstasy filled Hi NRG Disco - best 100% Silk release in a hot moment!
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Review: After rising to the surface in a cloying murk of synth pop rendered through sonic anti-matter for the Not Not Fun stable, Maria Minerva has made quite the dent in the world of electronic singer songwriters. This latest EP for 100% Silk sees her production approach taking another step towards the light, shearing away the self-conscious mask of distortion and noise and letting her vocals, her melodies and her simple drum machine beats shine through as though all the dirt of old had been fastidiously scrubbed away. That's not to say it's removed that homespun sparkle that defines Minerva's approach, far from it. The looping alchemy of "Space 4 U" takes on a thoroughly spiritual bent as her vocals come feeding back into the mix, while "Symbol Of My Pleasure (Form Of My Pain)" shuffles with the loose-limbed funk of no wave. It's just that now, her ideas come radiating through the speakers instead of awkwardly mumbling.
15 Nov 11
Review: It's fair to say that by anyone's standards, Maria Minerva has had a pretty impressive year; with both her fantastic EP on 100% Silk and acclaimed album Cabaret Cixous on sister label Not Not Fun finding admirers across the sonic divides. She caps off 2011 with this six track EP for 100% Silk, which finds her moving her sound forward, and swapping her lo-fi tape aesthetic for something altogether cleaner and dancefloor focused; "A Love So Strong" sees a throbbing Italo bassline holding together her spectral vocals, while "Kyrie Eleison" and "Another Time & Place" both recall jacking proto-Chicago house in a Fingers Inc. vein, filtered through 100% Silk's typical weirdness. "Gloria" meanwhile is a masterful exercise in contained euphoria, with skipping drum machines and gleaming synths which recall the Minimal Wave reissued Linear Movement. The furious pace of "Turn Me On (Working On Full Powwa)" meanwhile recalls early bleep techno with a hypnagogic backdrop. The EP is rounded off with "Luv So Strong", a reprise of the opener which replaces its melodic sensibilities with a shambling 5am raver with skeletal, detuned piano. All in all, an incredible finish to 2011 for one of its finest newcomers.
20 Mar 12
Review: Having garnered much praise for his recent Ital output, Daniel Martin-McCormick brings his production partnership Mi Ami over to 100% Silk for some more of that teasing, house-informed-but-not-dictated goodness. Mi Ami come on like a drawn out live jam of deepest house, as vocals and effects feed into an endless hypnotic loop of drum machines and live bass. The tracks require lengthy running times to cover all that noodling ground, so live is the feeling on these tracks. While it's an enjoyable prospect while coursing through your headphones, you can only imagine what the effect in a physical setting would be.
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