Review: Silkie returns to Mala's esteemed Deep Medi imprint with the next installment of deep, bass heavy beats fresh for spring 2011. "It's Late" starts with a flurry of clipped vocals, hissing beats and a catchy 2-step swing, which will make it a sure fire hit on contemporary dancefloors. Up next "Float" pairs clicking hi hats with rough, rumbling drums and a curious sci-fi whistle whilst pools of bass ooze through deliciously. Another onomatopoeic cut, "Murky" sees Silkie tune into his grime heritage for a dubbed out DMZ style venture, whilst grand finale "Techfunk" blends tech stabs and gritty bass with funky rhythms.
Review: It's no secret that Silkie made his name on Mala's Deep Medi Musik over the last 4-5 years, having already released an album for the DMZ legend and an extensive string of EP's, too. He returns with a new LP on Anarchostar, marking the label's second outing thus far. Over the years, his sound has undeniably grown from the deep and heady dubstep that he was making before, something which can be heard on the poppy melodies of "Arcada", the pseudo house vibe of the rolling "Escape Route", or the slow, hip-hop flavoured stance of "Limits". All in all, it is undoubtedly a bass album, but one which explores many territories and flavours.
Review: Long standing Deep Medi player Silkie steps over to Wheel & Deal with three out-of-the-box bass cuts. "Bird In The Sky" is all about the bashy, UK funky style drums and a loopy element that digs deep with hypnosis. "M3000" takes the brutal factor up another notch; all pneumatic kicks and clattering snares, it's a class lesson in minimal mischief. After two rocket-fuelled stompers, Silkie treats us right with "Limits". A modern day sexy jam, all slinky and piano-tickled, it's the perfect way to end the EP, and your next set. Full circle business.
Review: This second full-length from London-based producer Soloman 'Silkie' Rose - the follow-up to 2009's City Limits Volume 1 - further develops a deep and melodic take on dubstep that should appeal far beyond the genre's underground stronghold. With bright melodies, jazz chords, ear-catching synths, sampled horn stabs and future garage style vocal cuts aplenty, City Limits Volume 2 has far more in common with, say, the far-thinking two-step exploits of Phuturistix or Hospital Records' genre-bending Outpatients series than most dubstep full-lengths. But it's these qualities that make it such a rewarding, enjoyable and essential release.
Review: London-based dubstep wizard Silkie has been on the front lines of Deep Medi Muzik's output for almost ten years now, and it's safe to say that the producer is now a veteran of the scene; his deep, cerebral take on the genre has always been a breath of fresh air to London's musical tradition, and U.K. dance music on the whole. He returns to his roots with this new three-tracker, spear-headed by the mean lean of "It Wasn't You", a tune so cold and merciless in its approach that it sounds more like a military march. "Jah Man" inevitably brings the dubwise vibes to the plate, and "Computer World" delivers some fine digital ammo. Fire!
Review: During dubstep's original rise to notoriety, there were few producers who came to the table with as much originality as Silkie, who's smooth, soulful productions around the 140 area catapulted him into an instant fan favourite. We are therefore super excited to see him return here, courtesy of Pretty Weird, for two tracks of pure fire. The title track 'Don't DJ For Free' is a marching masterpiece, driven forward by bubbling LFO leads and punchy drum riffs, not forgetting some crispy cowbell action. On the flip we are blessed with 'Rhythm Junkie', another stomping creation comprised of smooth sub harmonics and dazzling soundscaping.
Review: OG slimer Silkie takes us out on the town and drinks us under the table. "Drunken Master" chugs a lug with its oddball bass ruffles and creepy arpeggio layers building and building, "Why Not" is the quintessential brandy chaser, easing you in smoothly with his signature funk before warming your chest with darker bass tones. Brought together with Silkie's trademark talkbox finesse, the only woozy after effects will be a love hangover. Blessy.
Review: Up there with Swindle and Joker, dubstep's funkiest OG Silkie returns to Deep Medi with three more sublime grooves. Broken, cheery, just a little cheeky and swooning with switches, each of these cuts rattles and bashes with Silkie's signature west- coast-meets-UKG-in-a-long-dark-Croydon-tunnel melting pot: "Impervious" flips from orchestral epic to dreamy flutters before dropping into 80s horn funk with mischief while "Reevea" is Silkie in classic "Poltergeist" mode. Finally "Egyptian March" is straight out of Indiana Jones. A jittering snake charmer that has you going from nought to rolling under stone doors and grabbing your hat in 10 seconds. Silkie you absolute don.
Review: Here, digital DJs get a rare chance to own a slew of previously vinyl-only plates from Mala's Medi Musik imprint. Deep Medi Releases 3 continues the format of its two predecessors, including cuts from 12" singles released in 2008 and 2009. For fans of good quality dubstep, it's well worth a look. While there's the odd intense dancefloor wobbler (Goth-Trad's busy "Saturn", Skream's "The Shinein"), there's also plenty of depth, melody and beauty amongst the trademark low-end pulse. Look out in particular for a pair of luscious, emotion-rich cuts from Quest, a pleasing bleep-fest from Truth, and Clouds' brilliantly far-sighted "Protecting Hands" - here available in two stunning mixes.
Review: Tom Middleton's new project Sound Of The Cosmos is a far-reaching trip to the most fertile fringes of electronic music's fore. We kick off with a stripped back, jukey take on the Chicago sound as Silkie, Distal & Mite get heavy on the splices and dices. Jabru, meanwhile, gets his twinkle on as we re-explore the chill out rooms of the mid '90s. Elsewhere VVV tinkers with the dustiest, scratchiest of samples to conjure a beatless masterpiece, Forgold gets razor sharp with precision steps while Sapience takes two-step to murderous levels of newness with sub aquatic sounds ricocheting against each other to mesmerising effect.