Review: It's been a brief minute since we last took in a new drop from the super melodic sounds of the legendary Silkie, so when we saw he was linking up with Deep Medi Musik for a full length LP project, we could hardly contain our excitement. The project is an absolute goliath, hosting nine stunning original creations, exploring the full breadth of the veteran's expansive dubstep sound, from the fast paced garage-influenced licks of 'Ring Mod' to the super choppy flute lines of 'Equine Paper' and super emotive pad designs of 'Did You Know'. It's a masterclass in melodic design and harmonic structure, with some highlights including the constantly evolving sweepings of 'Leave It' and grizzly yet stripped back combinations of 'The Redeemer'. Incredible stuff!
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: 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: 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.