Review: Bludwork last appeared on 100% Silk three years ago, delivering a cassette-only fusion of ambient and deep house vibes that impressed those lucky enough to hear it. The fast-rising producer's return to to the imprint is a collaborative affair, with all six of the EP's cuts being produced in cahoots with AFK - a Canadian producer whose last solo release was a decade ago. As you might expect, all six tracks hit the spot, with the pair prioritizing attractive electronics melodies, fluid chords, liquid synthesizer lines and dusty machine drums in order to create a suitably loved-up mood. Our picks of a very strong bunch are the ambient-era Aphex Twin-meets-lo-fi deep house flex of "Searchin" and the Dream 2 Science style bliss of "Get Personal".
Review: Amanda Brown has a keen eye to spot new talent, and the arrival of Oakland-based Bobby Browser (real name Andre Ferreira) on 100% Silk is a great example. While he's operated for a while under a number of pseudonyms, he's yet to really make his mark. Just Browsing should change all that. In typical 100% Silk fashion, the EP's four tracks join the dots between touchy-feely, retro-futurist house, acid and slick, mid '80s synth-boogie. Throughout, the production is blissfully glassy-eyed and authentically vintage. The results are superb, with the chiming, sunshine-bright "Always Many" and similarly gorgeous "Smooth Cruise" standing out.
Review: Andre Ferreira aka Bobby Browser has already released a 12" for 100% Silk - the aptly named Just Browsing EP - and it was only natural that his comeback would be entitled Still Browsing, a perfectly suited follow-up to his smooth and enticing brand of deep house. "As Far As I Know" reminds us of Glenn Underground at his best, bringing together funky basslines and jazzy vibes to a beautiful house palate, whilst "Airplane Mode" is dubbier, crunchier and altogether bouncier. "Theme From Tony's Party" brings back the jazz flex, mixing up soothing flute solos with a wonderfully executed percussion arrangement, but "Baby Dre" is the one, where slo-mo beats meet hazy horns and deep summer vibes - a real seducer, much like the rest of the EP.
Review: Saying that 100% Silk has put out some of the best house music of the last five years is no bold statement, and in fact, it has been one of our favourite labels ever since Ital's stunning "Ital's Theme", back in 2011. Hubert Clarke Jr is a newcomer in terms of previous releases, but the producer certainly sounds like he's been doing this for a while, and all six tunes on here are of the highest grade. The opener "Berry" is a percussion-driven monster that sounds likes it's just come out of a Roland bassbot, and the same goes for pretty much all the cuts on here. We even get some downtempo time on "4 U Intro", a lovely abstract house piece, and some loose, stumbling Detroit-schooled flavours in "Vry Distant Lands".
Review: The latest 100% Silk release maintains the label's retro M.O. while managing to be more subversive in nature. The signifiers are clear, from the post-punk / no-wave grooves of New York to the grainy electronics of krautrock, but the cumulative result is pleasingly fresh. Lead track "Shadow Disco" sets the tone with a disco beat and looping bass lick over which synth stabs, FX and warbles duck and dive. More awesomeness from Amanda and Britt - the juggernaut rolls on!
Review: In its original form, this latest audio missive from electronic producer Daniel Martin-McCormick is a bit of an oddity. Sitting somewhere between the neck-snapping electro grooves of Dexter (think early Clone) and the chiming, bleep-heavy electronica of Warp's original Artificial Intelligence series, it's like a glistening, soft-focus take on dancefloor electro with a few clattering noises thrown in. It should appeal to more open-minded nu-disco heads. Saviour attempts to provide an anthemic alternate version, lacing his similarly skewiff remix with the vocals from Candi Station's much-sampled "You've Got The Love". It's a definite Marmite track, but dropped at the right moment, in the right circumstances, it will cause commotion. More quirky goodness from 100 Silk.