Boomkat Product Review:
100% Silk celebrate a decade of rugged independence in fine style, showcasing 11 artists brand new to the roster from across the USA. Tape saturated machine funk, lo-fi psychedelic house, dissonant DIY electro pop, post witch house froth and faint inverted techno goodness for blunted alienz.
It's hard to believe that 100% Silk is ten years old. The label emerged from the Not Not Fun stable to focus on a burgeoning American outsider dance music sound, and released music from Octo Octa, Ital, Peaking Lights, Maria Minerva and so many others. So it would have been easy to rest on its laurels and cobble together a compilation from its litany of well-known mates, right?
'2nd Life Silk' takes the left hand path, and instead focuses on a completely fresh run of artists working in the US oddbod dance spectrum. Opener 'Transfer A' from Taped Over Memory is brittle retro house fuzz, while Blair Sound Design's 'Brass Grass (Dry Mix)' is more jagged, mirroring Mark Fell's Sensate Focus material almost with its nauseous FM squiggles.
Head Kandi's 'Cluster' is a clear highlight, all fudgy, gaseous dubbed out 4/4 that billows in-and-out of focus for over ten minutes. Samsuo's 'Amongst it All' takes a similar route, with a barely audible kick just peeking out over blissed-out pads and wisps of white noise. Gud shit.