Boomkat Product Review:
After delivering two of 100% Silk's dopest 12"s and a collaboration with LA Vampires, Brooklyn's Octo Octa delivers the label's most anticipated long player. Like his earlier anthem, 'I'm Trying', his 'Between Two Selves' perfectly characterises 100% Silk's shift from super lo-fi towards much cleaner, sleeker deep house tropes whilst retaining something of a raw, unusual, almost psychedelic fuzziness that you're unlikely to find in the latest Hot Creations spawn. Over its eight trax Mr Octa succinctly references classic Chicago, New York/Jersey, Detroit and moodier European flavours with efficient flair, instinctively reducing their essence into lean and refreshed new forms. Pushed to pick highlights, we'd first point to awesome closing cut, 'Fear' for pure and lusting dancefloor potential, and then to 'Come Closer', which somehow manages to make those hackneyed down-pitched vocals sound quite pleasing in balance with the cut's glum house atmosphere and depressed beat, but nuff of the moody stuff, 'cause the rest manages that fine task of being perky without the earnestness, as with the breakbeat-spiked swerver 'His Kiss' and the lucidly sensual bliss space of opener, 'Who I Will Become'.