Silkie – City Limits Vol. 2
by Kyle Risley (Marketing), published July 29th 2011
Moldy | Stale | Edible | Fresh | Tasty!
Since Silkie’s first releases on Deep Medi, Soul Jazz and Disfigured Dubz, Silkie has established himself as an innovative blender of jazz’s intricacy, soul’s emotive swells, and dubstep’s head nod inducing bass weight. His debut full length, City Limits Vol. 1, greeted Silkie as a definer of the genre’s ever-shifting boundaries, while follows ups City Limits Vol 1.2, 1.4, and 1.6 + 1.8, found him experimenting with the whiney synthesizers, squelching bass, and funky grooves that became part of the ‘purple’ dubstep sound explored by contemporaries Joker, Ginz, and others. City Limits Vol. 2 builds on all of this, delivering a listening experience that works equally well through the headphones or blasted over the dance floor.
A collaboration with New Zealand’s Truth on ‘Feel’ eases in the album with rasta samples, tribal percussion, slippery synths and an easy 140 groove. ‘Snowed In,’ another collaboration, this time with French producer Von D, lays a frantic saxophone break over pitched up diva vocals and airy keys. ‘Lucky’ lays chunky synth chords and a blissed out vocal sample over 2006′s finest wobble to mix up a terrifically soulful dance floor killer. Skream collaborates on ‘Untitled,’ stirring his trademark midrange riffs with Silkie’s jazzy piano experiments and effortless funk. ”Selva Nova” mixes Amen breaks with the familiar lush synthesizer notes utilized throughout much of City Limits Vol. 2. Just as the album begins to become very samey, the positively wonky intro of “Only for You” slinks up and down as the busy rhythms work their way in and out between the jagged bass line.
Overall, City Limits Vol. 2 provides a clean break from the majority of dubstep output, which either seems to push the boundaries of the human eardrum with piercing mid-range clatter or wrap itself up in impenetrable percussive sophistication. Though Silkie’s treatment of soul, jazz, and funk influences can become tiresome over the course of the record, it’s remarkably listenable for a full length dubstep record, a genre that typically succeeds in the space of 12″ singles. Silkie carefully balances the intricacies of jazz with feel good funk and memorable melodies with hardly a rough patch through the course of the record, proving once again to be a versatile, entertaining producer with a bright future ahead.
Recommended Tracks: Feel, Lucky, Selva Nova, Only For You