Left-leaning label 100% Silk is in rude health, having perhaps its best year yet. This diverse "mixfile" of in-house exclusives proves it in abundance.
About this mix
The longer you do something the more its meaning changes, regardless of intentions. Culture is a chameleon; history is redacted daily. Today's trend is tomorrow's embarrassment.
Whatever world SILK entered into in 2011 is long gone. Depending on who you ask dance music either never disappeared or else just had to wait for people to wise up to it. Loose, lo-fi house music designed for home listening morphed from oxymoron to chic to fad to status quo in a blur of backlashing critical anxiety. "Outsider" has been decreed a dirty word; insiders are in again, then. Underdogs become overlords. All terrain is contested terrain. It's hard to know what to think about what you hear – even though strangers are lining up to tell you.
2015 is 100% Silk's 5th year in action. The label has been shifting more towards the cassette format lately because vinyl manufacturing prices continue to rise while the social custom of paying for one's music continues to erode, a challenging coincidence of circumstance. Now is as good a time as any to be born independently wealthy.
This is a mix of entirely new and unreleased material that's either out or in production. The artists come from North America, Europe, and Australia. There is no scene, there is no sound, there are only individuals. Music outlasts the world's perception of it. Feel what's real; forget the rest.
Our weekly audio mix series where we call upon the most interesting artists/DJs/record labels and ask them to peer into the near future. How they take it from there is entirely open to interpretation.
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