Silk For Sale


Portland vocal house roots duo Gemini Lion is an ongoing collaboration between soul-singer J. Green and SILK staple producer A. Kalin (Temples, Polonaise, Finesse). Adoration, their debut, pickpockets from various downtown wardrobes for a multi-culti vibe that’s equal parts party monster, ballroom strut, and melancholic sweat. Green’s voice is a rich and dexterous presence, waxing after romantic obsessions and delineating queer terminology, while Kalin’s lean bass lines and percussion sequences shuffle and flow through fluid, reflective states. Their commitment to such a classic palette (especially on the ravey, pump-up-the-volume closer, “Best Believe”) might ruffle the feathers of certain prickly futurists but GL know the difference between affect and effect; they even have a phrase for the former: ”a boy / in a dress.” Center label artwork by GL. Edition of 150.



San Fran synth sensei Ben Winans aka Roche ventures further into his arcane hardware labyrinths on Stillhope, his second slab of mind-wired Pacific house for 100% Silk. As always with his work there’s a great sense of spaciousness and flow, coastal fog billowing around Alcatraz and over Land’s End, invisible currents taking control. “Stillhope” and “The Medicine” skew more towards the hazed and zen, cliffside smoke seances rendered via samplers and circuitry, percussion patterns ghosting through hidden lunar cycles, while “Change” brings back the bass, riding an acid-funked electric slide into a chorus of street soul chanting. Closer “Theme For Ikaros” leaves the bay (and earth) behind, a techno spy theme for hijacking a distant moon base, filtered arpeggios ramping the suspense against a steady stalker’s pulse until it all dissolves in dubby echoes, a stark clap, and a sample whispering about “the essence of life.” Even in deepest space, there’s Stillhope. Black vinyl 12 inches in SILK label sleeves designed by Luke Brown. Mastered by Eric Hanson. Edition of 315.

SILK: The Film

(via VHX) $1.99 / $6.99 / $7.99

SILK, the 100% Silk documentary and dance film, is available through VHX and Amazon Instant Video. Shot over two years, the film follows four acts from the label – LA Vampires, Ital, Magic Touch and Maria Minerva – across a lengthy 2012 tour of the UK, Europe and Russia. SILK chronicles the performances, environments, and scenes they passed through: congested underground Parisian clubs, motorcycle showrooms in Bristol, abandoned industrial lots in Moscow, afterhours Berlin compounds, re-purposed World War II gun towers in Hamburg, plus large international festivals (Distortion in Copenhagen, Sonar in Barcelona). The film is punctuated by staged dance sequences conceived, choreographed, and performed by Mecca Vazie Andrews and the Los Angeles Contemporary Dance Company. SILK premiered in 2013 at CPH:DOX in Copenhagen and subsequently screened at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark, as well as la Gaîte Lyrique in Paris. SILK was an official selection at the 2014 Amsterdam Dance Event, Melbourne International Film Festival, and Planete + Doc Film Festival in Poland. The SILK: DELUXE package includes the film as well as four exclusive live sets from the tour by each of the featured acts.

Beats A La Burkat

1. Tool – Mantra [Volcano]
2. Black Madonna – Venus Requiem [The Nite Owl Diner]
3. Shawn Rudiman and Relative Q – Temporal Displacement [Broken Planet]
4. Community Corporation – Salt [Crisis Urbana Recordings]
5. Linkwood – Robot Parade [Prime Numbers]
6. Samo DJ – Leggo [L.I.E.S.]
7. Sir Stephen – Turbo [100% Silk]
8. Juju & Jordash – Coffin Train Getaway [Golf Channel Recordings]
9. LCD Soundsystem – Too Much Love [DFA]
10. Pittsburgh Track Authority – Visions of Serengeti [Pittsburgh Tracks]
11. Chakana Inca – Music Takes Me Higher [Unreleased]
12. DJ Kaos – Horny Morning Loop (Dr. Dunks Kaotic Mix) [Jolly Jams]
13. Moodymann – Freeki Mutha Fucker (Catz ‘n Dogz Edit) [Free download]
14. Willie Graff & Tuccillo – To The Music (DJ Qu Remix) [Isgud Records]
15. General Ludd – Woo Ha [Mister Saturday Night Records]
16. Alex Burkat – The BQE [Third Ear Recordings]
17. Dntel – The Dream of Evan and Chan (Burkat Edit) [Unreleased]
18. Rick Wade – Night Station [P&D]
19. Policy – Big Beast Anthem [100% Silk]
20. Paul Woolford – Razor Burn [Planet E]
21. Jacques Greene – No Excuse [LuckyMe]
22. Here We Go Magic – Make Up Your Mind [Secretly Canadian]

100 Days In Paradise

An hour of cruised Paradise 100 selections. Sophomore SILK 12″ dropping later in the year!

Robotalco’s Summer Freedom 2014 Mix

1 – Parker Medicine – Life On Mars – CT-HI
2 – Andras Fox – After The Rain – Dopeness Galore
3 – Pender Street Steppers – M Flight – PPU
4 – Policy – Ghost in The Groove – 100% Silk
5 – Merwyn & Inkswel – Eternal Freedom (GB Rmx) – Hotshot
6 – D’Boldiss – Freak Huh? Round One – Coco Machete
7 – Erosion Flow – Bedroom Jam – Man Make Music
8 – Max Graef – Bummse – The Gym
9 – Legowelt – Cruise Till The Sun Shine – PPU
10 – Moon b – Untitled – Going Good
11 – Magic Touch – Passion – 100% Silk
12 – Telephones – Blaff – Running Back
13 – Sequence Report – Been Steppin to your Love – Tevo Howard Recordings
14 – New Musik – Warp (llo Edit) – Pleasure International Exports
15 – Seven Davis Jr – Celebrations (Funkineven Edit) – Apron
16 – Suzanne Kraft – III – Running Back
17 – Andras Fox – Soft Illusion – HLR

Vertical Mixing

Fly Vertical67 mixtape originally recorded for Panaural on Future Music FM

Vertical67 – Fly
Lord of The Isles – Horizon Effect
Submersible Machines -­ Amni
Metropolis -­ Black Hole
Vertical67 ­- Playing Games
Wisp -­ House of Aos
Ceephax – South Bank
Legowelt -­ Sark Island Acid
Vertical67 -­ Clacid
Osborne -­ L8
Vertical67 – Turn
James Booth ­- Christa’s Reverie