Of sylk to come

Deep Soul (jjeudy@hotmail.com)
Sat, 24 Apr 1999 21:37:52 EDT

Here's a clip from a recent story in one of Philly's alternative
weekly's. There's much ado about how Philly is growing in dominance on
the map of new music, and also on the general resurgence of R&B in the
charts (Wow, even MTV isn't as polarized as it used to be).
Although more of the focus of the piece is on some of the Philly
recording studios which are riding the crest of current successes,
there's a quick talk with King Britt, about his new Sylk 130 project:

(Oh and by the way, I hope you have your copy of the Remix album! Even
here in Philly it's running off shelves...)

"King Britt, the mastermind behind the kaleidoscopic art-dance project
Sylk 130, couldn't agree more. "A lot of people are doing the '80s
thing now," he says, taking a break from mixing Sylk 130's new album
at Gold's studio. "It was an amalgamation of sound: On the radio, you
had the New Wave scene mixed with the hip-hop scene -- a Sugarhill
track right next to the Eurythmics."

Britt says the new Sylk 130 album will attempt to re-create that
eclecticism through a wide array of players and styles. Some of the
more notable performers include Kate Bush, Alison Moyet and even
Blondie's Deborah Harry, whom the crew is approaching about possibly
contributing a rap. "It's an album that we wish had come out in the
'80s, that had everything on it," King continues. "It's old-school,
but we're still trying to keep a new flavor."

As an example, Britt plays a track he's currently finishing, a slinky,
insistent number that could easily have been inspired by Patrice
Rushen's 1982 hit "Forget-Me-Nots." The beat is heavier and most of
the vocals are handled by an MC, but that old, soulful groove still
dominates, right down to the smooth keyboard embellishments from a
Fender Rhodes." --Philadelphia Weekly


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