Meet Baltimore’s finest odd couple. Sasha Desree is a suave, handsome and trained opera singer, hailing from New York; Mike Collins is a rambunctious, funky and trippy producer from Boston. Together, they’re Silk Rhodes: the duo who got together in Baltimore and started to create weird, lo-fi takes on classic soul music. Their self-titled debut is tinged by the likes of Stevie Wonder, Prince, The Delfonics and Sly & The Family Stone, but given a minimal twist. “We were having an identity crisis of sorts, but we got around it by allowing it to be fun,” Collins told NME. “It’s serious music but it’s fun, and free of irony. Unabashedly, we’re ourselves in Silk Rhodes – no-one can call shame on us.”
You can find out more about what makes Collins and Desree tick in this week’s issue of NME – we’ve also got an exclusive playlist curated by the pair, in which they pick over some of their favourite artists and the songs which influenced them most. Stream it below.