Silk Rhodes – ‘Silk Rhodes’

Silk Rhodes - 'Silk Rhodes'

Buddies of Mac DeMarco and Ariel Pink mix lo-fi R&B with old-school soul on their debut

Despite their name, which references online drugs black market Silk Road (and the Fender electric piano), and their album cover (an acid tab on a tongue), Baltimore duo Silk Rhodes aren’t all that psychedelic. Rather, these friends of Ariel Pink and Mac DeMarco (one of whom, Michael Collins, also releases albums under the name Salvia Plath on Domino imprint Weird World) sit in the Stones Throw catalogue next to rootsy artists Mayer Hawthorne and Myron & E – they make soul music inspired as much by Curtis Mayfield as D’Angelo, although they’re more minimal and standoffish. This impressive debut, comprised of songs that are short, sometimes barely formed but full of feel, delivers a groove for every time of day: ‘Pains’ is a barely-out-of-bed slow jam; ‘Realtime’ is Dâm-Funk-like cruising music; ‘Personal Use’ is a nighttime house workout. An album for fans of How To Dress Well and Gayngs, and proof enough that there’s life in the old lo-fi R&B dog yet.

Phil Hebblethwaite


Director: Silk Rhodes
Record label: Stones Throw
Release date: 05 Jan, 2015