Taking the label’s motto of crafting “Emotions Into Sound,” Jacob Henry and Tom Fall help ease worries away on Silk Music Showcase 07!
Silk Music continues to be a creative force in dance music. Aiding Beatport over the past two years with defining the sounds of both “Melodic Techno” and “Organic House,” the label continues to expand its audience and give them exactly what they want. No surprise that they would continue their defining series Silk Music Showcase for their fans in 2020 by tapping those same sounds. The compilation, mixed by Silk Music radio show veterans Jacob Henry and Tom Fall, captures the stunning beauty of the label’s entire catalog.
In the seventh iteration of the compilation, each DJ/producer takes the reins on the current and future catalog of Silk Music, representing a signpost as to how the label continues to evolve its sound and how talented its wide brush of artists are. The selection ties veterans of the label with newcomers alike, providing love and generosity for talents of all levels.
From stalwarts like Sound Quelle, Approaching Black, Eleven.Five, and A.M.R. to label newbies like Banaati and Skua & Cosmaks the journey takes listeners to new places. From this base, each artist crafts a stunning sonic journey sure to entrance the mind’s eyes and tug on the emotional heartstrings inside.
If the above moves you, go grab your copy of Silk Music Showcase 07 on the platform of your choice, and read on for a handful of the standout tracks!
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Diving through the thirty-two track selection here would be madness and ruin the overall journey. Instead, let me offer a few scenic road stops along the way in each mix.
Jacob Henry’s Selections:
Glaue – “Kykeon”: Listeners first hear Glaue on “A Field in England” but it is “Kykeon” that shines brighter. This track provides deep bass, dark atmospheric pads, and tribal percussion that captures the mind intimately. There is a sublime flute-like line in the central sections and the whole break exudes getting lost in the tall grassy fields of the Gaelic cultures. The back half of the track brings the kick back for the deeper progressive house style so it will work beautifully on the radio or on a dance floor.
JayFM – “Wishful Thinking”: JayFM follows Glaue’s “Kykeon” with this stunning work that mixes the vibes of soft rock, the Balearic islands, and progressive house so well one can’t help but get lost in a sway. This is something for the sunset or the sunrise – warmth embraces the soul, beats get inside to start the movement to or fro, and the soft licks of the guitar glide one to a new destination. This would sound perfect in a soundtrack for say, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, or really anywhere where time passes and the calling of the water meets the joy of exploration.
Hausmann & Wynnwood – “Catharsis”: As the first mix ends, we find the third selection involving Wynnwood. “Catharisis” is the star of the show here, not to take anything away from the other two earlier tracks, but the hypnotic grooves and xylophone-like fills all effortlessly breathe against the pounding drive of the track’s beat. The soft melodic lines that playfully tease the ears feel uplifting without relying on gimmicks. This is genre master-craft at work!
Tom Fall’s Selections
Andromedha – “Harbour Calling”: Brooding but beautiful easily describes “Harbour Calling.” Was this track written for a ship coming in from the sea, a ferry crossing the lakes or rivers, or some other reason? While unknown, it is easy to hear the craftsmanship in its stunning beauty. Driving by a four-to-the-floor beat, the track slides into the breakdown with ease, offers dark electric guitar lines, growling bass elements, and soft strings to ease the mood.
meHilove – “Gravity”: Ukrainian artist meHilove is no newcomer to the scene having released tracks over the past decade across many labels. That pedigree fully empowers “Gravity”. Deep basslines wrap the production’s low end throughout – offering both plucks and growls to drive the various segments. The soft melody in the break feels like its right at home – echoing off the walls of a studio, the windows of a car, or the speakers in your house. The mood is playful, yet haunted – something that both jumps and falls at any given moment. Get stuck into this one.
David Broaders – “Going Home”: Following up from “Gravity” is “Going Home.” The Irish producer finds homes on some of the biggest progressive house labels out there: Pure Progressive, FSOE Parallels, and Enhanced Progressive. In coming back to Silk Music after a number of years, he delivers this stunning piece of music. Whimsical ethnic vocal elements and synth lines that exude nostalgia but avoid feeling dated at all capture the magic that made the genre so influential over the years. If clubs were open in 2020, this would be on the radar of everyone who plays the progressive style.