We are unimaginably excited to present to you the very first UK date (and only date in the North!) of the 100% Silk label tour here in Sheffield, featuring ITAL, MARIA MINERVA, LA VAMPIRES, and MAGIC TOUCH, plus additional 100% Silk DJ sets.This superb label based in LA has been created by the very same Amanda Brown responsible for the similarly brilliant Not Not Fun label. 100% Silk explores pastures new and is fast producing some of the lushest releases in 2012, taking the best parts of house music as we know it and adding a new, experimental twist.
ITAL is the sweet solo creation of Daniel Martin-McCormick (Mr. Sex Worker, and one half of the amazing Mi Ami). The sounds heady, tactile and amorphous and come from a producer who has a rich, passionate legacy in underground music. His latest release on Planet Mu is a double 12″, a boundary-pushing, thoughtful, body moving trip. More mind-blowing SILK 12″s to come as well.
MARIA MINERVA - Estonian-born, London-based Maria Juur magnifies the idea of bedroom-ballads-turn-dirty-dance to the umpteenth power with her pleasure/pain vocals and synthphonies. Self-assured and whip smart, Maria writes sensual lyrics with an intellectual bent, calling out to all the music lovers with moving minds AND bodies.
MAGIC TOUCH is the magic touch of San Francisco-based denim demi-god DJ and dancefloor motivator Damon Palermo (the other Mi Ami half, and a constant collaborator with Jonas Reinhardt). An awe-inspiring live drummer, Damon’s miraculously been able to translate that nuance and skill into synthetic drums and production. Magic Touch is relentlessly engaging, every peak and valley composed for optimum movement and groove.
LA VAMPIRES is the shapeshifting soundsystem universe of Amanda Beth Brown (co-runner of Not Not Fun Records, mother of 100% SILK, and ex-Pocahaunted voodoo-ist). To date she’s released 4 records, each more different than the last: an acid-jazz crate-digger split with Psychic Reality, a spectral witch-dub collaboration with Zola Jesus, a blurry sunbleached cassette-loop collab with Matrix Metals, and an co-experiment in dance love and laments with Ital. Hers is an evolving vibe, utilizing a web of slowed/screwed tapes, boombox Casio FX, low end theories, and bleached voice patterns to conjure a reverb chamber’s worth of dance floor mirages.
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We’re also joined by some of Sheffield’s finest DJs - namely drumro[ll] and BOX JAMS to provide to you throughout the night. Held in the Fez Club in the centre of Sheffield, this superb intimate venue is going to play host to all manner of things ‘diamond-life dance, bliss-disco & basement luxury grooves’, plus as many mirror balls and sultry projections we can get our hands on.
we’re expecting big numbers for this event so getting advance tickets is advised - just £8 with a limited number of cheaper earlybirds on sale for a short while, and £10 on the door.
and as if anyone needed further convincing, here’s a brilliant introduction to 100% Silk mix by Sir Stephen for mixmag: http://www.mixmag.net/words/features/scene-selection%3A-100%25-silk