Silk Rhodes announce debut LP for Stones Throw, hopefully involving plenty of Rhodes piano

Silk Rhodes announce debut LP for Stones Throw, hopefully involving plenty of Rhodes piano

Rising soul duo Silk Rhodes, a.k.a. singer Sasha Desree and producer Michael Collins, have quite the backstory. Originally from Baltimore, the L.A.-based group turned a 97 Honda CRV into a makeshift recording studio by running a microphone through a loop pedal and connecting it to the car stereo. Then they would “broadcast their experiments to the streets, commenting on their observations in rhyme, soliciting ideas from strangers, and inviting people into the car to contribute vocals, or loop beats.” Sounds like a poetry slam gone horribly right.

From these car sound collages, they amassed an album’s worth of soul cuts and found themselves a deal with Peanut Butter Wolf’s veteran Stones Throw label. Now, the pair have released a stark, emotive video for “Pains,” the lead single from their self-titled debut LP. The track retains a distinct R&B sensibility, but strips most of the excess away so that only Desree’s falsetto, some tremolo guitar strums, and a lilting rhythm carry it forward. Silk Rhodes drops on December 12; peep the video and tracklist below.

Silk Rhodes tracklist:

01. Intro
02. Pains
03. Face 2 Face
04. Laurie’s Machine
05. Realtime
06. Barely New
07. Horizon Line
08. This Painted World
09. Group 1987
10. Hold Me Down
11. Personal Use
12. The System

• Silk Rhodes: https://soundcloud.com/silkrhodes
• Stones Throw: http://www.stonesthrow.com

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