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Silk Rhodes Premieres Their Freaky, Sensual Self-Titled Debut LP

The Baltimore duo features producer Michael Collins (Run DMT, Salvia Plath) and vocalist Sasha Desree.

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Photographer Theo Jamison
November 19, 2014

We've been following offbeat Baltimore songwriter Michael Collins and his cheekily named digital psych projects, like Run DMT and Salvia Plath, for a while now. His newest moniker, Silk Rhodes, is another thinly-veiled reference to the darkest, druggiest corners of the internet, and the album art is a tab of personalized acid resting on a tongue, waiting to dissolve. But Silk Rhodes isn't another one of Collins' solo projects, it's a true collaboration between him and vocalist Sasha Desree, and the ghostly songs they make together creep under your skin; with minimal arrangements, achingly soulful singing and terminally mellow tempos, Silk Rhodes sounds like Motown on half-speed.

"These songs are a fusion of two people with varied inspirations and perspectives," Silk Rhodes tells The FADER over email. "They are a kind of venn diagram of our obsessions in the realms of the soul and the self. There's a lot of spontaneity and experimentation in the recordings, of which there are a lot more than what we collected here." I'm starting a petition to set those b-sides free—who's with me? Silk Rhodes is out December 2nd on Stones Throw, but you can stream it in full right now.

Silk Rhodes Premieres Their Freaky, Sensual Self-Titled Debut LP