On Labor Day weekend, famed Philly DJ and sound artist King Britt is getting the band back together.
Sylk 130, King’s late 90s collective that led the world all-too-briefly on an expansive funk / dance odyssey, is headlining the TLA on Sunday, September 4th for a one-time-only reunion gig…and if you didn’t know already, it’s a big freaking deal.
To get a sense of the band’s place in local and national music history, here’s a video that aired on MTV in spring of 1998, recently shared from King Britt’s Facebook page. This was in the cable music channel’s late-90s flirtation with “electronica” — Amp-era, for the old heads — and it finds MTV News anchor Kurt Loader going on a record shopping trip with King at Dance Tracks, his favorite NYC store.
Worth noting, this was the era when compact disc was still the leading format; mp3s were not yet a thing, nor was the mid-aughties vinyl resurgence, but King nevertheless has an incredibly handle portable player called a vinyl burger that he uses to sample singles pulled from Dance Tracks’ shelves.
In between, he discusses Sylk 130, we see music videos and live performances of “Last Night a DJ Saved My Life,” “When The Funk Hits the Fan” and “The Reason.” King also gives some insight into the band’s mission: “It’s a form of expression so everyone can enjoy what we do and what we stand for in Philadelphia. It’s a family vibe: good energy and positive reinforcement for everyone.”
Watch the clip below, along with a blast from the past in the “Last Night a DJ Saved My Life” video. Sylk 130 headlines the TLA on Sunday, September 4th; tickets are available now, more information can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar.
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