After putting together a 20th year reunion show at The TLA earlier this month, King Britt has announced the release of a Sylk 130 greatest hits album called What Happened Was…. The LP is a collection of unreleased recordings of songs from the Sylk 130 catalog, featuring the legendary Philadelphia musician / DJ / producer’s many collaborators like Ursula Rucker and the late Grover Washington Jr.
About Sylk 130’s influence, XPN’s Bruce Warren wrote:
Sylk 130’s blend of funk, soul, and jazz was an important moment in Philly music history when Britt released [When the Funk Hits the Fan]. The album became a focal point and chronicle for so much incredible music that had been happening in Philly. A mid-80s graduate of Central High and then Temple University, King Britt quickly became one of Philly’s most popular and influential DJ’s, doing residencies at Silk City and Revival. His Silk City sets were legendary, changing the course of dance music and setting a course for him that to this day has him playing to audiences around the world. The Philly scene during this time included vibrant performances at venues like The Five Spot, Fluid, and Shampoo and included The Roots, Floetry, Jazzyfatnastees, and the always fun and funky Black Lily nights. In 1992 Britt toured for two years with Digable Planets, and in 1998 he debuted with Sylk 130’s When The Funk Hit The Fan. Over the course of his career he’s collaborated with numerous musicians from various genres, remixed Miles Davis, curated concerts in tribute to Sun Ra, presented at the Fringe Festival, and his musical vocabulary includes everything hip-hop, funk and jazz to house, techno, and electronic improvisation. In 2007 Britt won a prestigious Pew Fellowship in the Arts for composition.
Britt has also lined up some dates around the country for later this season, culminating with a “birthday set” at 714 in Philadelphia on November 12th. If you want to catch him sooner, stop by Johnny Brenda’s this Friday, September 30th – he’ll be opening up for Xenia Rubinos (tickets for that show can be found here).
Listen to the original version of the Grover Washington Jr. collab “For Love” below and pre-order the compilation here.
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