Jun 2nd, 2023
Silky Steps hustles towards the scene trailblazed by Nile Rodgers, and currently held by the likes of Jungle, L’imperatrice and Parcels. The 5-piece hailing from Estonia’s summer capital Pernau have their own concoction of neo-soul, nu-disco and pop-funk to offer, though. At the helm, a combo of male-female lead vocals sing about the X-rated side of life. Plentiful synths and suave basslines get all the right juices flowing. All the while a musical guest will pop in here and there to provide a sax solo, sing a ref or throw down a little rap.
The latter is especially true for Universal Language, as 2023 sees the group step up their game in a big way. Their 2nd single “Fly, Goodbye“ took off as the title suggests and got its first BBC 6 airplay on the revered Cerys Matthews show. Robert Linna of Lexsoul Dancemachine lent his falsetto to the latter track, while MC Roki raps on “Falling For You” and Rahel collabs on the title-track.
In total, there are 10 tunes on the album that’s put out digitally and on vinyl via Funk Embassy Records – the Estonian imprint that recently won Record label of the Year at the local music industry awards. The tracks are presented in the band’s new concept video, in the style of Steve Jobs’ presentation of the first Mac computer.
‘Universal Language’ out on LP / Digital on June 2nd 2023 via Funk Embassy