...the slickest contemporary beats set them apart...
Jack Smith 2005
Silver City's press officer may enthuse that the group's self-titled debut long-player is better than Mylo and Daft Punk, but the jury's still out on the former. Ironically it would be more apt to call them Argentina's most famous export since Maradona; if nothing else they're certainly more liked in the UK!
No strangers to the club world, producers Julian Sanza and Fernando Pulichino have numerous aliases: the Spirals, 2020 Soundsystem, Ciudad Feliz and just plain Julian & Fernando have seen them notch-up releases for DTPM, Shaboom, Bosh and 3am since bursting onto the scene back in 2001.
Similarly their fan-base has steadily grown to include an enviable and highly varied array of DJs - John Digweed, Josh Wink, James Zabelia and Laurent Garnier amongst their number.
In fairness to their overly optimistic publicity machine there are some great moments on Silver City, not least the beautifully crafted "La Seine" - a mind-enveloping instrumental that just gets better with each successive play and would certainly give Röyksopp a gentle stroll for their money on the chillout stakes.
From the slap-bass and in-ya-face funk of "What You Get" (which would make Larry Graham sit up and take note), to the vocoder vibe of "Dance Till The Morning", Silver City beat to several drums without ever finding a niche to call home.
But it's this variation that makes their eponymous debut all the better. Ironically it's "Say Hi", with a bassline that sounds uncannily like the Miracles' "Love Machine" and supporting a vocal from Fernando that Shaun Ryder would be proud to call his own, that captures the essence of the Argentinean duo best. They wear they influences for all to see: "Shiver" sounding uncannily like the Red Hot Chili Peppers' "By The Way"; "Down Til Seven" a blend of equal parts P-funk and The Jacksons.
Silver City's distinctive use of live bass and keys, wrapped around some of the slickest contemporary beats set them apart from the mediocrity in clubland, and whilst their true identity and mish-mash of influential sounds are far from recognisable, it's still uniquely Silver City.