Bruno Mars and Anderson. Paak are Silk Sonic, a project conceptualized when Paak opened for Mars on his 24K Magic World Tour in 2017 the duo was later named by Bootsy Collins. The result of all that is a duo that has perfectly meshed together styles and is successful in showcasing what both musicians have to offer audiences.
An Evening With Silk Sonic is the title of the duo’s debut album; it features legendary bassist Bootsy Collins - best known as a member of funk group Parliament and for playing with James Brown as the evening’s host. His primary task is in presenting the duo throughout the album which he does with an unshakable flair. He and ThunderCat are featured on a song titled, “After Last Night”. The featured artists glimmer on the song that could be an elevation of something Keith Sweat might have made in the ’90s, Collins’ ad-libs throughout propel the would be a typical R&B song to a higher dimension. “After Last night” is an album highlight. Much of the debut pays homage to what are obvious influences for both artists including acknowledgments to acts Collins was a part of as well as some of the best decades of Soul and R&B. Silk Sonic with the aid of D’Mile who is currently one of R&B’s finest producers make their mark and pave the way for the future. D’Mile who has worked with artists such as The Carters ad H.E.R. lends a hand to Mars on production his “ modern” approach to R&B helps tie the album together. Whilst the production is worth a mention the true stars are Paak ad Mars who shine within their individual capacities and as a duo. The pair has undeniable charisma. “Fly As Me” is where Paak is allowed to soar, he is completely in his element, delivering a casual but quirky cockiness to the funk-inspired song. Mars, who had great success with his album, 24K Magic is a seasoned veteran at delving into some of these genres and this is illustrated on, “Smokin’ Out The Window”. The project is precise in featuring the quintessential topics needed for a successful Soul and R&B project, it lacks very little in painting all the right pictures and evoking all the appropriate emotions.
At the core of it, Silk Sonic doesn’t necessarily do anything unheard of, they fuse multiple genres together, but they become the exception by delivering a strong and flawless project that serves as the perfect amalgamation of Funk, Pop, Soul, and R&B. These two artists with sometimes similar styles but very unique forms of presentation have managed to come together to create a project that clearly showcases their differences and how they can be utilized collectively to strengthen their similarities to create something magnificent. An Evening With Silk Sonic is worth a listen for fans of both artists, it is a smooth listen that arguably breathes much-needed fresh air into the music industry.