Did the KLF have a hand in $41,000 Discogs chart topper?
DJ Scaramanga Silk – whose breakbeat 12″ topped a chart of the most valuable records – is one of the KLF’s ‘400’
The KLF may have had a hand in obscure house producer and DJ Scaramanga Silkâs âChoose Your Weaponâ mysteriously becoming the highest-sold item on Discogs, it has been speculated.
Prince‘s ‘Black Album’ – initially withdrawn by its creator – was a longtime number one in the Discogs chart but the British DJ and producerâs breakbeat effort suddenly appeared on the top spot after Discogs updated their monthly list of its highest-selling records in December 2020. âChoose Your Weaponâ became the most expensive record ever to have been sold on the platform – and one of the most expensive records ever sold – going for $41,000 to an anonymous buyer.
Scaramanga Silk is an obscure house and breakbeat producer, charting only a handful of under-the-radar releases, including the 2012 album âDesigner Scribbleâ on the London label Micro Spiral. He also holds the world record for âslowest ever techno trackâ; the single âSacrificeâ clocks in at 91BPM, and was recognised by the independent World Record Academy for the title in 2010.
Speaking to the Guardian, he said: âIt is very difficult to understand why the release went for that kind of money, as I do not believe that any record is worthy of such a valuation. The individual who made the purchase must have had some kind of special connection to the work tooâŚ It means a lot that ‘Choose Your Weapon’ is so special to somebody.â
Self-released in 2008 under the Wintelligence imprint – as a limited run of 20 records, a CD-rom, an art print and a poem – it is the first time the record bundle has ever been sold on the marketplace. It was, however, already known as a collectorâs item, with another copy having been sold for just over $600 on eBay.
The connection with The KLF comes through the fact that he is noted to have been a member of âThe 400â, referring to the 400 volunteers who took part in The Justified Ancients of Mu Muâs (The JAMs) âWelcome To The Dark Agesâ festival in 2017. Silk also contributed the track âIâm Losing Kontrolâ to their album âThe 400 Remix Projectâ, a collaborative record intended as a response to the number 23, a number venerated by the JAMs.
On the release page for âChoose Your Weaponâ, Discogs user salierite speculated that the KLF were involved in driving up the price of Silkâs record: âMy guess is this is the KLFâ. The JAMs – formerly known as The KLF – are a pioneering dance music act who infamously burned ÂŁ1m in 1994, and are known for their publicity stunts. Another Discogs user commented, âwe should take it for granted that the sale is fishy at least?â
The KLF – or the JAMs as they’re currently appearing as – have also been in active mode of late. Yesterday they released âCome Down Dawn (Full Chapter)â, a version of their ‘Chill Out’ classic album, though with some notable omissions of famous samples from records by Elvis Presley, Fleetwood Mac and Acker Bilk. Other areas seem to have been subtly altered, with the theme from Dr Who and the three note riff from ‘What Time Is Love’ sneaking into the mix on several occasions.
But not everyone is convinced that it’s worthy of the hype. One fan on a Facebook KLF group declared: âIs anyone else feeling a little disappointed by this? Taking out all of the samples is Literally Not What The KLF Is About. I think the sheep are louder though, so I guess that’s One Thing The KLF Is About.â
However, Juno Daily has been in touch with source close to the duo who say that future instalments will include previously unreleased music from the duoâs archives, including unheard remixes from regular collaborator Tony Thorpe.