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27 Jan 13
Review: Continuing his productive run of form with R&S off-shoot Apollo, Synkro returns with yet another bumper-sized collection of tracks that show off his ever-enriching talents as a producer of silken, dub infused electronica. Acceptance as a mini-album of sorts is a more resolutely downtempo affair than previous releases, staying firmly in the realm of melancholic passages through blue-hued instrumentation and crystalline beats. There is a sense of experimentation present in the likes of "Disappear" with its lingering guitar strums, while at times he moves away from beats altogether, but this is still very recognisable as the work of Synkro.
08 Apr 12
Played by: Homegroove Project, Brisa, Flash Atkins, Chris Coco, Juno Recommends Downtempo, Enzo Canale, Submerse, Gullfisk, Liz-E, D3adl1ne, Konnekt - Hot N Heavy, Barefoot, Mixmaster Morris
Review: Expect more sublime substance from the man like Synkro as he brings us his utterly divine Broken Promise EP on newly reformed R&S sub-label Apollo. Easing us in gently with the title track, it's all downtempo bliss here, with spaced out atmospherics, undulating melodies and clinking piano keys with nudging vocals beneath. This segues neatly into the next track "Why Don't You", which features clicking, hollow beats, pared down R&B vocals and stripped back sounds. "Memories Of Love", up next, offers a gorgeous, dreamy soundscape with futuristic bleepy melodies, whilst concluding cut "Knowledge" rounds things off in style with humming bass and rattling beats.
03 Sep 12
Review: As his game steadily increases with output on all manner of high-profile labels, it's high time that one of Synkro's highlights from last year makes its way on to digital. "Look At Yourself" is a perfect slice of horizontal 2-step, with clattering drums replaced by shimmering pops and clicks, while the keys and pads blur into one perfectly ambient haze. "Girl" likewise belies Synkro's knack for moody blue synths, but also packs a wriggling acid line that cuts through the mellow tones. "Its" rounds the easy-going styles off nicely with a low-slung groove and more of the finely diced RnB vocals that are sprinkled across the whole EP.
06 Feb 12
Played by: Gee, Pablo Bolivar, Juno Recommends Dubstep, Djs: Most Charted - Dubstep, Fd, Barefoot, Bop
Review: After moonlighting on Exit, Synkro takes the lead with a track perfectly suited to the doe-eyed melancholia of the label. "Progression" also neatly fits Synkro's own emotionally rich back catalogue, as swathes of pads and tones blur into one rising and falling suite, while the beat remains crisp and rigid, gently breaking over the half-step kick pattern. Regular sparring partner Indigo steps up for the remix, bringing with him a walloping sub bass line and some seriously crafty jungle breaks. Breaking up the elegant original to become something much ruder, his reimagining is the perfect foil to complete the EP.
03 Oct 11
Drum And Bass
Review: Mancunian bass music bastion, Joe Synkro has been making a name for himself in the underground music scene with releases on D Bridge's Exit Records, Hospital's offshoot Med School, Gilles Peterson's Brownswood and beyond. A versatile producer who is not averse to breaking the boundaries, traversing the 140-170 divide, this release on Blackout is a classic Synkro cut. "Prologue" blends an industrial intro with melancholy atmospherics and tough, terse beats which seem to ricochet off one another in the main body of the tune. "Summer Blues" has a lighter tone with hazy pads, sweeping instrumentals and lush, gentle beats.
01 Aug 11
Review: Fresh from appearances on two of this year's best label showcases in Brownswood Electric 2 and Exit Records' Mosaic compilation, Synkro returns to Black Box offshoot Box Clever. The ethereal trance like atmospherics and woozy chants that fill out "Tribe" obviously provide the titular inspiration, though it's the dizzying precision and attention paid to the sharp reverse gear drum patterns that impress the most here - calling to mind Instra:mental remixing Akufen. In contrast to the rigid procession of the A Side, "Here's Yours" displays a winning loose 2-step swing that's complemented by the warm nether regions and bubbling arpeggiated melodics.
06 Jun 11
Review: Pretty dope two tracker from Manchester based producer Synkro on fledgling imprint Pushing Red, which has already brought us some next level business from Jus Wan, ASC and Ruckspin featuring Jack Sparrow. "Viewpoint" is dripping with the kind of soul and emotion that brings to mind the work of Sepalcure, with garagey beats drowning beneath deftly clipped vocal elements and the most delicate of chiming sonic touches. "That Girl" is more beautiful still - with what sounds like a pitched down R&B vocal cut buried deep under a crackling half step beat. Bliss.