Following Synkro AKA Joe McBride 2015’s stellar debut album ‘Changes’, Apollo Recordings is proud to present a collection of his formative early works.
Originally released on scene stalwart labels such as Smokin’ Sessions, Blackout, Box Clever, Med School and Exit Records, these tracks displays the music that forged his career tracking his progression up to signing to Apollo.
Despite having come up during the dubstep era McBride’s music has always resisted easy classification – winding together such diverse influences as Boards Of Canada, dBridge, Burial and Oneohtrix Point Never, whilst still remaining utterly unique.
The trademark warm sonics, and emotive melodies that were ever-present in ‘Changes’ are in strong evidence here – lush pads, ambient/balearic washes and soulful vocals, underpinned by a skeleton of tough, crisp beats. What is most surprising and captivating about these early works is just how consistent McBride’s sonic vision remains – melancholic, cinematic, soothing yet vital – his is a strong and truly unique voice nearly a decade into his career.
24 February 2017 / Apollo Recordings
01 Just To See Her
02 Everybody Knows
03 Lost For Words
04 If Only
05 Inhale ft. Faib
06 Heres Your
07 Look At Yourself
11 Closed Doors
13 Letting Go
14 In Transit
15 Open Arms
16 Summer Blues
Synkro delivered his superb debut album ‘Changes’ last year and has now hand picked four of his favourite producers to remix tracks and they have all seriously delivered the goods.
Sven Weiseman provides a 13 minute remix of ‘Your Heart’ that starts as an ambient track and mutates into a gentle deep house groove. Legowelt does what he does best and reimagines ‘Changes’ as an analogue Detroit house jam – check those strings!
Synkro has released on DBridge’s Exit label and he’s remixed him before so he was another natural choice. His remix of the vocal tune ‘Body Close’ featuring Lyves is classic Dbridge.
Helios (aka Keith Kenniff) is a huge inspiration to Synkro and he’s taken one of the album favourites ‘Midnight Sun’ and blissed it out even more which we didn’t think was possible.
Release date: 15 July 2016 / Apollo Recordings
01. Your Heart (Sven Weisemann To Be Pure In Heart Mix)
02. Changes (Legowelt Remix)
03. Body Close (DBridge Remix)
04. Midnight Sun (Helios Remix)