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Synkro – Hand In Hand EP

Following the release of Synkro AKA Joe McBride collection of his formative early works earlier this year, Apollo Recordings is proud to present a brand new EP that draws on the rich heritage of library music.

Despite having come up during the dubstep era McBride’s music has always resisted easy classification – ‘Hand In Hand’ sees him shift his musical focus in a yet more cinematic direction.

McBride explains : “The record was inspired and influenced by my love of electronic 80’s UK library records like the Chappell AV series, Bruton, Soundstage & De Wolfe Music library. Theres a lot of synth work that carries on from my album using my trusted Juno-6 / SH101 / JX8P combo with the addition of drum samples via an old akai S2800 I purchased recently. Most sounds I’ve made from scratch on hardware based on sounds used in the library records i mentioned above along with a few cheeky samples.”

Synkro’s signature expansive atmospherics are still very much present, but now they have been burnished by soaring synth pads and pulsing drum tracks that call to mind the haunted melancholy of John Carpenter or contemporary such as Legowelt or Andy Stott.   Rhythmically ‘Hand In Hand’ sees McBride moving somewhat away from his usual off kilter programming inspired by 2-step and garage, embracing the steady pulse of 4:4 which turns out to be an effortless fit.

10 November 2017 / Apollo Recordings
01. Vanishing Point
02. Hand In Hand
03. Automatic Response
04. Red Sky

Synkro – Hand In Hand EP

Following the release of Synkro AKA Joe McBride collection of his formative early works earlier this year, Apollo Recordings is proud to present a brand new EP that draws on the rich heritage of library music.

Despite having come up during the dubstep era McBride’s music has always resisted easy classification – ‘Hand In Hand’ sees him shift his musical focus in a yet more cinematic direction.

McBride explains : “The record was inspired and influenced by my love of electronic 80’s UK library records like the Chappell AV series, Bruton, Soundstage & De Wolfe Music library. Theres a lot of synth work that carries on from my album using my trusted Juno-6 / SH101 / JX8P combo with the addition of drum samples via an old akai S2800 I purchased recently. Most sounds I’ve made from scratch on hardware based on sounds used in the library records i mentioned above along with a few cheeky samples.”

Synkro’s signature expansive atmospherics are still very much present, but now they have been burnished by soaring synth pads and pulsing drum tracks that call to mind the haunted melancholy of John Carpenter or contemporary such as Legowelt or Andy Stott. Rhythmically ‘Hand In Hand’ sees McBride moving somewhat away from his usual off kilter programming inspired by 2-step and garage, embracing the steady pulse of 4:4 which turns out to be an effortless fit.

10 November 2017 / Apollo Recordings

01. Vanishing Point
02. Hand In Hand
03. Automatic Response
04. Red Sky

Sieren – Ascension EP

A software engineer at Ableton by day, Sieren’s love for UK influenced bass music and field recording and experimental soundscaping resulted in his Apollo debut ‘Static Polymorphism’ a masterly EP of spaced out street-rave soul.

Now returning with the five track Ascension EP, Frick has tightened and toughened up his sound somewhat (see the caustic bass glower of ‘Slinger’), augmenting his starry eyed wonder with a firmer percussive underpinning and more driving tempos. However still present are his preternatural grasp of emotion and atmosphere that marked him out as one to watch – perfectly underscored by the heartbreaking beauty of the title track.

Fellow Apollo cohort Synkro AKA Joe McBride was instrumental in the curation of Sieren’s debut Static Polymorphism EP on Apollo, hand picking the tracks, as well as road testing them in his DJ sets. This time McBride goes one further, collaborating with Frick on the track ‘Lost You’ to memorable effect – the beautiful pads and ghostly piano are a perfect synergy of their complimentary skill sets.

This is richly textured and intricately programmed post-bass music that is sure to satisfy fans of Burial, dBridge, Akkord with its soulful sincerity and warmth.

29 September 2017 / Apollo Recordings

Synkro – Memories (2008-2011)

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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
08 Girl
09 Presence
10 Memory
11 Closed Doors
12 Departure
13 Letting Go
14 In Transit
15 Open Arms
16 Summer Blues
17 Progression

Synkro – Changes Remix EP

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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
Tracklist:
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)

Video: Synkro – Midnight Sun

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Check out the beautiful new video for Synkro’s ‘Midnight Sun’, one of the tracks from his debut album ‘Changes’, due to drop on Apollo on 18th September.

The video is a trippy monochromatic journey of morphing geometric shapes, set to the downtempo broken-beat of ‘Midnight Sun’.

For his debut album Synkro once again proves his effortless ability to create cinematic textures and surreal sonic vistas. The addition of vintage synths to his studio has helped to shape the sound of the tracks, whilst his trademark warm, emotive melodies are ever present.

Lyves & Synkro – Body Close

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UK based songstress Lyves unveiled her new single “Body Close”, produced by UK producer Joe McBride aka Synkro, an amazing moody and sensual song featuring her astonishing vocals. The track will be part of both artists’ respective forthcoming EPs, set to release sometime later this year.