Sync 24 ducks beneath the circuit boards, this time resurfacing for four tracks on Sheffield’s Central Processing Unit.
Sync 24 is a name synonymous with Electro. Under this moniker Phil Bolland has headed his Cultivated Electronics imprint as well as releasing his own brand of cold machine music. The UK artist is once again ducking beneath the circuit boards, this time resurfacing for four tracks on Sheffield’s Central Processing Unit.
With temperatures plummeting some Arctic electronics seem fitting. Beats slice across the wax, rising and falling in ferocity. “Fallen Moon” is a stark, reduced piece. Samples echo into a background of sliding ice sheets. Little heat is felt on the EP, instead it is stripped back shadows under inspection. The device is dissected. Wires laid bare. Distance is elongated by Bolland. The human voice is manipulated into indecipherable snippets, the gulf between the electrical world and its organic counterpart aurally displayed for all to hear. Staggered chords introduce the Sci-Fi centred “Memory Bubble” before the final dismantling. “Program 5” peels away all decoration. Echoes feed into themselves, cruel beats puncturing any hope of comfort.
Twilight Zones is undoubtedly some of the pared down music I have heard from Sync 24. The Cultivated Electronics boss always had a penchant for colder cuts but this latest sees a new barrenness course through speaker cones. But there is a brutal beauty to Bolland’s reduced vision, one of unapologetic contrast and harsh tones.
Twilight Zones is available on Cultivated Electronics.