SYNCRETIC are two DJ’s from South London with a serious bent on making it big. Don’t be fooled by their slightly obscure DJ name, according to their soundcloud Syncretic means a reconciliation or fusion of differing systems of belief, Syncretic make music that’s easily understood. It’s all about driving bass beats, chopped up percussion and sporadic snippets of melody; the perfect anecdote to that 2:30am, “one too many beers” slump we’ve all faced at one time or another.
Having already graced the decks at legendary London clubs Ministry of Sound, Pacha, Fire, Lightbox and the now sadly deceased, Cable, as well as featuring at this year’s We Are FSTVL 2014, the duo have now dropped a new EP, The Effusive EP, on Recess Recordings. The first track, “Effusive” sounds like it’s been produced from the bottom of a drain (we mean that in a good way!) with its repetitive echoes and vibrating reverbs, a sound which, ironically, requires a fairly deft level of production skill. What we’re left with is a dirty, driving club cut designed for the murky depths of the dance floor; the place where Syncretic, evidently, feel most at home. Second track, “The Insight” explores a slightly more melodic bent despite the inclusion of a pitched down, spoken vocal sample with a distinctly “G House” cadence (yawn.) Predictable vocal aside, the magic of this track lies in it’s bouncy, staccato percussion which is set to stir up something primal within the listener, particularly when combined with the vocal’s persistent order to “MOVE.”
In a world where dance music has become increasingly “cookie cutter,” this EP caught our eye because it offered up something both interesting and uncontrived. It’s made for the dance floor and that’s where it should stay, this is no 10am, “on the way to work” soother, but for a pair of DJ/producers still in the infancy of their career, it’s a brilliant effort. Turn your heads to the sky, Syncretic are on the rise!