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On Cue: Sync 24

On Cue is our newly relaunched flagship mix series, celebrating the pivotal DJs and producers whose influence has shaped the world of electronic music, both in their local scenes and beyond. Next up is London’s Sync 24, who delivers a formidable mix of razor-sharp electro...

Phil Bolland has been flying the flag for electro in the UK for close to two decades now. Through his longrunning party series, Scand, and prolific label, Cultivated Electronics, he has – under the name Sync 24 – been championing the Drexciyan Detroit sound’s counterparts and disciples across the pond since the early ‘00s, through thick and thin.

Starting Cultivated Electronics in 2007, Bolland explains that launching the label at that time was largely in response to a dwindling electro scene in the UK. Where the labels he admired most like Touchin Bass, SCSI-AV and Satamile were slowing their output, CE gained momentum, usually in exchange for virtually nothing in return. As techno and house continued to expand and dominate the underground club sphere, electro, with its sci-fi sonics and urgent rhythms was pushed further down, quietly operating in the UK with parties like Scand and WANG while receiving little love from the industry that was starting to thrive on a monumental scale.

Recent years, however, have seen electro enjoying a renaissance, with stalwart acts like recent DJ Mag cover star DJ Stingray, DeFeKt and Juan Atkins' Cybotron reaching new heights after years of graft, while breakthrough names like Solid Blake, Jensen Interceptor and Volruptus pave the way for a whole new wave of artists to hit the big leagues. Meanwhile, emerging DJs and ravers exploring the sound discovered a treasure trove in Cultivated Electronics, which Bolland had been lovingly curating while many were looking the other way. Now, the label has 30 releases under its belt,  with highlights from the past year including the ‘From The Dark’ V/A series which comprised three LPs featuring artists including The Exaltics, Maelstrom, Privacy, Animistic Beliefs and Sync 24 himself.

“The ‘From The Dark Comps’ were a massive achievement for the label,” Bolland tells DJ Mag. “CE had never released an LP so to do three in such a short space of time with such a high calibre of artists was awesome. I also had a corresponding From The Dark tour across Europe with some of the CE team. All the shows were great but a few highlights were kicking things off at C12 in Brussels with Morphology and Carl Finlow, playing two all night b2b sets with Jensen Interceptor in Moscow and St Petersburg and playing live at Tresor for Delta Funktionen's Let's Watch UFOs night.”


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