Updated: Jul 8
Born Phil Bolland, Sync 24 has been on a relentless mission over the last nearly 2 decades to spread his uncanny style of Electro Bass to the masses, continuously expanding upon his own accomplishments, and always leaving the listener to wonder "what will come next?"; sometimes even the occasional: "how does he do that?".
Previously recording under the Cultek moniker with Rob Smith on Touchin' Bass Records, Bolland decided to leave the project to begin his solo career writing and producing as Sync 24. Debuting as a solo artist once again on Touchin' Bass in 2003, Bolland went on to deliver "Darker Senses". This dark and suspenseful EP was what could be best described perhaps as a stepping stone for Sync 24, not yet displaying the signature technical complexity that has made this artist so notorious over the years, but instead here carrying the last remains of Cultek’s sound.
The following year in April of 2004, Sync 24 returned with songs such as “Fragmatic”, which made it on the first CD sampler compilation on Baselogic Records, also featuring some of his works under Cultek, as well as that of artists like Ed Chamberlain, Synapse, and the Miami Beat Alliance. That same month, Sync 24’s “Sense 3”, was featured on Fabric Records’ "Electro Radio Mix" CD, by the British duo “Tyrant”. The CD also featured Mat Carter, Silicon Scally, Point B, Volsoc, Ectomorph, Justin Berkovi, and another song by Bolland under the Cultek moniker, with “Infra-Red”.
In 2005, Sync 24 returned on Touchin’ Bass Records, along with MANASYt, on the split 12” called, “The Subsiding E.P.”. The record featured 2 songs by each artist, and was a frantic ride through the twisted musical minds of these two artists. Sync 24’s “The Warg”, and “I Don’t Know”, were warmly welcomed themes, bringing the right balance of mind and body with a sound that was beginning to evolve and reflect more of Sync 24’s contemporary sound, with powerful mechanic beats, abstract sequences, and mystifying synth sweeps and stabs.
As his sound continued to evolve along the years, his label Cultivated Electronics, founded in 2007, would become his homebase where he would bring in many of his past comrades, but also newer talents such as Morphology, Sonar Base, and MMT-8 to name a few. Sync 24, also assigning himself to perpetual remix duties on the imprint, has utilized the wide range of styles on the label, to show exactly what his capacity to rework material in his own devious and ingenious way can be. Remixes like that of Morphology's "Information Paradox", and Scape One's "Substorm" are but a couple examples of the fire behind this incredible UK artist.
It has certainly been a wild ride so far, and it can only be expected to get even more dramatic as time goes on. Sync 24 and Cultivated Electronics, not to mention his events “Scand”, have been a huge factor in the keeping alive of our scene, and in the return, even if somewhat minimal, of vinyl to our music. The level of ingenuity, and attention to detail that this artist and label have to offer, is something to be admired, and something any and all doing this should pay attention to.