Keith Farrugia aka Sound Synthesis’ home base of Malta may not be renowned as electro central, but the consistent stream of superlative releases he’s made there under the name Sound Synthesis have certainly put him on the map. In keeping with the floor-aimed functional nature of his tracks, this eight cut selection is a double 12” rather than an album and indeed, wherever you dip into it you’ll find iron-cast electro manoeuvres destined to keep feet moving. A valuable addition to any electro DJ’s armoury, this set has the right tune for just about every moment you care to mention.
In 2018, unknown artist James Infiltrate dropped an album of smart electro tunes that get everyone talking. It turned out to be an alias of James Burnham aka Burnski aka the Constant Sound boss aka Instinct Now some of the cuts from that album get choice remixes – Alex Jann flips ‘Flash’ into a caustic electro banger with bright synths and twisted bass. Stojche goes for a lurching, loopy, scintillating and loopy remix of ‘Isolate’ that takes you to the stars and the flip offers up an acid laced electro cruiser from Sound Synthesis and Relpek mix of ‘Reconnect’ that is melodic and mysterious.
Inflitrate’s electro mission continues unabated with this new drop from Maltese producer Sound Synthesis. ”Hidden Realms” is a brooding yet cosy workout, while ”I Guess You Know” heads into more sparkling, emotive territory, and ”Sonically Entwined” lets in a little Kraftwerkian noir. ”Electronic Feelings” is a more downcast track to close out the 12”, but there’s still plenty of punch in the broken beat powering the track.
Stojche is a Berlin-based veteran of labels ranging from Dogmatik right up to a.r.t.less and Tangible Assets, and he’s already had a strong 2020 with drops on Sungate and Grounded In Humanity. Now he comes to Infiltrate with some electro-wired sure shots that keep the tempo up, the synth work bold and the moods intense. “Trauma” rides on rich pads and a harmonious monosynth lead, while “Phobia” takes things freakier with some rapid fire percussion and icy stabs. “Thug Life” keeps the pressure up on the flip, albeit with some dubby melodic flex to temper the rabid beats. “Conflict” completes the set with deep-diving top lines and a decidedly nasty low end squelch you could lose your shoes in.
Ste Roberts delivers 4 high energy electro cuts on Infiltrate.