I think I can speak for many by admitting I have been eagerly awaiting Synchronice‘s forthcoming EP. Especially after reading tweets from a slew of dubstep pioneers who got a first listen. For example, Datsik saying the EP is “Fire!” then recently Candyland tweeting: “Was starting to get disappointed in dubstep then the bass gods gave me the new @Synchronice EP.” If that doesn’t build the excitement, then you should probably consult a doctor.
We are launched into the Countdown EP by the title track; with its bright piano riffs, swelling synths and crisp drums, it builds to a great height before crashing down in a tangle of juddering bass licks and diving synths. This flows through to track two, “The Sentence,” which keeps things dark. Led by the ominous vocal proclaiming “The sentence is death,” booming drums and cascades of ascending midrange drive the track forward.
In tune with the cinematic textures that have preceded it, track three, “This & That,” encapsulates this mood while once again delivering something different. Here the sharp synth work and mangled bass are channeled into a glitch, funk-driven bounce. The Countdown EP is then completed by a remix of “Machete,” taken from label head DATSIK’s Cold Blooded EP. Staying true to the vibe of the original, Synchronice inject it with some of their trademark bounce.