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Renegade Riddims: SyRan


The name SyRan came after the Ransome brothers (Josh and James) toyed with the idea of forming a Drum & Bass project, having spent years consuming a diet of Andy C and Calibre. After modestly working under individual pseudonyms, a chance meeting with Ray Keith at Clashmouth’s vinyl market meant that the name SyRan finally stuck, solidifying their commitment to melding their two considerable talents. Following this encounter, as well as several releases under their belt, they finally found a home within the roster of Ram Records. Over twenty-five years in the making, Ram are an imprint that have cultivated the careers of some of the genre’s shining lights. And after the success of SyRan’s Ram debut, the two are likely to follow a similar, antiquated path. Evidence of this is SyRan’s ‘Paradigm’ EP which received a plethora of support from the most imperative figures within Drum & Bass. Lauded by UKF and DJ Mag, SyRan’s step onto the forefront gained them international attention. But when considering their commitment to the subgenre they’d soon provide a tracklist for this was the only inevitable conclusion. They were building their own place within its fabric.

From Josh’s first experience of Drum & Bass in a small, dimly lit Wigan club called Rok Box, he wasn’t aware of just how influential that moment would become for both him and James. Juxtaposing his background in learning piano, Josh became more and more enamoured with the world of dance music through a family friend. Thrashing out album’s like Pendulum’s ‘Hold Your Colour’, Robert Miles ‘Dreamland’ and Faithless’ ‘Reverence’ within his Peterborough bedroom, he soon piqued the ears of James. James, having meticulously watched his brother engineer his sonic artillery, began to do the same. It started with basic Sony programmes and messing over loops; something which would later progress to the duo mastering FL studio. Two licenses later, Josh and James poured over synth making VSTs and gradually day by day, month by month, they were steadily moulding their experiences. Later deciding to make these learning curves together, Josh and James’ growing competency could be heard throughout every milestone. Something which would later lead to their biggest career move to date.

After pulling together their individual attributes, SyRan grew to be a staple on line-ups across the country, from nights like Jungle Juice to the Ritual Collective. Drawing for tracks by Camo & Krooked, Culture Shock, Technimatic and LSB, their own records were clearly complimenting many of the scene’s trendsetting cuts. It was at this point that they came under the guise of Ram, where their eclectic styles were a pull for the label’s practised A&R team. Before long, they found themselves as part of its catalogue, one of the most esteemed in dance music. Their ‘Paradigm’ EP only marked the beginning of this journey.

With the guidance of Ram, the brothers are about to add to their modest foundations and grow to be part of the imprint’s new generation. This is a feat that not many newcomer producers have been able to accomplish. There’s more to come from the producers and ‘Paradigm’ signalled an impressive start.

Today we welcome the duo to our Renegade Riddims series! This is a big mix with some big tracks and is guaranteed to get your weekend rocking! Whatever you get up to this weekend make sure you blast this out while you’re pre-gaming! It features music from the likes of themselves, Ed Rush & Optical, Adam F, Giganti, Goldie, Bungle, Dillinja, Renegade and loads more.

Check out SyRan’s mix below. This one’s available as a free download if you use the button beneath the Soundcloud player!

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Ed Rush & Optical – Pacman (The Upbeats Remix)
Ed Rush & Optical – Chubrub
Bungle – Mutant
High Contrast – Windows 95 (Bladerunner Remix)
SyRan – Antechamber
InsideInfo feat. Girl X – Real World (VIP)
Goldie vs J:Kenzo – Official Jah Roller
Athena – Next Door Reality
Capone – Fusion
Calyx – Illusions
Sub Focus – Last Jungle (Camo & Krooked & Mefjus Remix)
Drumsound & Bassline Smith – Give It To Me
Hold Tight – Lounge (DC Breaks Remix)
SyRan – Guitar Dub
Giganti – Legs
AreBe – Thumper
Chase & Status feat. Liam Bailey – Blind Faith (Loadstar Remix)
HeadRead – Ungru
Makoto x Mitekiss – Trial Mountain (feat. Karina Ramage)
Fracture & Sabre – A Hunch
Break – Hot Love
Bad Company UK – Hornet
Dom & Roland – Soundwall VIP
Dylan – Human Error
Technimatic – Bristol
EZ Rollers – Walk This Land (Lock Stock Full Length mix)
Dillinja – Sellasie I Sound
Tim Reaper & Gremlinz – Haunta
Renegade – Terrorist (P.A. Mix)
SyRan – Telepathy
Adam F – Metropolis
Mikal – Spiritual
Pendulum – Masochist
SyRan – Another Presence
Shodan – Mirror Image
Andy C – Ghost feat. DJ Rae
Calibre & High Contrast – Mr. Majestic
John B – Up All Night (Data 3 Remix)
Double 99 – Rip Groove (DJ Ransome & SynthForce Bootleg)
Chromatic – Junglay
Evolve – Siren
Ram Trilogy – Iron Lung (SyRan Remix)


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