After ten years in the business, Manchester crew Virus Syndicate have transcended their grime roots and influenced the worlds of electronic music and hip-hop like no other UK act; infiltrating every genre with witty, gritty urban clarity, no corner of the industry is safe from their boundary bashing lyrical lashings. Combining electro, drum & bass, house, trap, bass and more their collaborative conjurations resonate with all, while standing well and truly on their own.
They unveil powerful new single Psychopath in December as a precursor to new album “Symptomatic” in 2016 with a hard-hitting visual, picking apart some of the darkest parts of society today. Unbeknownst to the collective, the message portrayed within the video would become exceptionally relevant in light of the ISIS Paris bombings that would come weeks after the video’s conception. In fact, the Psychopath visual hit so close to home the French government banned the video stating they cannot feature any war propaganda and the video is too controversial for the country’s current climate.
“We wanted to flip things up a bit here and record a song that not only makes you want to snap your neck to the snare and chest shattering bass line, but also get inside your mind and make you think. We make music to paint pictures of reality. “Psychopath” is just that. Every image used in the visual is real! We are not trying to glorify and promote all the negative sh*t that goes in this world but we are trying to build an awareness beyond what we are fed in the media. Reality is brutal and often hard to watch or hear as are some of the images in the video and lyrics in the song. We wanted to make a piece of music that hits you hard but it is also a realistic reflection of today’s society. Psychopath is about showing you the darkest dirtiest and most horrific side of life but we do this only demonstrate contrast, for every negative there is a positive.” – Nikhil ‘Nika D’ Nagarkar
The Syndicate are due to release details on their upcoming self-produced LP “Symptomatic” in the New Year, with a date set for release in February 2016. 2015 saw the crew drop the first track from the forthcoming LP, “RAG$”, in August 2015, perform a run of European shows through March-August, and a nomination at this year’s BASS Music Awards for “Best Live Act” and “Best Producers.”
In addition, their ever growing catalogue of music has been reaching bigger audiences with features on two episodes of HBO’s The Leftovers and new John Travolta film Criminal Activities (out November 20th). Storm Trooper Feat. June Miller (Ram Records) also appears on the new Need For Speed game from EA Games.