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LA Synthesis

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LA Synthesis were formed in South London in 1992. Originally from Liverpool and Birmingham, respectively, Tony Gallagher and Carl Grant met on the fringes of the underground party scene in South East London. Discovering a shared and relatively eclectic pool of influences in common - ranging from Model 500 and Black Dog to Kraftwerk and systems composer Steve Reich - the pair began experimenting with their own tracks, though it wasn’t until promotional copies of Agrophobia began to emerge towards the end of 1994 that the duo started to attract attention.

Agrophobia was a near - perfect debut, sewing a memorably trippy hookline (an exquisitely beautiful synth riff that was inspired by Reich’s explorations in both minimalism and repetition) through a complex backdrop of clanking percussives and Detroit romanticism. Released on Plink Plonk with a Kenny Larkin remix, the single became a fixture in London’s clubs, crossing over into both Detroit and ambient techno sets and igniting a considerable amount of expectation for a follow-up single.

Though Frozen Tundra was recorded for Plink Plonk, the group’s relationship with the label proved to be short -lived and the follow - up didn’t appear. Aside from live performances - including a triumphant appearance at the Fridge alongside Kenny Larkin and Steve Pullen - LA Synthesis seemed to disappear for most of 1995, re -emerging eventually in 1996 with the CMI Wavesequence single on Mark Broom’s A13 label.

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