Stalwarts of the underground British hip hop scene, Dr Syntax and Pete Cannon have been making music and touring together since 2010. They are well renowned for smashing shows all over the UK, and at festivals such as BoomTown Fair (UK) and Outlook (Croatia).
Both reputed solo artists in their own right, their collaborative releases ‘Killer Combo’, ‘Elaborate Anoraks’, ‘The Tonic’ and ‘Let’s Talk’ combine witty, insightful lyricism and gob-smackingly banging beats to great effect. While their sound is rooted in hip hop for the most part, their riotous live performances showcase their versatility with ventures into bass music, breakbeat, grime and jungle.
Dr Syntax is known for his unique style, deep vocal tone, and wry, observational humour, displayed on songs such as ‘My House’, ‘Hire Me’ and ‘Middle Class Problems’. He has been a highly regarded name in the UK Hip Hop scene since he appeared on Foreign Beggars’ ‘Asylum Speakers’ album in 2003. Since then he has released many albums including his classic debut ‘Self Taught’, ‘Scene Stealers’ (with rapper/actor Ed Skrein as ‘Skreintax’), and ‘A Slice Of Fried Gold’ with producer Tom Caruana, a tribute to the films of Edgar Wright, championed by Wright himself. More recently, his name has been synonymous with acclaimed Manchester band The Mouse Outfit. He has featured on all of their releases, notably on their seminal debut album ‘Escape Music’, and, as their frontman, toured with them relentlessly across the UK and Europe from 2012-2017. He featured on ‘The Remedy’, a song from Bristol producers The Allergies’ album ‘Push On’, which was selected by BBC Radio 6’s Craig Charles as his album of the year in 2017.
Pete Cannon is undoubtedly one of the UK’s most prolific and versatile producers. He has collaborated with hip hop icons Action Bronson, Guilty Simpson, Del The Funky Homosapien and Lunar C to name a few. He has worked extensively with UK hip hop’s best known label, High Focus, notably producing tracks for Dirty Dike, Jam Baxter and Verb T, and entirely producing the ‘High Focus Remixes’ album. He produced ‘Lost Generation’, a UK top 5 hit for Rizzle Kicks, and rising star Ocean Wisdom’s single ‘Don’, from his Top 40-charting album ‘Wizville’. In March 2018, his solo single ‘Bang Bang’ was used on an advert for Apple’s iPhone X, bringing his music to an international audience of millions. He has recently made forays into jungle and drum and bass as tour DJ for Hospital Records’ artist Inja, and produced tracks on his forthcoming debut LP. He is also working on a release for legendary jungle label, Kniteforce Records. Add to this numerous other collaborations in the works, and a long-awaited solo hip hop album scheduled for late 2018, and it’s set to be a busy year for Pete Cannon.
The duo released their album ‘Let’s Talk’ in February 2018, videos for the singles ‘One Of The Illest’ and ‘Nuggets’, and will continue releasing singles and videos throughout the summer months, as well as performing at numerous UK music festivals including BoomTown Fair. In October 2018, they will release a new EP, ‘The Tonic 2’, along with further promotional videos.