Sinchi & Friends 45 – Buran

Sinchi & Friends 45 invites Buran from Manchester. The duo has made quite a name for themselves in the last year with some excellent productions on the likes of Night Noise, Det Sync and Roam alongside Heretic. We’re big fans of their sound and reckon they’re one of the hottest upcoming producers to keep an eye on. Get to know them a little more below…


1) Who are you?

We are Ian and Joe, we work together under the name Buran. We’ve been producing music together for years including some commercial stuff and another project.

2) What have been your highlights from the last 12 months?

We have had an interesting 12 months – we were house mates for many years and had pretty serious studio in the house. This year we have finally stopped living together and so have split the studio and gear down the middle taking a dedicated setup each and bouncing elements back and forth. It’s been a learning experience but very positive over all. Musically we have been working with Timothy ‘Heretic’ Clerkin a bit and that has been mega fun too. We’ve also recently bought some more Elektron gear, that is proving really inspirational which is good because we can’t afford to eat now.

3) What do you have lined up for the coming year?

Out next release ‘Grid Squares’ is due on Night Noise in early September – we’ve got a huge remix from Oli Warriner on there so we are mega excited about that. Beyond that release we have a couple of bits coming up – we are sort of sitting on some really groovy minimal / progressive stuff. That’s an EP we will be finding a home for soon we hope… We also have more stuff with Timothy Clerkin currently underway – that is going to be good. Finally, we are working on a very analogue, hardware based EP which we are writing using the latest iteration of our live rig – expect to hear some of that soon – we’ve only restarted it about 3 times which is good for us.


4) What can you tell us about this mix? What was its inspiration?

For this mix we decided to just take a look at what we were listening to right now and let it flow out – we share a playlist where we dump stuff we are into, it’s important now we don’t live in the same place. We raided that for this mix and just let it take us with it rather than aiming for anything specific.

5) Which track in the mix is your favourite right now?

Riamiwo -Kombusë. Really nice clean production.

6) What is your favourite track of the last 12 months?

Can’t get enough of Acid Mix 12 from John Tejada and Tin Man – all the tracks are great but Railjet is a great example of a simple acid workout.

7) What is the last record you bought?

Xlyo EP – Agents of time – not last, but stands out as a great EP.

8) Who or what are your biggest musical influences?

That’s probably a question we need to be asked independently – I am handling this interview though (Ian) so I’ll take it. I started life as a metal guy and I still am so I still listen to Pantera, Pig Destroyer, Gojira, Metallica, Sabath etc but my life changed when I got into Aphex Twin, Squarepusher, Telefon Tel Aviv and other electronic stuff whilst at uni. Joe was into soul and related stuff – we met in the middle after he found the same electronic gateways about the same time.

9) Do you have a ritual before you start playing or straight after?

Generally involves booze. Before and after. And during.

10) Who is your favourite DJ? Not including yourself 😉

Got to be Timothy Clerkin right? Although Andrew Weatherall played a blinding set at BlueDot the other night so he is standing out off the top of my head.

11) Tell us about 3 DJ’s / Producer’s we may not know but should be looking out for?

Ujin Ray is mega, Det Sync lads are doing some great stuff and Oli Warinner is smashing it.

12) Due to developments in technology and software, there is so much which can be done to change a track to the tiniest detail, how much do you use this in your sets? Can too much technology be a bad thing?

In the past we have spent many, many hours, days and months producing single tracks obsessing over every single microsecond of a track. In a lot of ways Buran is us doing the opposite of that (have a listen to our other project Big Mister Doom for some intricate electronica which is MEGA anal). The further we have pushed into just having some physical gear, some FX boxes and a recording device to capture a performance then feeling our way into a track the happier we have been with the output. For Buran, and for us right now, that seems to be the best way – but we that is probably a reaction to the fact we spent years ITB being super anal. I (Ian) know Ableton so well I once got ruined at an event and thought I had become an Ableton set. Like a human Ableton cyborg or something. I don’t think the options software presents are a bad it’s a bad thing though, every tool has a job – it’s just a matter of how you wield it.


13) Favourite art besides music? Computer games are getting pretty epic these days, I think they count in a lot of ways.

14) Favourite writer / scientist / painter / philospher? Cormac McArthy is a banger – Joe is the reader though and he is in Amsterdam right now having fun.

15) Favourite bit of kit? I am (Ian) getting absolutely hooked on Elektron stuff right now, the RYTM is mega, the Octatrack is a great brain and we just got an Analog Four. Moog Mother 32 is pretty integral to the Buran sound too.

16) Guilty Pleasure? I am (Ian) a MASSIVE John Mayer fan and I don’t feel guilty. At all.

17) Blissful ignorance or harsh reality? Harsh reality please.