Syntax (band)

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Stylised art image of Jan Burton and Mike Tournier (Syntax).jpg
Jan Burton and Mike Tournier
Background information
OriginSheffield, South Yorkshire, United Kingdom
GenresElectronic music
Years active2002–2012
LabelsIllustrious Records
Associated actsFluke, 2 Bit Pie
MembersMike Tournier
Jan Burton

Syntax are an English electronic music group originally formed in 2002 by the musicians Jan Burton (also the band's vocalist) and Mike Tournier (ex-member of the band Fluke). They are best known for the songs "Destiny", "Bliss" and "Pride".


After the success of Fluke's album Risotto, Mike Tournier wanted to move to a much darker production style. He left Fluke and founded Syntax with Jan Burton in 2002.

In 2004, Syntax released their debut album Meccano Mind on Illustrious Records. The Japanese edition included three additional tracks, entitled "Sexograph", "Woman", and "Love Song (I Wonder Why)". Meccano Mind is a combination of Burton and Tournier's different influences from rock and dance music.

Three singles were issued: "Pray", "Message" and "Bliss" (#69 UK).

Despite the originality of Meccano Mind, the band suffered poor album sales. In 2004 the group split.

Their music featured on various TV series, film and games like The O.C., Nip/Tuck, The Invisible and DRIV3R, and now the trailer for the 2011 film, "In Time".

Many years after the split, Syntax reformed, citing that "people were asking for more", [1] and are now working on a series of EPs titled Tripolar. Currently, they've finished the first episode, titled Tripolar EP and are working on the second and third episodes. Unlike their first album, their second has been released on their own independent label.

Syntax also plans to release additional material from their first album "Meccano Mind" and have already released three additional tracks: "Little Love (alternative mix)", "Peace Vibration" and "Sensation"

Media usage[edit]

Syntax's music has been used and highlighted in several TV series, film and games.[citation needed]

Song Production Type
"Bliss" The Invisible film
The Inside TV series
Tiger Woods PGA Tour 08 game
Queer as Folk U.S. TV series
Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant film
Captain America: The Winter Soldier film
"Destiny" DRIV3R game
Conviction TV series
In Time trailer
"Pride" The O.C. TV series
Nip/Tuck TV series
Bones TV series
Law & Order: Criminal Intent TV series
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation TV series
Kitchen Confidential TV series
Alice Nevers, le juge est une femme [fr] TV series
Wiener Blut – Die 3 von 144 documentary




Year Single Peak positions Album
2003 "Pray" (with a remix from Junkie XL & Dave London) 28  –
2004 "Message"  –  –
"Bliss" (with a remix from Felix da Housecat) 69  –
2011 "Pride"  – 20

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "SYNTAX – The Official UK site for electronic band, Syntax". Archived from the original on 28 October 2017.
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 544. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  3. ^ "Syntax discography". Hung Medien. Retrieved 9 June 2013.

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