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2009 is a good year for rap for at least two reasons. The first one is the new P.U.T.S. LP and the second one is the superb EP from a duo called SoundSci.
SoundSci are former members of Dynamic Syncopation (known for a killer LP released by Ninja Tune) and Mass Influence. 7 tight tracks blending the best of British and US rap. Hot beats with some heavy samples, brilliant flow and precise cuts – nothing more and nothing less. The EP sounds like stuff that Breakin’
Bread fans will definitely enjoy. It also features a couple of guests, which I’ve not heard before. Also Herbaliser fans will like the tracks as Ollie Teeba is also featured on the record.

Pressed on red vinyl and hand numbered. I got 105 / 275. It’s a shame that Misty hadn’t told me earlier because the first 100 copies included a bonus CD packed with sounds for a remix contest.
SoundSci were so nice that the opening numbers is available for free on www.soundsci.com. You definitely need to check this because it’s off the hook! Dynamite!
For Beyond Lounge I chose a different track which suits it better a bit more of a couch surfing experience.
Keep a look out for an LP – hopefully we’ll live to see one. Let’s hope that a Polish record store distributes “Dig For Victory” soon. Such limited releases tend to disappear quickly…(Cuba, if you’re reading this than the last sentence is meant for you!).
- Beyond Lounge


Audessey, one half of the group Soundsci, says their new EP “will remind you why you fell in love with Hip Hop in the first place.” That’s a big promise, and one that he and Jonny Cuba keep on their album Dig for Victory. The music is funky, and the flow is undeniable. In fact, the sounds of Soundsci may leave you reminiscing over a certain legendary duo from the recent past.

But the record isn’t retro. While Audessey and Cuba seem to take influences from groups such as Pete Rock and CL Smooth and Brand Nubian, they don’t come across as yearning for the 90s. The feel is fresh and vital. Cuba says it’s “like stepping into daylight after a long night.” Listen to “Remedy” or “Show and Prove,” and you’ll agree that the group produces pure Hip Hop.

Be careful though: while the songs have plenty of head-nodding beats, they may just motivate you to get up and move. DJ Ollie Teeba of The Herbaliser calls the record “dancefloor gravy.”

Real flows over funky breaks. What more could you want? How about some red vinyl? In True School tradition, Soundsci dropped Dig for Victory on wax – limited edition, hand numbered 12? records – and they come with a free CD of all the tracks plus mp3s of the instrumentals and acapella - Lesiure Lab


Now it’s no secret that I don’t buy a whole lot of new Hip Hop releases on vinyl, and OK I agree that there is a lot of dope new shit that completely misses my radar these days. Essentially I’m an old school fool who pines over the golden era days and I whole-heartedly admit that fact. I was born in 1971 and grew up as an 80’s kid so a strong hip hop influence on me growing up was inevitable. But because of that my tolerance now in the noughties for every wannabee rapper and producer has worn thin. In short, I only listen to “pedigree” hip hop.
But every so often I hear a new record that knocks me down from my self-created hip hop beliefs, and opens my eyes and ears to new dope music. You may remember a year or so ago this happened to me with SPUTNIK BROWN (and I still say watch this space where they are concerned). Now once again I have some more of the raw to bring you in the form of SOUNDSCI – The DIG FOR VICTORY EP.

Released on CRATE ESCAPE RECORDS with the hardest working man in Birmingham, namely DJ CRO, behind the label – this is a very limited 12? release pressed on luscious red vinyl and in a cool picture sleeve. SOUNDSCI is the brainchild of JONNY CUBA (One half of now disbanded Dynamic Syncopation) and AUDESSEY (Founding member of MASS INFLUENCE) after collaborating previously on numerous occasions for Ninja Tune (Ground Zero, Dedicated, Systematic and 2 Tha Left) they kept in touch and continued making music together. Fast forward a few years and Jonny met Cro through Diggers With Gratitude and mutual friend, Juice Aleem. As more tracks were recorded and friends Ollie Teeba (Herbaliser),U-George, and Therapy got brought into the mix it made sense to make an EP rather than single and the “Dig For Victory EP” was born. As a bonus track included is an older track produced by Audessey featuring Jax from Binkis (who unfortunately passed away last year) and Reality. Using their b-boy ethics while not getting caught up in the past, it thumps hard and reminds you why you love hip-hop.

If you haven’t heard this release already … you’re about to get your chops busted! My man DJ CRO had told me about this project a few months ago, and I was already familiar with JONNY CUBA’s more-than-competent beats, so to say I was hyped was an understatement. Both DYNAMIC SYNCOPATION & MASS INFLUENCE have their place in the DAILY DIGGERS crates. But not even I was ready for tracks like “The Remedy” and “Show & Prove”. The beats are on some funkier than funky type steez, and the whole EP reeks of longevity. JONNY and AUDESSEY; you guys have dropped jewels on our unsuspecting asses. Props to you both, and YO! JONNY it was good to finally meet you on that digging mission a few months back. Your beats are definitely solid bro. - DailyDiggers


New Supergroup combined of Jonny Cuba (One half of now disbanded Dynamic Syncopation) and Audessey* (Founding member of Mass Influence) along with Ollie Teeba (Herbaliser), U-George, and Therapy released on DJ’s Cro’s Crate Escape Records. The EP is limited to *275 hand numbered red vinyl ep’s* and *10 test pressings on black vinyl with individual artwork* never to be repressed. The first 100 standard copies come with a CD of all the tracks and bonus folder with instrumentals, acapellas and remix competition.
Here’s what some important people had to say about it and some previews of the EP:

*DJ Food (Ninja Tune)* “‘Remedy’ is f*cking banging, the best good time hip hop I’ve heard in ages, ‘Show & Prove’ and the ‘Illness’ ain’t far behind, Short and sweet tracks, tight rhymes, beats and cuts – if only mainstream Hip Hop hadn’t foresaken the funk for R&B and virtual synths”
*DJ Woody (ITF & Vestax World DJ Champion)* “You just have to take a look at the credentials of the guys behind this project to realise its gonna be a killer. Dope true school hip hop for those that like it how it should be, extra fonky! Top notch.”
*Poor Pocket Muzik* “The Soundsci Ep Fresh Rhymes & Dope beats = A breath a fresh air when Hip Hop needs it the most” *Ed Catto (Freestyle Records)* “Soundsci’s Dig For Victory EP is proof that talented heads should never stop making the music they love. Lush compositions provide ample opportunity for lyrical calisthenics — this shit is vibin’. Don’t put a tag on that toe yet.” - Rapsploitationsessions


Thought it was about time I made another album recommendation, here we go…

I ordered it a while back but hadn’t gotten round to listening to it properly until yesterday, and man, it rocks. True school hip-hop (or whatever you wanna call it) galore. I highly recommend that y’all grab this gem on vinyl before it’s sold out. You’ll still be able to grab the digital release if it is tho.. but vinyl is vinyl. You can preview all the tracks over at their bandcamp page.

Buy the Digital Release here or the CD & Vinyl here.

Here’s an excerpt from the release notes…

Soundsci is the brainchild of Jonny Cuba (One half of now disbanded Dynamic Syncopation) and Audessey (Founding member of Mass Influence) after collaborating previously on numerous occasions for Ninja Tune (Ground Zero, Dedicated, Systematic and 2 Tha Left), they kept in touch and continued making music together. As more tracks were recorded and friends Ollie Teeba (Herbaliser), U-George, and Therapy got brought into the mix it made sense to make an ep rather than single and the “Dig For Victory EP” was born. As a bonus track we are honoured to include an older track produced by Audessey featuring Jax from Binkis who unfortunately passed away last year and Reality. Using their b-boy ethics while not getting caught up in the past it thumps hard and reminds you why you love hip-hop.

The EP is limited to 275 hand numbered red vinyl ep’s and 10 test pressings on black vinyl with individual artwork never to be repressed. The first 100 standard copies come with a CD of all the tracks and bonus folder with instrumentals, acapellas and remix competition. - Sowl Productions Beats and Things


The minute the jazz-age horns for “Remedy” come on you can’t help but feel nostalgia for the golden age of sampling. This appears to be the M.O. of Johnny Cuba, the production half of the duo collectively known as Soundsci. Sounding like a deep-voiced Sadat X, Audessy, the MC half of the group, delivers good old fashioned wordplay and lighthearted lyricism. Head-nodding beats, imaginative flows and tight lyrics, what more could you ask for? - URB Magazin


To Read Reivew goto this link: http://publishing.yudu.com/Athuq/DJMag467/resources/189.htm - DJMag


Name-checked by The Herbaliser the other day, Soundsci’s ‘Dig For Victory’ EP is a premier slice of raw rap done the right way, with former Mass Influence man Audessey providing the vocals and ex-Dynamic Syncopation cat Jonny Cuba holding down the beats. Available on swanky red vinyl by clicking here, we checked in with the guys for a quick chat about the project (and nabbed a free MP3 in the process)…

How would you sum up the EP project?
Jonny Cuba: “Like stepping into daylight after a long night.”
Audessey: “It’s just pure hip-hop; unfiltered, pure from the construction of the music to the rhymes and it will remind you why you fell in love with hip-hop in the first place.”

What’s your favourite track on it?
JC: “‘Show & Prove’, because it makes me laugh.”
A: “I feel that I like ‘Remedy’ a lot because to me it gives you the total package – rhymes + beats + cuts = dope hip-hop, and this is our ‘remedy’ for folks who think/feel that hip-hop is dead, because if you listen to this you definitely won’t feel like it is and know that Soundsci will bring it dope every time like that – or doper if we can!”

Why should people spend their money on buying the EP?
JC: “We spent our own hard earned nine-to-five loot making this record and didn’t cut any corners (shouts to No Sleep Nigel).”
A: “If you’re a new school, old school, or what I like to agree with a tag from KRS-One said ‘all school’, who loves dope hiphop then Soundsci is definitely a hip-hop for you.” - HHC Shout Soundsci


Discography

JonnyCuba Discography-

The Herbaliser :A Mother (For Your Mind) (1996)
The Herbaliser : The Blend Remix (1997)
Dynamic Syncopation :Classified Documents (1998)
Dynamic Syncopation : Dynamism 2LP / CD (1999)
Dynamic Syncopation – Ground Zero 12':(1999)
Travis Blaque: Untitled 12' (1999)
The Herbaliser The Missing Suitcase Remixed (1999) (When I Shine Dynamic Syncopation Remix)
The Nextmen Turn It Up A Little 12 (2000) (Buck Foolish Dynamic Syncopation Remix)
Dynamic Syncopation Dedicated 12' (2000)
Dynamic Syncopation Trife-a-saurus Rex 12' (2001)
Dynamic Syncopation In The Red 2LP / CD (2002)
Soundsci Dig For Victory (2009)

Audessey Discography

Mass Influence Life To The MC / Under Pressure 12 (1997)
Mass Influence Space Cases / Clown Syndrome / Rhyme Placement 12(1998)
Mass Influence The Underground Science LP / CD (1999)
Mass Influence Analyze / All Out 12 (2000)
Mass Influence The Science / A-yo! Atlanta Ya On 12 (2001)
Mass Influence The Nonsense / Nighttime Groove 12 (2002)
Audessey The Gusto 12 (2003)
Soundsci Dig For Victory (2009)

Appears on:

OM Records Present Deeper Concentration 3LP / CD (1998) (Mass Influence Demo Type Shit)
Dynamic Syncopation Dynamism 2LP / CD (1999)
Dynamic Syncopation Ground Zero 12 (1999)
J.Rawls Check The Clock 12 (2000) (Mass Influence feature on High Life)
J.Rawls The Essence Of 2lp / CD (2001) (Mass Influence feature on Superhero)
Mr Len Pity The Fool 2LP / CD (2001) (Mass Influence feature on Get Loose)
DJ Mitsu The Beats New Awakening 2LP / CD (2003) (Audessey featured on Stolen Moments)
Various 7 Heads R Better Than 1 2LP / CD (2003) (The Gusto and Night Shift)
DJ Mitsu The Beats Stolen Moments / DJ Kiyo Remix 12 (2004)

Production:
Rubix Get it Crack'n ™n (f/Tone of Mass Influence) b/w Going Out (f/Jonz) & Transform 12' (2003)

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Bio

Soundsci is the brainchild of JonnyCuba(One half of now disbanded Dynamic Syncopation) and Audessey(former member of Mass Influence) after collaborating previously while in MassInfluence on numerous occasions for Ninja Tune (Ground Zero, Dedicated, Systematic and
2 Tha Left) they kept in touch and continued making music together.

While making the first project "Dig for Victory" DJ Ollie Teeba (Herballiser) and U-George (Hemisphere) where brought in on the project and they became a constant part of the sound which lead to them joining the Soundsci crew.

Some Quotes from some notable folks who have heard the project...

DJ Food (Ninja Tune) "'Remedy' is f*cking banging, the best good time hip hop I've heard in ages, 'Show & Prove' and the 'Illness' ain't far behind, Short and sweet tracks, tight rhymes, beats and cuts - if only mainstream Hip Hop hadn't foresaken the funk for R&B and virtual synths"

DJ Woody (ITF & Vestax World DJ Champion) "You just have to take a look at the credentials of the guys behind this project to realize its gonna be a killer. Dope true school hip hop for those that like it how it should be, extra funky! Top notch."

Poor Pocket Muzik "The Soundsci Ep Fresh Rhymes & Dope beats = A breath a fresh air when Hip Hop needs it the most"

Ed Catto (Freestyle Records) "Soundsci's Dig For Victory EP is proof that talented heads should never stop making the music they love. Lush compositions provide ample opportunity for lyrical calisthenics -- this shit is vibin'. Don't put a tag on that toe yet."