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.
DIG FOR VICTORY SNIPPETS - "The Remedy" and "Show & Prove"
Produced by SOUNDSCI
Cuts by Ollie Teeba, Jonny Cuba and Cro
Mixed by No Sleep Nigel
Mastered by Simon @ The Exchange
Artwork / Design by Stilts
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.
SOUNDSCI "Dig For Victory" EP - get your copy pronto through...
or contact DJ CRO at MAIN INGREDIENT RADIO
The return of truly classic material has finally arrived. Pedigree hip hop.