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Jason Greenhalgh (Q-Project) and Paul Smith (Spinback) first met in 1987 brought together through a mutual love of hip-hop music. Over the coming years, the pair developed a deep appreciation for Techno and Dance music at the start of its worldwide takeover. By 1991, Spinback was an established DJ, gracing the decks at events week in week out, including the world famous “Universe”. Q-Project entered the studio too, with his first release “Freestyle Fanatic”.
Their first label, Legend Records was launched with Q-Project’s highly acclaimed “Champion Sound” in 1992. It took their profile to new heights, and it remains one of the most influential tunes of its time and generation this was swiftly followed by the start of their early recording career together under the name Funky Technicians … and so the unstoppable collaboration had begun.
In 1997, the well-established pair launched the Computer Integrated Audio (C.I.A) label and the alias Total Science, was born. Over the coming years, Total Science had releases on all the major D&B labels including Metalheadz, Good Looking, Moving Shadow, Hospital, Tru Playaz, 31 Records (Doc Scott), Reinforced, Soul:r, Shogun Audio to name but a few, as well as releases under their own C.I.A. and various other imprints.
Total Science/ Q-Project have release 4 albums, however, the actual number of singles and EP’s the pair have released is currently an unknown quantity. Their relentless yearning to create music and dogged approach denotes there are just too many to mention!
However, defining tracks of Total Science’s 20 Year career include:
Q Project – Champion Sound (Total Science Remix) Squash Defcom 69 Nosher Funky Technicians – Airtight Soul Patrol (ft. MC Conrad) Q Project – Ask Not Wots My Code – Dubplate (Total Science Remix) Redlines (ft. Riya) Total Science & S.P.Y – Gangsta Another Time (ft. Grimm) DJ Friction v Total Science – Scatter
As DJ’s Total Science have been touring globally for over a decade, regularly requested and in demand from the USA, Australia, New Zealand & Japan to the present day. They have a strong presence and dedicated following across the whole of Europe and in the UK, playing in all major regions and cities and regularly listed at top London venues.
In recent times Total Science have collaborated with a few select artists, most recognized is their work with Brazilian wonder kid S.P.Y. The pair became a threesome sharing ideas and studio space, and magic was made, the defining moments of this ultimate link-up being “Gangsta”, “Testimony (feat Riya ) ”, “Legion”, “Venus Prime”, and “Ghostrider”, & more recently on S.P.Y’s second album “Back to Basics” which they were present on 4 tracks . Their ongoing collaboration with vocalist Riya (Laura Pacheco) over the years has resulted in many appearances and Top Ten status with tracks “Redlines” “Piano Funk” & “See Your Face” the title track from their 2013 EP on Shogun Audio . Other notable projects include the impressive, “Another Time” (featuring Grimm) on Spearhead Various output on Shogun Audio including “Positive Vibrations “, the massive “Scatter” from the Friction Verses series, two tracks on Riya’s album for Spearhead (one of which Mixmag also premiered) and a Top 10 collaboration with Quadrant & Iris on C.I.A
In 2016, the duo have already released ‘Found A Reason Why’ a collaboration with FD which appeared on their own CIA Records imprint. They will be returning to their second home, Goldie’s Metalheadz this year with the ‘Notes of Blue EP’ and on Dispatch (for a track with Nymfo) It’s also CIA’s 20th birthday this year so they have worked on a Various Artist album which will feature long time players Calibre, Break, S.P.Y., Digital & Spirit to name a few. Collaborations are also in the works with Mako, DLR, Digital & Spirit, Kaiju, Onemind to name a few, so expect a lot more from the duo over the coming months.
Jubei is a name that has become synonymous with quality electronic music. A no gimmicks approach that has earned him an unrivalled reputation with peers and listeners alike. His production is clinical and his DJ sets feel like a technician at work. His music has graced the best labels in drum n bass and as a DJ he has toured across the world.
His chosen home is Metalheadz, arguably the most influential recording label in electronic music, Jubei was quickly snapped up and signed exclusively to the label in 2010, Metalheadz then went on to release an unprecedented nine tracks by the producer in one year- a feat never achieved by a non-album artist up to that point.
After this it was only right that his debut album should follow- and indeed it did. ‘To Have & Have Not’ was received with huge acclaim across the board- listeners and DJ’s praised the album for its soundtrack nature, it was as ‘widescreen sci-fi’ as it was 3am club music, the album included collaborations with Goldie, dBridge and Marcus Intalex to name a few and vocal features came from Flow Dan, MC DRS, Jerome Thomas and sparring partner SP:MC.
Outside of dance music his production talents have also been enlisted to help engineer Goldie’s orchestral piece ‘Sine Tempus’ for the BBC Proms and the preceding ‘Classic Goldie’ TV show.
Jubei is now a vital part of the Metalheadz crew, a leading light in the new charge for the historic label, whilst new artists are brought to the fold Jubei is looked at as an example, whilst from a personal point of view he continues to turn the page in his own story.
Making waves for over 15 years now, SP:MC has cemented himself as one of the most respected & busiest MCs on the circuit. His first break came in 2001 after the legendary MC GQ heard one of his early mixtapes [with DJ Jubei] & made them residents at his own monthly Emcee Sessions event at Digwalls in Camden. SP has close ties with Shogun Audio [after touring extensively with Friction], & Exit Records after becoming dBridge’s MC of choice. He has also hosted events for a wide array of imprints including Renegade Hardware, Commercial Suicide, Hospital, Prototype, Bassbin, Good Looking, Metalheadz, Valve, Quarantine, Digital Soundboy, Symmetry, Soul:R, Innerground, DNAudio, Critical, Rinse, Tempa, Tectonic, Hessle Audio & 3024.
Versatility & quality control are guaranteed when SP’s in the building. He cites MCs GQ, Dynamite & Conrad as early influences. In 2003 he was nominated for ‘Best Breakthrough MC’ at the Knowledge D&B Awards. He was then nominated for ‘Best MC’ at 1Xtra’s XtraBass Awards in March 2007, & was shortlisted at the D&BArena Awards 2009-2016. In 2011, SP was crowned ‘Best MC’ at the D&BArena Awards.
His music production has also received widespread acclaim. ‘Shadow’ with Breakage & ‘Surrender’ with fellow MC Ben Verse set the standard, then ‘Trust Nobody’, released on the infamous Tempa imprint in 2008 made a serious impression. The Code 3 [consisting of long time friends SP, Jubei & Dakuan] track ‘Living Proof’ released on Exit Records in 2010, is considered by many a modern classic. 2011 saw his vocals feature on Icicle’s mighty ‘Dreadnaught’ released on Shogun Audio. Soon after, another huge 12″ landed on Tempa in the form of ‘Hunted’ [with LX One] & ‘Oh my Gosh’. His 4-track ‘Declassified E.P’ released in 2013 saw further experiments at 140bpm. In 2015 he released ‘Kingsland Dub’ another collaboration with LX One on his LP ‘Motions’ & ‘We Run Dis’ on the final Digital Soundboy LP.