Tag Archives: Ollie Teeba

New Joint – Timbuktu & Ollie Teeba

Timbuktu & Ollie Teeba – “Dark Hymn” (@Urbnet / 2020)

Funky, fast-paced beats and rhymes off the forthcoming “Million Pound Note” collabo project from Canada’s Timbuktu and producer Ollie Teeba of The Herbaliser / Soundsci fame.

Walk The Earth Album Sampler – Soundsci

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Transatlantic crew Soundsci’s new album “Walk The Earth” arrives July 4th, with Ollie Teeba, Jonny Cuba, Oxygen, Audessey, UGeorge and recent recruit Supastition dropping an expert lesson in timeless, true-school beats and rhymes.

New Joint – Soundsci

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Soundsci – “Ronin” (@Soundsci / 2016)

Ollie Teeba-produced single from the transatlantic crew’s soon-to-be-released “Walk The Earth” album.

New Joint – UGeorge

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UGeorge – “Interview With A Vampire” (@UGeorgeEMcee / 2015)

The Soundsci member gets in the Halloween mood with this humorous Dracula-inspired cut produced by Jonny Cuba and Ollie Teeba.

B-Boy Bionics 12″ Sampler – Mac McRaw / Audessey / Oxygen

Snippets of the dope new limited edition vinyl single from UK label Cold Rock Stuff featuring the combined talents of producer Mac McRaw, Soundsci emcees Audessey and Oxygen, plus Jonny Cuba, Ollie Teeba and the Daily Diggers coming correct with some heavyweight remix action.

Expo 2014 EP Sampler – Soundsci

Snippets from the forthcoming Soundsci-related release “Expo 2014 (Sampler Vol. 1)” featuring tracks from various projects the crew have lined-up over the next twelve months.

HBS Music Archaeology – Ox The Architect / Ollie Teeba

Latest HBS show featuring Brad McNamara and Chris Gibbs discussing plenty of vinyl treats with Soundsci’s Oxygen and producer extraordinaire Ollie Teeba.

Soundsational Album Sampler – Soundsci

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Multi-talented transatlantic crew Soundsci will be dropping a full-length album on the Ubiquity imprint based around samples from soul great Mike James Kirkland – check the niceness here.

Session #2 – Soundsci

Footage of Oxygen, Audessey and U-George of the mighty Soundsci crew in the studio – the group’s new EP “The Ultimate” is out this week.

EP Review – Soundsci

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“The Ultimate EP”

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With their “Formula 99” project having been one of last year’s dopest albums, you’d be forgiven for expecting the Soundsci collective to have taken a little time off to recharge their creative batteries. After all, it’s difficult enough sometimes for a group living in the same city to co-ordinate their schedules to record new music, so it definitely can’t be easy to put together fresh material when your crew is divided by an ocean and various US state lines.

Yet rather than rest on their true-school laurels, UK-based producers Jonny Cuba and Ollie Teeba have got straight back into their virtual lab with Atlanta-based emcees Audessey and U-George, plus NY’s Oxygen, to deliver a tight eight-track package of new joints and remixes.

Kicking off with the body-rockin’ soul clap vibes of the EP’s title track, the group’s three wordsmiths conjour up the atmosphere of an old-school block party as they swiftly pass the mic between each other, dropping some good ol-fashioned lyrical bravado along the way with references to Shabba Doo, Kase 2, boomboxes, Spike Lee and Professor Griff.

DJ Spinna and the UK’s DJ Format are both on-hand to remix a track each from the previously-mentioned “Formula 99”. The Jigmasta’s take on “Ill Dialect” replaces the choppy, piano-laced boom-bap feel of the original with a soulful, intergalactic soundscape, whilst Brighton’s Format delivers some trademark drum-heavy breakbeat madness on his interpretation of the uptempo “Rhyme 4 Rhyme”.

“The Vow” is a heartfelt pledge from the crew to always remain true to their underground roots, claiming that they’re “never ’bout the pop or the fizz” over crisp kicks and a haunting vocal sample, whilst the previously released “Lyrical Beatdown” is a granite-tough slice of hardcore b-boy music that will have you pulling your hoodie up and lacing your Timberlands as the nasty guitar sample twists your grill into a satisfied grimace.

Another accomplished project from the Soundsci camp, “The Ultimate EP” is more of that timeless Hip-Hop that will still sound as good in decades to come as it does in the present day.

Ryan Proctor

Soundsci – “The Ultimate” (WorldExpoRecords.Com / 2013)

The Ultimate EP Sampler – Soundsci

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Talented Hip-Hop super-group Soundsci (Ollie Teeba, Jonny Cuba, Oxygen, U-George, Audessey) drop their new EP “The Ultimate” next week on World Expo Records – peep the sonic science here.

New Joint – Soundsci

Soundsci – “The Ultimate” (WorldExpoRecords.Com / 2013)

Title track from the multi-talented crew’s forthcoming EP which will be available digitally and on vinyl.

New Joint – Soundsci

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Soundsci – “Lyrical Beatdown” (Soundsci.Com / 2013)

New Ollie Teeba-produced flavour featuring Oxygen, UGeorge and Audessey from the multi-talented crew’s forthcoming EP “The Ultimate”

Session #1 – Soundsci

Footage of Soundsci members Audessey and U-George in the studio working on fresh material for the new year following the crew’s brilliant 2012 album “Formula 99”.

New Joint – Soundsci

Soundsci – “CandyLand” (CrateEscapeRecords.Com / 2012)

Taken from the multi-talented collective’s new album “Formula 99” which dropped today.

Album Review – Soundsci

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“Formula 99”

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Having received critical acclaim for their 2009 EP “Dig For Victory”, the undeniably gifted Soundsci crew return to burn once again with both a new album and some official changes to the group line-up. Joining the original team roster of producers Jonny Cuba (Dynamic Syncopation), Ollie Teeba (The Herbaliser) and Atlanta emcee Audessey (Mass Influence), Georgia-based wordsmith U-George (Hemisphere) and NY’s Oxygen (Sputnik Brown) also bring their lyrical skills to the table this time around, natural additions to what was already a talented underground collective.

Picking up where the previous EP left-off, “Formula 99” is full of quality production and impressive wordplay. With the group building on the true-school foundations of their golden-era influences, yet seeking to innovate and not just emulate what has come before them, simply labelling “Formula 99” as being a throwback release would not be doing justice to the creativity that has gone into this project.

Keeping the thirteen-tracks included here relatively short and to-the-point, the potency of “Formula 99” isn’t diluted by throwaway interludes or meandering self-indulgence. Soundsci cover a lot of ground, both musically and in terms of subject matter, resulting in an album that manages to achieve the difficult balance of being succinct without appearing to be rushed or incomplete.

“Hey Hey” offers political insight over bursts of funky sax and classic James Brown wails as guest John Robinson joins the proceedings to highlight the “stealth movements” of those in the corridors of power, whilst “CandyLand” wraps up the potentially gritty topics of drug addiction and street crime into a deceptively playful and light-hearted sonic package, with Audessey utilising popular nursery rhymes and fairytale characters to tell stories of urban woe.

Having proven their abilities to dabble in social commentary, Soundsci soon launch themselves back into the business of showing and proving their superiority over the competition with braggadocious rhymes over boom-bap beats. “Ill Dialect” finds “the Strong Island deriver” Oxygen dropping a particularly impressive verse, bobbing and weaving with b-boy bravado over the track’s purposeful production, punctuated by sharp piano stabs and a superbly scratched Fat Joe vocal hook. The self-explanatory “Rhyme 4 Rhyme” featuring Canada’s Ghettosocks and former Raw Produce member Cadence also stands as one of the album’s highlights, sounding like an undiscovered gem found in a dusty pile of random late-80s rap singles with its timeless Rakim sample, rattling drums and larger-than-life boasts.

The soulful Jaisu-produced “Change” offers listeners a moment of reflection as the crew address the “cycle of life” over lush strings and a warm bassline, injecting the soothing track with life-affirming rhymes and inspiring sentiments (“I got a purpose now, This I vow, I spit to move the crowds, Like I’m pulling a plough…”).

The bongo-driven “End Game” is a relentless slice of fist-pumping Hip-Hop, with the track’s frantic breakbeats, deft cuts and dramatic breakdowns likely to leave listeners caught between wanting to pay close attention to the group’s fast-paced verses and the urge to pull out a sheet of lino to attempt a windmill.

A brilliantly executed display of Hip-Hop mastery from a passionate group of individuals who clearly love both the music and its culture, “Formula 99” is another certified Soundsci sureshot that is guaranteed to satisfy the sonic appetites of true heads everywhere.

Fresh for 2012, you suckers!

Ryan Proctor

Ollie Teeba’s “Formula 99” Album Megamix

Formula 99 Album Sampler – Soundsci

Sampler for the forthcoming Crate Escape Records album release from the Soundsci crew (Ollie Teeba, Jonny Cuba, Audessey, U-George and Oxygen) which also features John Robinson, Cadence and Ghettosocks.

Formula 99 Album Sampler – Soundsci

Preview of the dope new Soundsci project featuring production from Ollie Teeba and Jonny Cuba with lyrical gymnastics from Audessey and Sputnik Brown’s Oxygen plus appearances from John Robinson, Ghettosocks and Cadence – peep the flavour here.

Herbal Remedies – The Herbaliser

UK production duo The Herbaliser talk about their new album “Same As It Never Was”.