Julie Dexter, a world renowned, award winning, British vocalist considered by many to be one of the most influential female vocalists of our generation. Having shared the spotlight with a host of cutting-edge artists, including Mint Condition, Jill Scott, Bilal, Omar, Loose Ends, Rachelle Ferrell, Lalah Hathaway, Ledisi and Eric Roberson to name a few, Julie not only holds up her own with them but has been praised and respected by them too.
Born and raised in Birmingham, England, this classically trained artist composes and arranges her own music. Influenced by legends such as Nancy Wilson, Abbey Lincoln, and Bob Marley, as well as popular icons Omar and Sade, Julie takes classic soul to the heart of Artistry.
Fans and critics across the globe have followed her journey through the circles of Jazz, Broken-Beat, Bossa-Nova, Reggae, Afro-Beat and Soul. Her dynamic voice was first heard in 1994 on “The Jamaican Beat” Vol 1 with Jazz Jamaica then later in 1997 on Dune Records’ release of J-Life, a European Jazz quintet formed by Gary Crosby and led by Jason Yarde. She later toured several continents with Jazz legend Courtney Pine as the lead vocalist for his ensemble.
It was in 1999 that Julie took a leap of faith and moved to Atlanta, Georgia where she now resides. She launched her own label, Ketch A Vibe Records and in 2000 released the critically acclaimed EP Peace of Mind, followed by Dexterity (2002) and Conscious (2005). Moon Bossa, a collaboration with Khari Simmons was released in 2007 and her single “Ketch A Vibe” was featured in national radio ads for Democratic Presidential Candidate Senator Barack Obama.
From Jazz to World Music, Soul and beyond, Julie Dexter is one of an elite few whose talent can transcend genres. She makes it all work on her own terms, as an audaciously independent artist with an undeniable connection to her audience. Don’t miss the experience of Julie Dexter. Be a part of a tradition of great music. In the words of her smash single ‘Ketch A Vibe’, ‘Don’t let it pass you by…Ketch [Julie Dexter’s] Vibe’…
“Sensational yet subtle. A singer to die for who creates an urgent need for superlatives yet to be invented.”
Her latest project “The Smiling Hour” is a collaboration with herself and Hc3 featuring Nick Rosen on piano, Kevin Smith on bass and Henry Connerway III.
This studio album, with each of the performing members doubling as arrangers; is a unique, simple, streamlined take on familiar and seldom heard jazz standards. Please visit their websites for updates on performances and release dates.
John was inspired to become a Trance DJ at the age of 17 and spent long hours learning the techniques to become a DJ, after hard work of promoting himself, he is now living the dream of playing at some of the biggest events in the UK.
In January 2012 he did a set for the Trance Classics pre party for OTR in Sheffield, on April 6th 2012 John was DJing along side Davey Asprey and Matt Holliday in Birmingham, for the opening party at Envy. This only helped him to further his djing talent, in May 2012 John earned his place at Planet Trance and did the warm up in the main room for DJs such as Jordan Suckley, this night was also broadcasted on the famous mixmag. In June 2012 John was DJing in Glasgow at the koncept event at club Audio, with DJs Such as Stephen McConachie, John was then back in Scotland on the 28th July he Dejayed live at The District Nightclub at the oxygen event in Edinburgh. His awsome set earned him another place at club oxygen in August 2012 with other great djs such as Orla Feeney.
In November 2012 John was DJing back in Glasgow at the Trancelate event with Driftwood/Ibiza DJ Alex Ryan. The Following week he was Djing at Tranczition in Bath UK. He has continued to better himself each time and spends most of the time in the studio working on new techniques for him to improve on, John has also played in Ibiza, Ministry of sound and Trance Sanctuary in London, his hard work and love for music got him signed up to record labels Beating Records, vectiva recordings and Elevation Audio, The start of 2013 John was back in Manchester again at re:format and did the warm up in the main room for DJs such as Signum, Ferry Tayle and Manuel Le Saux. also having played at lifeline in swindon in 2013 which also featured djs such as Andy moor, john askew, indecent noise, and ben nicky, johns sets will always be something to watch out for in the near future.
UKG stalwart, broken beat fanatic, dub connoisseur. His pseudonyms include Zed Bias, Maddslinky, Phuturistix, Funk Bias, Daluq, Talissman, Ruffcut Bias, Nu Design, 7 Wonders, Almighty Beatfreakz, Dekata Project – just some of the names Maddslinky, aka Dave Jones, has recorded under in the last 14 years as himself or in collaboration with others.
With a slew of seminal releases in 1999 on his own Sidewinder and Sidestepper imprints, Jones then hit the UK Charts as Zed Bias in 2000 with Neighbourhood, now widely regarded as one of the all time classic UK Garage tracks.
He is cited as one of the pioneers of breakbeat garage but is always moving with – or ahead of – the times and his recent productions still grace the playlists of Radio 1 DJs Annie Mac, Benji B, Nick Grimshaw, Gilles Peterson and Mista Jam, as well as into the record boxes of DJ / producers like Toddla T, Loefah, Skream, Pearson Sound, Oneman, Julio Bashmore, Kode 9 and Martyn (who included ‘Lost on Tenori Street’ on his ‘Fabric 50’ mix).
Jason Greenhalgh and Paul Smith first met in 1987, both living in and around the Blackbird Leys estate in Oxford, England and brought together through a mutual love of hip-hop. Greenhalgh was the first into the studio, with “Freestyle Fanatic” launching his career in 1991. However it was the establishment of the Legend imprint and specifically Greenhalgh’s “Champion Sound”, which really took their profile above and beyond the slew of anonymous white labels that were dominating the music at the time.
In 1994, the pair started recording together under the name Funky Technicians, with “Got to Believe” the first in a series of records which pushed the label away from the fizzling darkside movement and more towards the epic string sections and rolling beats which started to appear on labels like Basement, Lucky Spin and Good Looking. The duo continue releasing tracks on Legend and others for another three years
The Creation of Total Science
At the end of 1997, with help from Brilo from Timeless, Greenhalgh and Smith established the CIA label and changed their name to the now synonymous Total Science.
The release of their Silent Reign EP for Goldie’s Metalheadz breathed a new lease of life into the project, and the pair achieved a further boost with a well-timed Bad Company remix of “Champion Sound” which conjured further interest in what they were doing with their own label. Their debut album Advance exposed a further field of interest, with down-tempo experiments logged as a series of “Breaks” on the majority of their early EP’s extended to some superb deep house, this breadth was taken a step further with their Skin Deep imprint which has forged broken beat to considerable acclaim.
The pair’s pioneering of a revival in old-school sounds and arrangements, together with Digital and Reinforced, dominated drum & bass throughout 2001. After this followed releases on high-profile labels such as 31 Records, True Playaz, Reinforced and Soul:r.
The New Millenium and Advanced
2000 saw the founding of CIA’s sister label Advanced, created as a means to keep up with the high level of production output from the duo and their confederates, for which one label was no longer enough. Following from this came the renowned Sektor series on Advanced. Initially created as a way of combining up-and coming artists with those more established, the series was also developed as a means to stress the importance more on the music than the artists. Featuring artists such as Baron, Digital, D.kay, Lee, Juju, Beta 2 and Klute, the Sektor series included seminal tracks such as “Squash”, and the ever popular “Champion Sound” remix.
2003 and Worldwide AcclaimDuring 2003 the pair spent a significant part of the year promoting their music to all parts of the world, touring the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Europe & Brazil. CIA and Advanced became more focused on showcasing other artists and nurturing the profile of then-up-and-coming producers such as Beta 2, Zero Tolerance, Friction, Mathematics and Baron-whose remix of Total Science’s Nosher became one of the year’s biggest dancefloor stormers, pioneering the jump-up resurgence of 2003.
2004 – New studio, New Focus
With a new found musical focus- marked by a new studio setup, 2004 was used to up the output quality alongside re-launching their dormant hip-hop/soul imprint – Skin Deep. In true Total Science fashion of never binding oneself to one particular musical form, they released tracks on Creative Source, Defunked and Metalheadz alongside pushing a string of lucrative 12″s on their own labels: Advanced & C.I.A, of which ‘No 1.Sound’ on C.I.A and ‘Defcon 69′ on Metalheadz achieved anthem status.
2005 – Back on Top
The year was cataclysmic for this pioneering production outfit. After one year of a new studio setup they were back on top, producing world-class music that was desired by everyone. C.I.A and Advanced witnessed the release of an array of tracks from talented producers such as Juju’s ‘Mojohand/Nomad’, Calibre & Zero Tolerance’s ‘Diamonds and Pearls’ and State of Mind’s ‘State of Mind Experience:Chapter ½. Meanwhile Q-Project’s ‘Ask Not’ and Total Science’s ‘Greatest Thing’ stormed their way through the UK dance charts. Later on in the year, Q-Project signed ‘Bang Out’, ‘Uprising VIP’ and ‘In for a Penny, In for a Pound’ to Creative Source, Liquid V and Bingo. Along with the news that Q-project was to sign to Hospital Records, it marked the start of some interesting solo projects, illustrated in the popular ‘Hello My name is Q-Project’ EP release.
The action and buzz surrounding Q-Project and Total Science collectively during 2005 put them in serious demand from promoters worldwide, obtaining them a long list of gigs all over England and Europe, not forgetting to mention the scoring of a prime-time New Years Eve set in New Zealand and a U.S.A tour lasting three weeks.
2006 – Mars Needs Total Science
‘Mars Needs Total Science’, the much anticipated third album, was released mid 2006 and saw instant success with album single ‘Never Had a Dream’ reaching Number 1 in the UK Dance charts and a host of tracks from it being played by the likes of Hype, Fabio, Goldie, Zane Lowe, Ronnie herel and Trevor Nelson. Q-Project finally finished his execllent debut solo LP “Renassance Man” which was released on Hospital in late Autumn.
2007 – CINNA
Total Science teamed up in 2007 with DJ Marky’s label Innerground to form “CINNA” The last release “2nd Date” featured vocals from Ayah and was a hot favourite, doing the rounds of the D&B circuit and becoming a favourite of superstar House DJ: Pete Tong!! Mid 2007, Total Science collaborated with fellow Brazilian wonderboy: Bungle on a track entitled “Snake Eyes”. This was one of many popular tracks that featured on Bungle’s debut CIA LP: “Down to Earth.
2008 – 2009 – Back to the Studio…
The period marked a quiet time for the duo thanks to another studio relocation. Highlights included releases of 12s on CIA and also a debut recording for Violence Recordings with the track “S.O.S” which featured on the “Salvation” LP
2010 – New decade, new hits
Total Science kicked off 2010 with a bang with singles Testimony and Redlines receiving major airplay and top reviews from the industry and fans alike.
They collaborated with Brazilian wonderkid S.P.Y and signed ‘Gangsta/Above The Clouds’ to Shogun and Audio, ‘Legion/Ploc Monster’ to Metalheadz. They finished the year with ‘Redlines (Break Remix)/ Scaremonger’ coming out on Critical and receiving a lot of love from radio and the club djs.
2011- Start as they mean to go on!
This year starts of with the release of there first Subtitles 12″ Venus Prime [ with S.P.Y ] /Narrow Margin [ with S.P.Y & Lenzman ] and an EP for CIA Ghostrider/Magic Hour/Street Sweeper/Past Lives [ ft Kevin King ] which are all collabs with S.P.Y .
They also had there first sample pack which dropped in February , a large selection of sounds & beats from the TS vault which is came out thru Hospital/Loopmasters. The plan for the rest of the year is to go in hard in the studio and hopefully finish an LP by the end of the year as well as 12″s for the usual Key players .