CIA / METALHEADZ
REPRESENTED BY CLIVE MILL
Jason Greenhalgh (Q Project) and Paul Smith (Spinback) of Total Science have remained on the cusp of the electronic music counterculture from its inception to the present day.
Having first met in Oxford back in 1987, though Greenhalgh kicked off his career in 1991 with his single ‘Freestyle Fanatic’, it wasn’t until the release of Greenhalgh’s ‘Champion Sound’ on the Legend imprint that Greenhalgh and Smith began to establish themselves within the scene.
Under the name of Funky Technicians, the duo released ‘Got to Believe’, the first in a series of records that drew the label away from the slowing darkside movement towards the epic string sections and rolling beats being pioneered at the time. Greenhalgh and Smith continued releasing tracks on Legend for another three years until the end of 1997, which, along with help from Brillo of Timeless Recordings, saw the creation of their CIA label and the pair’s launch as Total Science.
They made themselves prominent through the release of their Silent Reign EP for Goldie’s Metalheadz and their 2000 remix of ‘Champion Sound’, their debut album Advance showcased the pair’s musical prowess with its exploration of down-tempo rhythms. Their innovative revival of old-school sounds and arrangements, together with Digital and Spirit, dominated drum & bass throughout 2001.
2010 saw the duo’s collaborative releases with S.P.Y ‘Gansta/Above The Clouds’ and ‘Legion/Ploc Monster’ released on Shogun Audio and Metalheadz respectively. The pair continued to collaborate with S.P.Y on later releases such as the Ghostrider EP on C.I.A.
With consistently impressive releases continuing to drop across Shogun Audio, Metalheadz,Critical and more, the duo eventually reignited their relationship with fellow innovators Digital and Spirit in 2016 for a series of releases that united Phantom Audio with C.I.A including massive tracks ‘Jigsaw’ and ‘Rumble’.
Recent successes include the pair’s 2016 Notes Of Blue EP on Metalheadz, their 2017 Turn Around EP on C.I.A and their collaborative releases with Break; ‘Big Time Winners’ and ‘Betamax’, both of which reached number one on Beatport’s digital sales charts.
Having performed unmissable sets globally (including festival appearances at Glastonbury, Sun & Bass, Outlook Festival, Hospitality On The Beach and Let It Roll), received major radio airplay and secured the attention of some of the UK’s most prominent DJs, Total Science have gone from strength to strength.