Have you ever discovered something and thought, “Hmmm, this shit sounds interesting”? The further you dig for information, the discovery is made that you know more about a group than you actually thought you did. All this right before the boom of high speed internet access. That’s the point where I found myself when I discovered Apsci, a Brooklyn husband and wife group with a DJ in tow. You had the Bronx born, New Jersey-raised Ra LaMotta and the Filipino-Australian Dana Diaz-Tutaan along with NYC’s own DJ Big Wiz (Hail Mary Mallon).
The group made its impact on me from the very start, so it took me by surprise when I learned Ra was also one-third of another favorite of mine, the NYC band Vitapup (Sidenote: The one album the band released, An Hour With Vitapup, was dense and packed with amazing moments.) But Apsci, and the albums they’ve released, is the focus here. First it was 2003’s Get It Twisted (Elefant Traks) which featured a number of guest appearances by the likes of Mike Ladd, Seraphim, TV On The Radio’s Tunde Adebimpe, Antibalas’ Martin Perna, Tes Uno, later followed up in 2005 with Thanks For Asking (Quannum), which contained many of the same songs but also included a new gems that costarred Mr. Lif, Pigeon John and Vursatyl.
It would be four years before they returned with a new album in 2009 with Best Crisis Ever (Quannum). It was a bit of a departure from the previous work but Apsci never fit into simply one genre. They literally pushed the boundaries of what the music should be: raw and full of life. The visceral attack there could be summed up in one song; “Under Control.” Now that shit was dope. Eventually the group quietly folded into itself, never announcing a retirement or a dissolution so, you never know what’ll happen in this fickle world.
off of Thanks For Asking
Off of Best Crisis Ever