New York City, February 28, 2018 - Legendary hip-hop DJ/Producer Johnny “Juice” Rosado has formed an Electro/Hip-Hop/Jazz duo with NYC bass player and singer KJ. The new band, called The Oddysy, introduced the world to a brand new sound with their first single, Incantation. The new song is now available on streaming services including Spotify and Apple Music. The band followed up with a live performance video for Incantation directed by Mark Doerrier.
The Oddysy’s first single is a heady cocktail of hip-hop beats, syncopated basslines, and vintage synths. Complex harmonies and a tribal background vocals layer in just above the foundation. KJ’s painful, emphatic melody flows rhythmically through the familiar pop form in a manner that calls to mind early Sting with The Police.
Throughout the song, Rosado simultaneously launches loops while bending a pair of turntables to his will. They become sound effects in the intro, synths in the chorus, and a percussive solo instrument in the classic hip-hop breakdown.
The sounds he creates are miraculous, according to rockstar guitarist Vernon Reid of Living Colour: “Subtle, atmospheric, and unexpected are the adjectives that came immediately to mind... Juice takes the concept of turntablism to a whole new space in the song Incantation from his new project, The Oddysy.”
The Oddysy collaborated with world-renowned audio engineer Scott Hull (Sting, Jay Z, Steely Dan) to develop the unique sound on Incantation. Hull is chief engineer and owner of Masterdisk, a storied mastering and vinyl cutting studio known for its work with Bob Dylan, Garbage, and The Beastie Boys.
One of Masterdisk’s early projects was the seminal album It Takes A Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back by Public Enemy which features DJ Johnny Juice.
For its terrestrial radio debut, Incantation was featured on NPR affiliate NV89 in Reno, Nevada. The single is available now for streaming and download on all major services. The video can be see on YouTube and the band’s website, TheOddysy.com.
About The Oddysy
KJ + DJ Johnny Juice, an electro-organic fusion where layered harmonies coalesce over waves of synth-augmented bass, punctuated by effortlessly intricate turntable flourishes. A vibrant framework; a funky foundation ready to be stretched and spun beyond studio boundaries by a pantheon of power players. A journey you only take when you trust your guides.
About DJ Johnny Juice
Alongside fellow Public Enemy members Chuck D and Flavor Fav, DJ Johnny Juice helped launch the hip-hop revolution that came out of New York City in the 1980s and ‘90s.
From there, his career turned to collaborations with other hip-hop legends including Beastie Boys, Leaders of the New School, and Darryl “DMC” McDaniels of Run DMC. In 2013 Johnny Juice was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Public Enemy.
Later projects would see Juice branch out even further. Such is the case with his work on the historical documentary about Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, On the Shoulders of Giants. Johnny Juice produced the soundtrack and performed on it alongside jazz greats Herbie Hancock and Wynton Marsalis, and hip-hop legends Chuck D and Will.i.Am of the Black Eyed Peas.
KJ—short for Kevin Jacoby—studied Jazz under master bassist Lincoln Goines (Sonny Rollins, Carly Simon). It was Lincoln who convinced him move to NYC. There the young musician found himself sharing stages and studio dates with up & coming musicians like Keith Carlock (Steely Dan, John Mayer), Zach Danziger (U2, Randy Brecker) and the psychedelic salsa band La Mecanica Popular. KJ also made music with his share of old masters including Paquito D’Rivera, Jimmy Bruno, and Gerald Veasley (Grover Washington Jr).
As KJ was making a name for himself in the New York scene he caught the attention of a band called Cecilia. Two months later the band signed a multi-million dollar contract with Atlantic Records and set off on the road. With Cecilia, KJ spend years recording, touring, and sharing the stage with Alicia Keys, Fallout Boy, Hootie and the Blowfish, Pat Benatar, and Midnight Oil.