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DJ Vadim

Hip-hop's influence spread far and wide during the '80s, as witnessed by the growth of the international scene during the following decade. Standing beside brilliant DJs from Japan (Krush) and France (Cam), Russia's DJ Vadim has proved to be the most popular advocate of hip-hop to come out of the former Soviet bloc, triggered mostly by the fact that he moved to Britain early in life. Upon arrival, he set up his own Jazz Fudge Records to issue a demo he called Derelicts of Conformity (by Son of Seth). He finally released the recordings early in 1995, as DJ Vadim's Abstract Hallucinating Gases EP. Britain's top hip-hop and acid jazz DJs began playing the record and, after being scouted by several labels, Vadim signed a contract with Ninja Tune. Several EPs released during 1995-1996 showed him to be quite an experimentalist, working heavily with static and noise, never content to let his ideas meander past the two- or three-minute point. His first LP, U.S.S.R. Repertoire (The Theory of Verticality), was released in late 1996.

The following year, Vadim began working on acts for Jazz Fudge; he issued the compilation Sculpture & Broken Sound, then debuted his own Andre Gurov project with the album A New Rap Language. His next project, the highly touted remix album U.S.S.R. Reconstruction, appeared in 1998, and was followed a year later by U.S.S.R.: Life from the Other Side. His third U.S.S.R. record, The Art of Listening, dropped in 2002. Relatively quiet during the early 2000s -- his only full-length release was a mix album, Stereo Pictures, Vol. 3 -- Vadim nevertheless reappeared in 2007 on BBE with a production album titled The Soundcatcher, as well as the Live in Brooklyn mix CD on Mothergrain. He was back on BBE for his next 12", Got to Rock/Black Is the Night, at the end of 2007 and remained there for his next two singles, 2008's Talk to Me/Like the Wind and 2009's Hidden Treasure/Saturday/Soldier. The full-length LP U Can't Lurn Imaginashun was issued in May of 2009 and featured R&B vocalist Sabirajade along with Chicago veteran Pugs Atomz, while 2012's Don't Be Scared included vocalists Sabirajade, Greg Blackman, and Yarah Bravo. Vadim has also worked as the Bug, with Kevin Martin, Dave Cochran, and Alex Buess. Reggae vocalists like Demolition Man, Governor Tiggy, and Rio Hemopo contributed to his 2014 album Dubcatcher while Max Romeo, General Levy, and Tippa Irie appeared on the 2016 sequel Dubcatcher, Vol. 2. ~ John Bush
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Selected Discography

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Track List: U.S.S.R.: Life From The Other Side

1. Getting Friendly

2. Viagra

3. My Favourite Letter

4. Life From The Itchy Side

5. English Breakfast

6. Building Tension In 2 Dimensions

7. Dig Yourself Baby

8. Are You Sure

9. The Pact (Super Rimes)

10. Outerschmoodles

11. Your Revolution

12. It's Obvious

13. The Piano Song

14. Pauses For Repetition

15. Truly & Really

16. Cold Rock Def Box

17. The Terrorist

18. The Larry Chatsworth Theme Pt.2

19. From Russia With Love

20. Shikko - The Affirmers Of The New Art

21. Micro Course In Russian

22. Friction

23. A 110 Dsp - Acquiring The Taste

24. How To Exercise The Turntable Record Player

25. A Word From Your Ninja Record Dealer

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Track List: U.S.S.R. Reconstruction

1. Schematics (Part Mie) (Jamie Hodge Remix)

2. Theme From Conquest Of The Irrational (Remixed By The Prunes)

3. Breaks (Techno Animal Remix)

4. Conquest Of The Irrational (Vad Dad Diversion) (The Herbaliser)

5. Vad Forgive Me (Bullfrog Kid Koala Mix)

6. Beyond Thought (Vadim V.S Daniel Pemberton)

7. U.S.S.R. Reconstruction (Oval Remix)

8. Abstractions (Remixed By Jupiter Jam)

9. Variations In U.S.S.R. (Dj Krush Remix)

10. U.S.S.R. Repertoire (Clatterbox Remix)

11. Who The Hell Am I? (Animals On Wheels Remix)

12. Variations In U.S.S.R. (Reflection Mix)

13. More Melodies In Vertical Theory (Vadim & The Sycophants)

14. Variations In U.S.S.R. (Silent Poets Remix)

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Track List: Akura Uprock / Leader

1. Akura Uprock

2. Akura Uprock (Simbad Re-Edit)

3. Akura Uprock (DJ Oil Remix)

4. Akura Uprock (Kemet Remix)

5. Leader (Jukebox Champions Remix)

6. Leader (Jukebox Champions Remix Instrumental)

7. Leader (Dead Milky Remix)

8. Leader (Dead Milky Remix Instrumental)

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Track List: Dubcatcher

2. If Life Was A Thing (Feat. Demolition Man)

3. Consignment (Feat. Governor Tiggy)

4. Nah Join (Feat. YT)

5. Sweet Like A Lolly (Feat. Governor Tiggy)

6. Originate It (Feat. Dynamite MC)

8. Action (Feat. Jimmy Screech)

9. Lyrical Soldier (Feat. Demolition Man)

12. Badman (Feat. Demolition Man)

13. Raggamuffin Life (Feat. Jamalski)

14. Ring My Bell (Feat. Governor Tiggy)

15. Pele (Feat. Karen B)

16. Carpenter (Remix) (Feat. Gappy Ranks)

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Track List: Hope / Give It Up (Single)

1. Hope (Feat. Rio Hemopo & Sabira Jade)

2. Hope (Instrumental)

3. Give It Up (Feat. Katrina Blackstone & YT)

4. Give It Up (Instrumental)

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Track List: Sweet Like A Lolly B/W If Life Was A Thing

1. Sweet Like A Lolly (Feat. Governor Tiggy)

2. Speak To Me Darling (Feat. Sina)

3. If Life Was A Thing (Feat. Demolition Man)

4. Sweet Like A Lolly (Sax Version)

5. If Life Was A Dub (Instrumental)

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Track List: The Soundcatcher

1. Intro

2. Fear Feats

3. Talk To Me

4. Them Say

5. Soundcatchers

6. Manchester

7. Kill Kill Kill

8. Milwaukee

9. Like The Wind

10. Black Is The Night

11. I Got To Rock

12. Theme To Big Willy Dee

13. Balistic Affairs

14. Sufferin Blues

15. Bath In Bleach

16. Sd 4

17. Watch That Sound

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Track List: The Soundcatcher Extras

1. Raise Your Glass

2. Quand Viene La Nuit

3. I Can Never

4. Countdown

5. Saskatoon

6. Got To Rock

7. Kill Kill Kill

8. SD1

9. Like The Wind

10. Boom Sumting

11. Za Ba Day

12. Kill Kill Kill (Jr. Eakee Remix)

13. Got To Rock (Aaron Jerome Remix)

14. Watch That Sound (J Star Remix)

15. Talk To Me (Live)

16. Kill Kill Kill (Deface Groove Remix)

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Track List: U Can't Lurn Imaginashun

1. Soldier

2. R3 Imaginashun

3. That Life

4. Thrill Seeker

5. Beijos

6. Saturday

7. Strictly Rockers 215

8. Under Your Hat

9. Game Tight

10. You Are Yours

11. Maximum

12. I Want You Shout Out

13. Always Lady

14. Pink Stiletos

15. Thrill 103

16. Rock Dem Hot

17. Hidden Treasure

18. Tu He Ma Ne Toddy

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Track List: U.S.S.R. Repertoire (The Theory Of Verticality)

1. My Radio (The Inaugeration)

2. Relax With Pep Part 6

3. Headz Still Ain't Ready

4. The Next S**t Part 2

5. Lounge Shiznitz

6. Live From Paris (Remix)

7. Lord Forgive Me

8. Relax With Pep Part 5

9. Suckas Wearing Tainted Sunglasses

10. Aural Prostitution

11. Knowledge Vs. Wisdom (Part 2) (A Difference In Wordplay?)

12. This Goes Out

13. The Nuisance Caller

14. Melodies In Hinge Creek (Light My Fire)

15. Times Are Hard

16. The Schematics (Part 2)

17. Call Me

18. Bloke 1

19. Who The Hell Am I?

20. Relax With Pep Part 2

21. Abstractions

22. Mental Gymnastics

23. The Foundation (The Origin Of Hip Hop)

24. U.S.S.R. Repertoire

25. Help Me

26. Melodies In Vertical Theory

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my freinened dose beat box
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I've bean with this since 01 playing clubs in Burlington v.t. vadim big ups! To the comment under mine sorry he isn't a fudge brownie or kid rock! Worthless slit
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He sucks :-(
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Haha creeper beats like creeper bud
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creepy. the music scares me with its strange hypnotic beats. is this what L.S.D. feels like?
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Is that Nikka Costa singing on this??!!
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akjoem0
gud reggae beat
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phat as beat
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carankidwell
Kraseevee! beautiful!
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Sick Sick Sick........ . . . l o v e it!!!
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Kill!, Kill!, Kill!
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I'm new to Vadim. Who's the MC on 'Kill, Kill, Kill'?? Sounds French, n'est pas?
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ajshrews
This is all they have of Vadim? WTF?
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What this bio doesnt mention is his experience with the group One Self, which he produced tracks for Blue Rum 13 and Yarah Bravo. These two artist have been featured on his earlier work The Art of Listening Ussr: Reconstructi o n . One of his best works.
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I saw him live in Lawrence, KS and he signed my vinyl copy of USSR: Art of Listening!!! He's a really nice guy :)

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