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Tag Archives: DJ Vadim
DJ Vadim has just embarked on a new tour with Chicago rapper and recording partner Pugs Atomz. Here’s a message via his MySpace page: Yes that’s right, the T-E-R-R-O-R-IST is back with a brand new live album! ‘U Can’t Lurn … Continue reading
DJ Vadim is heading back to the States on the strength of his recently released U Can’t Lurn Imaginashun. The 20-date tour threads through California, New York, and a few cities in between.
When we last heard from DJ Vadim, the Russo-British producer was struggling with eye cancer. Thankfully, he had a successful operation to remove the cancer, and then finished his latest album, U Can’t Lurn Imaginashun. The album drops via BBE … Continue reading
DJ Vadim has posted an amazing essay about his ongoing bout with ocular melanoma (eye cancer). I don’t mean to get all McPalin, but it is truly a demonstration of the wonder of the Internet that Vadim could post such … Continue reading
Today brought unfortunate news on two major artists. Allhiphop.com reports that Buckshot just suffered a series of seizures that led to his hospitalization: According to Duck Down co-founder and CEO Dru Ha, the legendary MC was returning home from a … Continue reading
After a lengthy fall tour for last year’s impressive reggae/future soul/electronic/hip-hop hybrid The Soundcatcher, DJ Vadim will head back out on the road in February to complete some West Coast dates. This time, it will be a mix of full-on … Continue reading
This fall, UK producer DJ Vadim will head across the U.S. on tour in support of his latest album The Soundcatcher. Accompanying him will be Yarah Bravo, the rapper/vocalist who collaborated with him on his One Self project; and L.A. rap veteran Abstract Rude. The trio plan to course through the nation’s bohemian cafes and small nightclubs, and are looking for people to help spread the word.
"If you are familiar with One Self. Then you are probably familiar with mine and my crew’s work ethics," wrote Vadim in a MySpace message. "We are looking to create a Street Team in all the cities we are hitting. We need people who can help us distribute flyers and posters to record stores, clothes stores, coffee shops, colleges … hit up local radio, campus radio, promote at local shows etc … and spread the word! If you got a website, or run a blog etc … feel free to post it on there as well. We’ll make online flyers too."
So consider this modest post a contribution towards the effort. If you want to help, contact the Russian through his MySpace page. In the meantime, check out the tour dates below.
It’s been a long journey for DJ Vadim. The Russian-born, UK-bred producer first came to attention over a decade ago, thanks to mind-bending joints like "Abstract Hallucinating Gases." His second album, 1996’s U.S.S.R. Repertoire (The Theory of Verticality), is one of the best albums from the downtempo/post-Shadow period, taking deconstructionist turntablist techniques to absurdly minimalist conclusions. The years since have seen him evolve into a proponent of less-rigorous quietude; "Your Revolution," his controversial 1999 collabo with Sarah Jones, was a particular high point.
For most of that time, when not releasing new product on his now-defunct imprint Jazz Fudge, Vadim was rocking with Ninja Tune. With The Sound Catcher, however, Vadim is switching over to UK future soul imprint BBE. It makes sense: his last joint as a member of the group One Self (with Yarah Bravo and Blurum 13), Children of Possibility, seemed out of place amidst Ninja Tune’s harder electronic sounds. Considering Vadim’s new soulful direction, BBE is a natural fit.
So why should xenophobic Yanks care about this? Well, in a press release Vadim promises that The Sound Catcher is "by far my most concise, precise and best work to date," one that brings his restless experimentation to fruition. And everybody likes good music, right? The Sound Catcher is slated for April 16 in the UK, with a U.S. release shortly thereafter (if not on the same day).