DJ Vadim, Abstract Rude, Yarah Bravo

DJ Vadim may get less attention these days than when he was cranking out abstract/breakbeat productions back in the '90s, but his music grows more interesting and globally minded with every release. After several solo instrumental hip-hop discs that aligned him with DJs Krush, Cam and Shadow, the Soviet-born, London-raised, Brooklyn-residing and ever-touring Vadim Peare started to hit the road a few years ago with a full band and MCs in tow. He's also toured as part of One Self, a collaborative hip-hop unit. More recently, Brazilian, West African and Indian textures began creeping into his tunes, but the most evident stylistic ingestion on his last release The Soundcatcher is that of Jamaican ragga and dub.


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