专辑类型：Abstract Hip Hop; Underground Hip Hop; Trip-Hop
俄罗斯籍Hip Hop拼贴製作鬼才DJ Vadim领军全新组合超瞩目首度出辑
Kid Koala等合作的美国Underground Rap好手Blu Rum 13，Jazz Electronica名团Cinematic Orchestra成员John Ellis以及圈中好友DJ Woody共同组成。
以网罗了巴西裔骚灵女歌手Yarah Bravo，曾与TTC、Luke Vibert、坚强的合作关係为DJ Vadim过去所勾勒的Abstract Hip Hop/Underground Hip Hop创作麵向体现更多的人声导向可能性，揉合更多Dub、Soul、Grimestep、Jazz元素而被形容为「有如The Pop Group於2005年经典再现」。
史上最忙碌的俄罗斯籍DJ/製作人DJ Vadim在万眾瞩目之下推出新专辑。DJ Vadim (aka VadiDJ Vadimm Peare)本名Andrey Gurov，人称hip hop界的John Coltrane，1992年被Ninja Tune签下，1995年创立自己的厂牌Jazz Fudge。他不仅多产，除了DJ/製作人之外还身兼多样职务，合作过的对象更是不计其数，而且都大有来头。像是日本抽象hip hop大师DJ Krush、纽约underground hip hop名团Company Flow、来自费城的jazz hip hop巨星The Roots、LA的The Pharcyde与Dilated People、美国东岸hardcore/political rap沙场老将Public Enemy、由一群菲律宾裔的美国DJ组成的Beat Junkies等。他的才华不只在hip hop圈中受重视，包括drum n' bass名製作人Ed Rush、德国电子音乐先驱Kraftwerk、英国trip hop团Morcheeba、英国摇滚大团Super Furry Animal以及The Jam与The Style Council首脑Paul Weller等，都曾经合作过，可见DJ Vadim的才华洋溢。
除了以DJ Vadim的名字发行专辑之外，有时也会用本名或是艺名Little Aida发表作品。DJ Vadim在99年发行专辑USSR: Life from the Other Side不只卡司坚强 (Scratch Perverts、Blade、Dilated People的Iriscience等)。他还特别组了个团The Russian Percussions巡迴演出，阵容也是不能小看，包括Scratch Perverts的Mr. Thing (唱盘)、Killa Kela (beatbox)、Blue Rum 13 (MC)以及John Ellis (keyboard)。这个团总共巡迴了200场，足迹遍佈欧州各国与美国，真吓人。他同时也是西班牙一个hip hop团7 Notas 7 Colores的DJ/製作人，参加过一个许多艺术家组成的团队The Isolationist。2005-5006年间则忙著与老婆MC Yarah Bravo组的One Self，另一个团员是MC Blue Rum 13。One Self的首张专辑Children of Possibility在2005年9月发行。
这样的经历够丰富了吧，他会这么忙碌也不是没有原因的，他的取样技巧可是首屈一指的。他的音乐结合了hip hop与电子，还加入了许多元素，像是reggae/soul/R&B/disco/dub等，还有世界音乐。作品中有纯音乐的抽象hip hop，也有饶舌，所以他的作品可想而知的具有多样的面貌。在这张新专辑The Soundcatcher就可以见识到他的真功夫，距离上一张个人专辑USSR:The Art of Listening已经有5年的时间了。新专辑中，抽象hip hop的部份减少了，简单来说是以歌曲/饶舌为走向，跟以往的作品比起来较为商业，但却又不失个人风格。soul的部份相对增多，也让这张专辑更增添旋律性，在一些歌曲中加入了dub的delay技巧，让歌曲充满空间感。另外他还玩了当今英国相当走红的grime，专辑中有几首充满雷鬼味的歌曲，可见 reggae/dub/dancehall对他的影响之深。找来跨刀的MC也都是狠角色，有英国当红的Skinnyman、来自美国西岸的Abtract Rude等。听完之后发现，DJ Vadim还真不是省油的灯，个人对这张专辑的评价很高，每首歌的製作水準都非常的高，尤其把他擅长的取样发挥到淋漓尽致，每首歌的感觉也相当的到味。这张专辑肯定会成为今年音乐圈的一个大事件，真的有这么棒吗？有待听眾自己发觉吧！
You’ve heard “Be Your Own”, you’ve heard “Bluebird” – now it’s time to experience the full impact of the children of possibility known as One Self.
With a career marked by critical acclaim and a hardcore following, DJ Vadim could have continued to work as a producer with whoever he liked – the cream of MC talent from around the globe. As one of the few producers to straddle the divide between independent hip hop and more leftfield instrumental music, he could have stayed in the comfort zone. But this time out he decided to gather his closest musical collaborators together with him to create a true group ethic and radically freshen up his approach in the process. The results are sensational, a revelation.
Both Swedish-Brazilian Yarah Bravo and American Blu Rum 13 have been long term Vadim-associates but in addition have rhymed with everyone from TTC to Canibus to Luke Vibert to Kid Koala. Their voices, placed together for the first time, mesh into a lyrical, melodic blend which summons up memories of the best of Native Tongues updated for a new century - Blu Rum’s gruff, musical growl the ideal foil for Yarah’s sweet, octave-hopping, spoken word stylings. Two intelligent MCs with sacks full of ideas but the subtlety not to ram it down your throat.
The effect of working with two so well-matched vocalists (along with a new obsession with dub and the bass heavy music of the Caribbean) seems to have revivified Vadim’s approach, a real sense of sunshine permeating a record which still punches its weight in terms of stylistic innovation and experimentation.
So while the album opens with Blu Rum’s proletarian anthem, “Fear The Labour” and the unstitched rocksteady of “Trying To Speak”, the listener soon finds themselves bouncing to the warm bass of “Temptation” or the street soul of “Over Expose,” the carnival punches of “Sunshine” or the meditative spaciousness of “Hollow Human Beings”. And Vadim still comes through with a trademark instrumental track in “SD2” which is as fun as it is [内容被过滤，请注意论坛文明]ed up.
So there you have it – a true unit (One Self) working together to open up new possibilities for themselves and for the music they love. A perfect record for a summer as cerebral as it is soulful…
Review from Ninjatune.net
"Thoughtful US emcee blu Rum 13 lends a considered lilt to the aleady
Hip Hop Connection
"Sweet, intelligent, subtle hip hop mixing big slow bass beats with amazing
live vocal performaces"
"This album sounds not far from perfect"
"One Self have truly created a musical world of their own where an
unstoppable creator of large beats meets lyrically inventive visionaries
with powerful yet playful voices"
Straight No Chaser
"Holistic street-level charm distilled into super-fluid beats and rhymes"
"Some of the most inventive shit of our time."
"Beautiful - minimal beats kissed by the eastern sun.”
From the individual to the collective - that's the journey that the intrepid Vadim has taken, from his various solo offerings to his current status as one third of One Self alongside MC's Yarah Bravo and Blu Rum 13. Whereas Vadim's previous solo undertakings have made extensive use of guests and collaborators, One Self was destined to be a group from the outset. But this is no random collection of talents. While Vadim's record as a solo artist speaks for itself, both of his partners in rhyme Yarah Bravo and Blu Rum can point to previous associations with Vadim as both guest artists and members of his touring ensemble the Russian Percussion. Indeed, the roots of what was to become One Self grew organically from the Russian Percussion's colossal North American trek in 2003.
One Self arrive as a distillation of Vadim's previous collaborative work while at the same time heralding a move into new unexplored territory. In essence, Vadim has taken the vibes of the Russian Percussion and boiled them down to the smooth and streamlined contours of One Self. From day one Vadim has been keen to stress that One Self isn't the latest in a line of solo projects, but a bona fide group in its own right with each of its three members given equal billing. This is borne out in the themed artwork for the album and singles where the names of Vadim, Yarah Bravo and Blu Rum 13 democratically sit side by side above the One Self logo.
The opening 'Fear The Labour', with its subtle flamenco inflections, hypnotic mid-tempo pacing and the distinctively busy verbalising of Blu Rum 13 provides as good a curtain raiser to the world of One Self as you could hope to hear. At heart, there's an airiness at the core of the laidback, soulful sound One Self have made their own - Blu Rum's mahogany rich vocal tones and cerebral word-juggling tendencies act as a colourful foil for the sweeter, more straight up rhymeology of his female counterpart Yarah Bravo. Underpining it all, Vadim's inventively pared down production and beats manage to suck in everything from jazz, dub and blues to exotic hints of North Africa, India and beyond. 'Temptation', 'Paranoid' and 'Sunshine' provide ample room for Blu Rum to stretch out while the kicked back funky interplay of Yarah & Blu Rum on 'Trying To Speak', 'Be Your Own', 'Over Expose' and, most notably, on the current single 'Bluebird' at times echoes the uplifting sound of Digable Planets.
Despite the noise generated by the lead single 'Be Your Own', 'Children Of Possibility' is actually something of a slow burner that only reveals its subtleties over the course of any number of repeated listens. Time to go sharpening up those ears.
reviewed on 21 Jun 2005
01. Fear The Labor
02. Trying To Speak
03. Be Your Own
05. Over Exposed
09. Hollow Human Beings
10. Cupid Smiling The Smile
12. Unfamiliar Places