Russian-born London-based Andre Gurov, aka Pierre Vadim, aka
DJ Vadim, experiments with hip-hop rhythm, and has resurrected the
art of the breakbeat.
The slow, intricate grooves of his early EPs,
Abstract Hallucinating Gases (Jazz Fudge, 1995),
Headz Ain't Ready (Jazz Fudge, 1995),
and Non Later Hypothesis (Ninja Tune, 1996),
are dressed with snippets of musique concrete.
The theory is fully developed on DJ Vadim's debut album,
USSR Repertoire - The Theory Of Verticality (Ninja Tune, 1996).
The raps are secondary. Vadim's focus is in the hip-hop beats and in the
collage of micro-samples (Building Tension in Two Dimensions).
Reconstruction is the remix album by an army of remixers.
An impressive cast of rappers keeps alive the interest for
Life From the Other Side (Ninja Tune, 1999), an album that
offers very little comfort from Vadim's old-fashioned samples and that sounds
more like a manual for aspiring djs than a work of art.
The Isolationist (Jazz Fudge, 1999) is a collaboration with the
Under his own name, Andre Gurov has released the mini-albums
Revelations of Wrath (Jazz Fudge, 1997) and
New Rap Language (Jazz Fudge, 1997), that offer more experimental
and sometimes cacophonous pieces.
USSR: The Art Of Listening (Ninja Tune, 2002) is his most radio-friendly
album, and the least instrumental.
Despite several guests and a few intriguing scores
(Till Suns In Your Eye, It's On,
Revelations Well Expounded), it still suffers from a lack of
One Self is a collaboration with Yarah Bravo, Blu Rum 13 and DJ Woody.
Soundcatcher (2007) was a minor detour into reggae and dub.
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