Brooklyn-based DJ Vadim says he’s tapped into a new creative vein with the release of his latest LP, “The Sound Catcher.” In fusing disco with dub, blues, soul and rap, the prolific DJ and producer says that his latest release is his “most concise, precise and best work to date.”
“It has a [few] elements of many types of music I’m into—hip-hop, reggae, soul, funk, electronica, all mixed up into a huge musical ratatouille,” he says.
The former Ninja Tune-roster star packed up shop and moved to the talent-heavy BBE roster in early 2006 (producer Aaron Jerome and drummer Bashiri Johnson share the same space). A label change, coupled by his move to the artistically rich base of Brooklyn, served as momentous inspiration behind “The Sound Catcher” swagger. He notes acid jazz, house, disco and drum ‘n’ bass all find their place in the track listing.
“Sometimes music has so many influences you cannot say it is this or that because there is so much going on,” he says.
Unlike his previous collaborations with hip-hop heavy hitters including Dilated Peoples, Company Flow and DJ Krush (to name a few), reggae dominates the audio core of this multi-textured sound collage. He brands the album a kind of “funkafied bop.”
“My taste is growing all of the time,” Vadim says on his penchant for diverse beats. “Some things don’t excite me as much as they used to and other things I have to rediscover my love for, like house music, Prince and reggae.”
For his upcoming Chicago show, listen for Vadim to blend his organic swagger with the live, vocal eloquence of Yarah Bravo and Abstract Rude. Each bring their fluid flow of emceeing to the table, casting a vibe that teeters somewhere between “buck wild” and chilled out.
“[The vibe of my shows] depends so much on the crowd, turnout, what time I play,” he says. “I have done kick-ass sets to Japanese kids and they just stand and watch. When I finish, they politely clap—that’s a cultural thing. Then again I have done shows in the Rockies where people throw down crazy styles…This show is gonna be a mixture of both.” (Jenn Danko)
DJ Vadim performs with Yarah Bravo and Abstract Rude at Beat Kitchen, 2100 West Belmont, (773)281-4444, September 28 at 10pm. $13.