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USSR:Life From The Other Side

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Getting Friendly
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Viagra
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My Favourite Letter
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Life From The Itchy Side
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English Breakfast
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Building Tension In 2 Dimensions
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Dig Yourself Baby!
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Are You Sure
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The Pact
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Outerschmoodles
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Your Revolution
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It's Obvious
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The Piano Song
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Pauses For Repetition
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Truly & Really
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Ponmelo duro
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The Terrorist
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The Larry Chatsworth Theme
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From Russia With Love
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Shikko- The Affirmers Of The New Art
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Micro Course In Russian
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Friction
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A 110 DSP- Acquiring The Taste
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How To Exercise The Turntable Record Player
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Strength & Understanding For Young Lovers
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Total Tracks: 25   Total Length: 71:34

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12.14.10
DJ Vadim, USSR:Life From The Other Side
1999 | Label: Ninja Tune

Previously known for death-bed trip-hop and beats that felt like trudging through molasses, on USSR Life from the Other Side, Russian émigré DJ Vadim shakes his rigor mortis to produce one of the best underground hip-hop records ever. Vadim’s inventive approach to sound is still evident, however, and this album alludes to everything from the Stooges to John Cage‘s prepared piano to Special Request’s “Salsa Smurph.” Vadim’s constructivist beats are blessed by such emissaries… read more »

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The biggest crap ever

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I s he loosing it or does he have a lot of cash he can spare a few years....garbadge

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DJ Vadim’s debut introduced one of the world’s best producers in abstract underground rap, a minimalist hip-hopper able to weave a funky break around the slightest piece of noise detritus. After recording a solid remix album (U.S.S.R. Reconstruction), Vadim returned in late 1999 with the sophomore-slump-breaking U.S.S.R.: Life From the Other Side. Whereas with his first album Vadim worked on a miniature scale, constructing breaks and beats out of abstract noise, here the sound is more upfront and swaggering, much closer to the commercial rap world than before. (Of course, thanks to producers like Timbaland and Swizz Beatz, the commercial rap world had moved much closer to Vadim, as well.) Since he’s working with rappers on more than half of the tracks here, Vadim transforms himself from a solo turntablist into a genuine rap trackmaster with catchier riffs and tighter beats than most in Britain’s instrumental hip-hop underground. Two tracks, “Viagra” (with El-P from Company Flow) and “English Breakfast” (with Swollen Members), display this excellent fusion by blending the hard-hitting, stutter-stepped style of production perfected by DJ Premier with just a few of the paranoid breaks and hostile atmospheres of Vadim’s debut. On a similarly high level as landmarks like Dr. Octagon and Company Flow’s Funcrusher Plus, U.S.S.R.: Life From the Other Side proves Vadim is not only one of the most creative turntablist/producers, but he is also one of the most talented trackmasters in the healthy rap underground. – John Bush

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