Boomkat Product Review:
Russian dude DJ Vadim has been rocking the hiphop world for what seems like aeons under a whole host of different monikers, but we've always been most partial to his own productions. It's been 12 years since Vadim's debut album on Jazz Fudge and the producer's work has changed hugely since then, he's managed to score success in his band One Self and by the sounds of it he's had time to listen to a fair bit of reggae music. You see 'The Soundcatcher' despite what you might be thinking is not a hip-hop record, it might have a few select hip-hop cuts but it's much more than your run of the mill selection of beats 'n rhymes. With top notch production throughout Vadim experiments with soul, pop, ragga and most successfully with reggae, as is heard loud and clear on the album's opening track 'Fear Feats'. This is summer pop at its best, and aided by the honeyed vocal talents of Emo and Syrus Vadim manages to nail the Reggae genre just like he nailed hip-hop. In fact, in contrast with many of his albums the album is almost all vocal tracks with scant few instrumentals to fill in the gaps, but that's no bad thing. Vadim knows what he's doing in regard to collaborators and although there might not be so many huge names, the emcees and vocalists he uses all add to the tracks in the best possible way whether toasting, rhyming or singing. This album serves as an interesting foil to this week's other hip-hop producer record, Timbaland's 'Shock Value' and just as Timbaland seemed to lose the plot here, Vadim takes his sound to the next logical level. Hip hop might be quickly fizzling out, but some producers clearly know how to handle that with grace and style - recommended.