DJ Vadim & Karina Blackstone
The Chosen One #21
BBE Records plays host to another outing involving the irrepressible Vadim as he joins forces with American songstress Ms Blackstone.
The male half of this fascinating duo needs little introduction: a career covering the bases of Hip-Hop, Dub, Reggae and Soul, DJ Vadim has always looked to pushed the boundaries of genre. Recent albums, including those on BBE Records, have solidified his unquenchable thirst to keep producing music of interest. Kindred spirit Katrina fits snugly into this ethos, initially allying with Vadim on his first 'Dubcatcher' LP.
So, 14 tracks straddling those very genres, veering towards the Caribbean in its influence. There's Bowie-like Funk on 'Luv 2 Luv' a la 'Fame', stacatto rhythms under Katrina's Soulful plea on 'Choose', Soul-II-Soul-tempo quiet storm on 'Re Run'; 'Rewind' at the same pace, competing as the best song on the album. 'Stand Up' brings Dub and Dubstep together with aplomb, Blackstone getting all Jill Scott on us via 'That's Not Me' while Vadim's clever use of Gwen McCrae's 'Doin' It' on 'Shoop Shoop' squares the circle. A collaboration to enjoy for the rest of the year and beyond. Let's hope this union is more than just a one-off.
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