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  • Audio CD (23 Sept. 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Ninja Tune
  • ASIN: B00006B14Y
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,436 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Till Suns In Your Eyes feat. Moshun Man
2. Its On feat. Vakill
3. She Who Is Tested feat. Yarah Bravo
4. Combustible feat. Gift Of Gab
5. Ghetto Rebels feat. Phi Life Cypher
6. Revelations Well Expanded feat. Kela & Ulzula Dudziak
7. The Harp Song (Part 2)
8. The Pacifist feat. Yarah Bravo
9. In Control Vol 3 feat. Dj Plus One
10. Taa Fun Aiye feat. Ade Soma & Gruff (Sfa)
11. Who Me feat. Demolition Man
12. Something To Feel? feat. Task Force
13. L'art D'ecouter feat. Ttc
14. That Which Is Coming feat. Revd Clevie Brown
15. Edie Brikell feat. Slug

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Hip hop’s favourite Russian ex-pat returns with his third album, "USSR – The Art Of Listening" and once again DJ Vadim has raised his game.

"…Listening" has all of the angular abstractions of Vadim’s earlier work, but here it is combined with a new depth of musicality, a love of bass and an interest in music and words from around the world. So, alongside UK MCs like Taskforce and Phi Life Cipher and the cream of US underground wordspitters like Slug, Gift of Gab, Moshun Man and Vakill can be found Polish jazz legend Urzula Dudziak (a favoured sample source for A Tribe Called Quest back in the day), Gruff from Super Furry Animals, Ade Soma and the Rev’d Clevie Brown. Tablas and djembe drums mix with Japanese flutes, Brazilian guitars, spoken word, obscure scratched sound bites and a definite UK street sound incorporating hints of jungle bass and drums, all build the whole into something unusual and special

It makes for a heady mixture, a record which Vadim describes as "a very grown up but cheeky and extremely musical album." Urban but experimental, fresh and different, this record goes beyond not only what he has done before, but beyond much of today’s hip hop. With its global view of music, it’s new emphasis on soul, its concrete feel for the aesthetic of the sample, "The Art Of Listening" is funny, serious, unique.

Those who know how to listen will hear….


Shuffle up, Roots Manuva: on USSR: The Art Of Listening, Russian-born trickster turntablist DJ Vadim encapsulates the ethic of leftfield hip-hop imprint Ninja Tune with a skill that leaves all but the brightest of his contemporaries in the shade. The public-service-announcement-style introduction to the opening "Till Suns In Your Eye" might announce that "Listening to music while stoned is a whole new world", but this no pastel-shaded chill-out sound: Vadim's production vibrates with sharp, often hilarious detail, absurd sounds and baroque instruments--baritone sax, fingerpicked harp, keening violin--wriggling like maggots through a stable hip-hop framework of beats and breaks. "Ghetto Rebels" throws a surrealist spin on the concept of street-level rhyming, the grind of a pneumatic drill backing Phil Life Cypher's comically childish rebellion rhymes. And on "Taa Fun Aiye", the presence of Super Furry Animals frontman Gruff Rhys--here guesting on guitar--is a big Welsh signpost to this record's boundary-bending eclecticism. Despite the fact it leans heavily on an ever-shifting line-up of special guests, The Art of Listening is never over-egged. Quite the opposite, in fact: Vadim has crafted an intelligent and spacious hip-hop album, as streetwise as it is brainy. --Louis Pattison

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USSR: The Art Of Listening is definitly worth a listen. Created by the russian Turntable magician DJ Vadim, and featuring such prominent artists such as Gift Of Gab (of Blackalicious fame) and Slug (member of the Rhymesayers, and MC in the innovative group, Atmosphere) among many others, the qualities of this album should be apparent to everyone, to say the least.
Vadim's production is always spot on, and songs like, "It's on" (feat. Vakill) and "Ghetto Rebels" (feat. Phi Life Cypher) are perfect examples of the quality of this album.
Admitted, there is indeed a few songs on the album which aren't hugely interesting. "The Pacifist" sounds like his previous effort, "Your Revolution", without even managing to catch the brilliance of the latter. In fact, it might even come off as a bit whiny for a hiphop head like me. But having said that, I would really like to stress the fact that this cd, USSR: The Art Of Listening, is worth a buy.
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By A Customer on 26 Jun. 2005
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The beats on this album do not get any tighter. Vadims production alongside an excellent selection of both artists and instruments from around the world means this is an album not to be slept on.
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