Frenzie

Frenzie

Coming in a long line of esteemed ground breaking British soul artists from Loose Ends, Soul2Soul, Spacek, Omar, to Amy Winehouse, Hartley & Wolfe grab the baton in creating something quite unique, different and new. Not quite R’n’B or neo soul, not quite American ‘urban’ or electronica .... perhaps more working man’s soul in sound but yet ticks a lot of musical boxes at the same time. Think Isley Brothers meets Rick James in terms of vocal delivery. Raspy deep felt, weathered classic soul with a big voice meets intergalactic pimped out grooves with bass-lines that would make Lee Scratch Perry’s Upsetters proud!

This is music that definitely gives a nod to the old school but this is not a retro throwback workout nor is it the work of soul novices. Just like a fine wine fermenting its flavors over time Greg & Vadim have been hard at work with Nightmares On Wax, Utah Saints, Featurecast, Horace Andy, Prince, Stevie Wonder, Fat Freddys Drop, amongst others in preparation of this moment. In an era where so many vocalists seem to be dumbing down their sound and content, Hartley&Wolfe is quite the opposite. “Bespoke Future” is an album about life rejection, love failure, political misendeavors and also most importantly it’s fun, catchy and quite possibly may brew up a storm on a dance floor near you soon. Quite simply an accomplished, musical Scud Missile of pure enjoyment.

There was once a young African princess who embarked on a huge journey in pursuit of her dreams. She arrived at a mystical island covered in clouds where she met a cunning wizard…Sounds like the beginning of some Disney fantasy but the truth is not so different. The Princess is Sena who came from Accra, Ghana to a festival in the centre of Budapest, Hungary and met a musical wizard by the name of DJ Vadim… that was in 2005. What happened that night was the meeting not only of like minded souls, but the beginning of a future journey into sound and space. First came recordings for Vadim for the Soundcatcher album Talk To Me (2007 BBE) which was much lauded by Gilles Peterson at the time… Which led to a long process of creating an album. Much happened in between. Each had many of their own adventures.

Perhaps a good analogy would be the perfect pasta. One needs both to cook it exactly, not too hard or too soft and also a complimentary sauce. It takes time, love, effort and good ingredients. What’s the result, simple but delicious and what a perfect combination Sena & Vadim make also.

Perhaps add some chile pepper to bring out the African funk mixed with London tricknology from the grimey east London hoods and that’s what it sounds like. It’s not just soul but has a peppery kick, a proud African roar with somewhat a Caribbean touch.

Then again, that’s the Dubcatcher Vadim bringing his bass and skank to the mix. This isn’t rose tinted squeaky clean US R&B, this is a diamond in the ruff worldly spoken words, raps and emotions…

Think Erykah Badu meets Damian Marley over the new upsetter hot steppa DJ Vadim…

The new mix on Mixcloud...

 

Best of 2015 Mixtape by Dj Vadim on Mixcloud

 

Here's a remix of If Life was a Thing featuring the legendary Demolition Man by Sticky Budz. This was his favourite song off Dubcatcher. We are giving it away for free, click the DL link and a simple click on "hypeddit" will get you a download!

A remix update of an old jammy I did featuring some hard hitters from Chicago.. free DL, that's wassup!

Got the call from Mungo's mans dem and had to deliver an exclusive heavyweight remix to Scotland's finest bass exporters of fine reggae dancehall. Out now on all formats!!!

Daddy Vad is celebrating twenty years of record releases! Brraapp Brraapp!!!

To mark this impressive achievement, we have released an exclusive cut of Black Is The Night (featuring Katherine DeBoer). The flip-side, Lyrical Soldier (featuring Demolition Man) is taken from the Dubcatcher album and is remixed by Jstar an original don whom helped inspire the Major Lazer crew. You can grab yourself a copy of this limited release here - be quick as there's only 500 copies! 

NEWNESS! There was once a young African princess who embarked on a huge journey in pursuit of her dreams. She arrived at a mystical island covered in clouds where she met a cunning wizard...sounds like the beginning of some Disney fantasy? The truth is not so different! The Princess is Sena who came from Accra, Ghana to a festival in the centre of Budapest, Hungary and met a musical wizard by the name of DJ Vadim... that was in 2005. What happened that night was the meeting not only of like minded souls, but the beginning of a future journey into sound and space. First came recordings for Vadim's Soundcatcher album, 'Talk To Me' (2007 BBE) which was much lauded by Gilles Peterson at the time... this led to a long process of creating an album.

Much happened in between. Each had many of their own adventures. Grammy Award shows, sell out arena shows for Sena’s band in Hungary - Irie Mafia - plus the birth of her beautiful daughter Kekeli and the release of her second solo album Lots Of Trees on French Soulbeats Records; world wide shenanagins for DJ Vadim with his groups, One Self, The Electric and many solo projects. Perhaps a good analogy would be the perfect pasta. One needs both to cook it exactly, not too hard or too soft and also a complimentary sauce. It takes time, love, effort and good ingredients. The result, simple but delicious and what a perfect combination Sena & Vadim also make. Perhaps add some chile pepper to bring out the African funk mixed with London tricknology from the grimey east London hoods and that's what it sounds like. Soul with a peppery kick, a proud African roar with somewhat a Caribbean touch, then again, that’s the Dubcatcher bringing his bass and skank to the mix. This isn’t rose tinted squeaky clean US R&B, this is a diamond in the ruff, worldly spoken words, raps and emotions...think Erykah Badu meets Damian Marley over the new upsetter hot steppa DJ Vadim.

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