The Soviet Tape is a new collaboration between Fulgeance & DJ Scientist. Their debut single 'Moscow Nightlife' is the perfect introduction to their sound: heavy instrumental hip hop culled exclusively from Scientist's un-rivalled collection of vintage Soviet-era records. Scientist, one of Germany's most prolific record collectors (check out his incredible 'Soviet Grooves' mix for Solid Steel) dug out a slew of samples from his archives, enlisting Fulgeance (MPC virtuoso and one half of Souleance) who transformed the source material into a truly unique and original album.
Taking forgotten records from Russia to Moldavia, The Ukraine, Georgia, Lithuania, Latvia and beyond, the duo have interspersed the largely instrumental album with skits culled from 60s CIA documentaries as well as vocal cuts featuring Blu, Open Mike Eagle and DistantStarr. This all adds up to a release that is both a throwback to the uncertain times of the Cold War and a tribute to the great depth of music that the former Union was responsible for. Standout tracks include the aforementioned 'Moscow Nightlife', the synth-heavy menace of 'Vendetta', and DistantStarr's laid-back rhymes on 'You Know'. With high-concept artwork from Emile Sacre, taking it's cue from original Soviet records, the album is in turns jazzy, psychedelic and soulful, but with hip hop at it's core.
A follow up is already in the works - keep 'em peeled comrades!
released February 16, 2015
“The Soviet Tape” is an album solely based on samples from vintage Soviet vinyl records, reconstructed and transformed for today's music world. From Russia to Moldavia, The Ukraine, Georgia, Lithuania, Latvia, and other former Soviet states – with love!
Thanks to all Soviet Groove enthusiasts and supporters of this project! Special thanks to Aly and Sri from First Word Records for making this project possible. Thanks to DistantStarr, Blu & Open Mike Eagle, to Emile for the great artwork, to Dimitris for the mastering and to all the others that helped out along the way.
All tracks composed by Fulgeance & DJ Scientist.
Music production by Fulgeance except “From Lithuania With Love”, produced by DJ Scientist. Sample selection and co-production by DJ Scientist.
Track 3 - Vocals performed and written by DistantStarr (D. M. Jones)
Track 9 - Vocals performed and written by Blu (J. Barnes) and Open Mike Eagle (M. Eagle)
Mastered by Andreikelos
Artwork by Emile Sacré