Solid Soviet Steel Radio (SSSR) is a special guest mix for Solid Steel by Equinox Records founder, DJ Scientist that solely features music from the former Soviet Union. The dedicated record collector, disc jockey and label owner from Berlin managed to unearth and put together an extensive and fascinating selection of tracks from countries like the Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldavia, Russia and more, resulting in one of the most exciting and unique music adventures you may have heard in a while.
More than that, to make it even more special, this first lesson in a series of other Soviet mixes by DJ Scientist is dedicated to tracks by so-called VIA bands. VIA is an abreviation for Vocal Instrumentalis Ansamblis or Vocal Instrumental Ensemble which was basically the synonym for pop groups in the Soviet communist states throughout the 70s. Many of these groups managed to create their own kind of sound, mixing western styles like Jazz, Funk and Rock with traditional music from their own countries. For example, very unique vocal harmonies can be heard in VIAs such as Iverya (Georgia) or Gaya (Azerbaijan).
The mix starts with a deep and slow psych part, coming up with more funk-laden Soviet grooves and killer instrumental breaks. With some editing and dj-skills applied, the mix becomes a must listen for rare groove aficionados and music lovers alike. Essential listening guaranteed.
Apologies for just using the press release, but it says everything needed and I couldn’t really add to it, other than, this is a fantastic mix, get it now!!!