Ivan Tchijevsky - Smile Brothers
(MP3 Podcast on www.ParisDJs.com) 2010-03-14
The life of hip-hop in the USSR era started with the rise of street breakdancing and festivals which took place all over the country. The first wave came around 1985 but the information on the movement and music was really rare, and the ones which were available became the platform for imitation. A lot of the upcoming breakdance crews slowly started to reform in to hip-hop collectives and the b-boys started to put toghether their own rap bands.
This mix represents the hip-hop band, creators of which just happened to be the first wave of b-boys in the USSR. The members roots come from the 80s hip-hop. Member Skalya was a b-boy in Stop and Tetraider crews which later became Bad Balance. While other member was breakdancing in crew like Black and White (which was quite popular on tours and videoclips under the name Blanche & Noir, which took place in France) and Malchishnik. Later on, the guys formed a rap band named DETSO in the mid 90s.
Consequently, the band was called Smile brothers and got quite popular with their videoclips and concerts being heavily rotated on MTV Russia (The image ad Bzzz on MTV, soundtracks for films: Don't even think, Sex and the city), and also had some releases: 1997 – DETSO I'm here, Kolya, 2000 – Smile brothers Julia loves, 2001 – Smile brothers Funkpositive, 2004 – Smile brothers Here is not there and also the internet release of Smile brothers – The Best (Remastered 2008). These days, the band is finishing recording their 6th album Old School and is working on its own antiart movie named The zombies here are wild.
The Given compositions were released on labels: Krem Records, Stil Records, CD Land, Real Records, Souz and Mamapapa.
05. Stebovo (feat. L. Zosimova)
06. Coral beads (feat. Dj Groove and M. Odjo)
Selected, mixed and designed by Ivan Tchijevsky