released July 18, 2005
Vex'd are Bristol and Berlin based duo Jamie and Roly. Initially sharing a love for jungle music, the pair soon developed a thirst for darker edgier sounds: digital graffiti music, however it comes. Emerging last year with the classic 'Pop Pop' (released on Subtext), Vex'd founded a solid reputation for uncompromising music that still manages to shockout genre boundaries.
The tracks featured on their debut album exemplify their talent at working twisted rhythms over panic stricken basslines. 'Gunman' is constructed around a particularly demented bass riff that cuts right through the speakers with energetic charge. 'Smartbomb' is a bone-crunching grime instrumental, packed with industrial brutality. Tough, tough rhythms - exclusive to this sampler. Vex'd reprise their first 2 classic singles on Bristol's Subtext label appearing here in their VIP versions.
Degenerate features 12 tracks of dark electronic dub and industrial rhythms. Influenced Grime and Dubstep as well as the electronic underground scene - Vex'd have a truly unique sound. Their distorted repetitive waves of bass have more in common with early Aphex, bleep & bass or twisted techstep than the rest of the dubstep scene. Their rhythms are constructed with Swiss precision for maximum club impact. But it's not all about the club, there's a dark foreboding atmosphere at work here - possibly the first gothic dubstep album?
The digital format features a special limited edition bonus 6 tracks of Vex'd's first few singles on the Subtext, Planet Mu and Destructive labels.
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