Vex Ruffin is a Filipino-American who is the only person to have gotten a deal on StonesThrowRecords through an unsolicited demo sent through the mail, Peanut Butter Wolf said “It was kind of a fluke that I listened. I just liked the drawing on the cover so I decided to check it out. I called the phone number on the CD and Vex thought I was his friend playing a practical joke.”
Vex Ruffin’s music is pretty out there but could be described as minimalist electro-punk filtered through hip hop beats and sampling, apparently he uses an SP 303 as inspired by listening to Madlib. His first release, Crash Course EP, is dope and he’s got a new one on the way Nov. 12th. Until then, here’s a free download, No Escape-
Lotus is a diverse live band featuring synths, horns, strings and they’ve teamed up with a host of rappers for an anticipated collaboration project. And it’s free. FREE, people (well, you can name your price from 0-trillion).
Features Doodlebug (Digable Planets), Lyrics Born, Mr. Lif, Gift of Gab (Blackalicious), and more. It’s also worthy of noting that Monks was mastered by thee Daddy Kev.
King Krule is a very young, very talented cat coming out of the UK. He’s got a new album coming out pretty soon so I figured a taste of his side project that ventures into lo-fi, left-field hip hop would be in order. Yea. Enjoy the Darkest Shades of Blue.
Stones Throw Records blesses us with a free download of the last installment of JonWayne’s cassette series (the first one even got a cease and desist order from Coca-Cola). Peep it for some quality, eccentric beats and rhymes.
Roofeeo (NinjaSonik/Death Set/Tv On The Radio) is the homie. And he’s here to drop some summer heat on us. Pull up a kiddie pool and an ice chest full of High Life (weed and pizza too), it’s summer beyotches.