Vex Ruffin is a self confessed beat master. He’s a signing of the renowned Stones Throw Records and he’s an artist that perfectly highlights the imprints ability to represent the best of progressive music in wide-ranging genres.

Inspired by PIL-era Jonny Rotten and Stone Throw’s very own Madlib, Vex Ruffin explores punk through the lens of hip-hop. With a style described as ‘minimal’, ‘post-punk’ and ‘primitive’ he’s an artist that uses a few basic instruments in uncomplicated ways - including an SP 303 sampler. Vex Ruffin’s production is distinctive and fresh, this complimented by his raw vocal style that has been described by PopMatters as ‘reminiscent of Ian Curtis’.

Vex Ruffin is the only artist to be signed to the legendary Stones Throw imprint off the back of an unsolicited demo, a mailed CD with hand drawn cover art. Since joining the Stones Throw camp he has toured with a three-piece band playing at festivals including SXSW and Coachella. He has released a number of EP’s on the label and 2013 saw the release of his self-titled debut album, a body of work both engaging and forward-thinking.

Vex Ruffin has appeared on RBMA Radio, Boiler Room, NTS Radio... The list goes on. He’s picked up avid support from a whole manner of online publications and I’m certain that amongst his fan base there are a fair few Stone’s Throw hip-hop heads that have been introduced to a genre perhaps not previously on their radar. There’s a buzz around Vex Ruffin and his music and performances absolutely justify the hype.