Released w/ the new issue of LA Record
Vex Ruffin – Take It by Stones Throw Records
If you recognize Vex Ruffin’s minimalist stomp jam “Take It,” from anywhere it’s most likely from the HBO show Girls, where the song was used in the opening sequence of the show in an episode from Season One. Now the song is finally available to purchase, in the form of a flexi disc single, released with the new issue of LA Record (avail. to new subscribers to the mag here. The song will also appear on Vex’s next proper LP, due out in early 2013 also via Stones Throw.
More about Vex Ruffin:
On paper Vex Ruffin’s music is simple: an untrained punk musician who uses a few basic instruments in uncomplicated ways, he calls the style ‘minimalist.’ Although it may not seem like it upon first listen, Vex’s music is rooted in sampling and hip hop beat-making culture. The SP 303 sampler provides the drums and other sounds, a purchase inspired by Madlib.
Vex is the first and only artist signed to Stones Throw Records on the strength of an unsolicited demo sent through the mail. Peanut Butter Wolf recalls, “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.”
These days, Vex is playing shows around LA by night and driving a UPS truck in his home of Chino, CA, by day.
09/28 Los Angeles, CA Mount Analog In-store (Flexi release party) *
10/06 Los Angeles, CA Eagle Rock Music Festival – Stones Throw Stage *
* = w/ Peanut Butter Wolf, Stones Throw DJs