• Vex'd - Degenerate

    Reviewed by The Wire, Sept. 05 (The Wire)

    <b> Vex'd </b> - Degenerate

    Rounding of Planet Mu's trio of current releases, we have Vex'd, exerting some dancefloor pressure in the form of Grimey beats and ruffneck samples of the old school, sorry, skool. Now, as Steven Stapleton once so memorably put it, "I don't dance, my hat would fall off," so perhaps it's unfair to pass judgement on 'Degenerate' without assessing its jigginess factor, but from my supine position on the listening room chaise-longue the album strikes me as a decidedly drab affair. "Lion" is the easy highlight, its taut, snapping beats, monstrously bloated basslines and richteously timestreached Lion-of-Judah interjections providing both thrills and chills. Elsewhere, try as I might to get caught up in its post-hardcore rush, it just isn't happening. I'm waving my hands in the air, but I just don't care. And now my hat's fallen off.

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