Only Diamonds Cut Diamonds by Vegyn

Vegyn is dance producer Joe Thornally, who, at the age of 23 has worked on the albums Endless and Blonde by Frank Ocean and also worked with Travis Scott. Only Diamonds Cut Diamonds is his first outing as an artist in his own right. Fun and anxious at the same time, Vegyn is destined for big things. Features guest spots from JPEGMAFIA, Retro X & Jeshi.

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Only Diamonds Cut Diamonds by Vegyn
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8/10 Fred MG 07 November 2019

With his debut LP 'Only Diamonds Cut Diamonds', young Londoner Vegyn (Joe Thornalley) continues the good work he’s done both in his previous solo output and collaborations with artists like Frank Ocean and Travis Scott.

This is a welcoming and quietly inventive modern beat-tape, one that has a history of hip-hop instrumentals at its core but isn’t afraid to try its hand at something more adventurous. See how ‘Blue Verb’ hovers between conventional- and double-time, muddying the line between juke and Dirty South even while the keys show the inviting warmth of classic IDM. ‘It’s Nice To Be Alive’ increases the pulse to hip-house territory but doesn’t break the vibe. Both cuts bring to mind a more freewheeling version of Letherette’s MPC jams.

As easy as much of 'Only Diamonds Cut Diamonds' is on the ear, there is an insurgent spirit of invention that sometimes takes hold. JPEGMAFIA brings this out on ‘Nauseous / Devilish’, the sort of fractured anti-hip-hop number that would work on an LP from Peggy himself. Meanwhile that neo-IDM vibe becomes more prominent on sugary moments like ‘Cowboy ALLSTAR’. Mind you, Vegyn never loses control, with ‘Cowboy ALLSTAR’ incorporating dainty melodies and chirpy chord progressions even as beats skitter around the monitors. Those of you who've enjoyed Proc Fiskal's recent work should head to this joint post-haste.



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