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The key to Vegyn's music is that it doesn't take anything - not even its own melancholia - seriously. The 25-year-old south London-based producer describes it himself as a mixture between "sadness and optimism... It's not like happy being sad, but happy to have been sad."
"An artist that pushes diverse sonics in both his solo work and collaborations, Vegyn created an impact on a global level through collaborating with Frank Ocean on his seminal Endless and Blonde projects - a partnership that lives on with Vegyn co-hosting Ocean's Blonded show on Apple's Beats 1 radio station. After releasing a 71-track collection of sketches, samples and loops in the form of Text While Driving If You Want To Meet God! earlier this year, today Vegyn unveils his own jubilant melancholia in its fullest form yet - his debut album - Only Diamonds Cut Diamonds. In his own words, Vegyn describes Only Diamonds Cut Diamonds as a result of "insanely stoned experimentation," keeping the listener consistently on their toes with deft vocal samples, tempo shifts, and key changes. Leaning towards Vegyn's hip-hop influences, the hyperactive record features distinctive appearances from UK artist Jeshi, French rapper Retro X, and US rapper/producer JPEGMAFIA. The album also features Vegyn's own voice for the first time; buried within layers of glistening synth texture, frenetic percussion and swathes of digital euphoria, as with the track "Debold" - the video of which also launches today. Once again directed by Joshua Gordon, the visual follows the same narrative as its predecessors "Blue Verb," "Cowboy ALLSTAR," "Nauseous / Devilish" and "It's Nice To Be Alive," using dance as a representation of the track's underlying emotional atmospheres. This time, the visual focuses on moves from the 90s UK dance music scene, with the visual's protagonist displaying fancy footwork to the track's glistening synth melodies, skittering percussion and spaced-out harmonics.
On the album, Vegyn says: "I like to think of this record as that of a manic laugh. Happy, confused and weirdly disturbing all at the same time. During its formation I had set out to make something that combined together a lot of the juxtaposing feelings I was having at that moment. This record encapsulates a shade of who I am but not all of who I am and I hope for whoever's listening there's some solace or enjoyment found in these experimentations." To celebrate the release of Only Diamonds Cut Diamonds, Vegyn has released a special edition collection of merch items, available at http://plz.world/. Vegyn's debut album is a heady, confused, overjoyed and nervous concoction of extreme emotions; like the audio equivalent of feeling so many things at once that you don't even know how to act. A title that alludes to Vegyn's workaholism, Only Diamonds Cut Diamonds is an introduction proper to a massively imaginative sound that's not quite like anything else in electronic music right now, and to a name that will be around for years to come."