Kuedo is the new name for Jamie Vexd, one half of the duo Vex’d, one of the most legendary dubstep groups whose 2005 album “Degenerate” re-wrote the rulebook and was one of the founding documents in establishing the dubstep sound out of 2-step & uk garage, by bringing industrial, techstep, breaks and grime influences to the fore. Like Vex’d’s work, the music on this EP is for keeps. It takes a while to immerse yourself and find your feet, but as soon as it falls into place, you know you’ll come back to listen to it time and time again.
Lead track ‘Starfox’ has a construction of rhythmically abstract beats giving the track a lurching bounce, while synthesizers play a game of call and response amongst layers of abstract computer game noise, which barely conceal the lush melodies at the track’s core. ‘Shutter Light Girl’ is a short track that rivals Burial’s beatless instrumentals for the ability to paint imaginary scenarios in a listener’s head. On the B-side, ‘Joy Construction’ takes stumbling drums, a jagged sampled chord of female voice, tweaked synths and rolling bleeps through a see-sawing melody. Then the EP finishes with the charming ‘Glow’ which pits 2-step beats that sound like they are struggling through mud, against a spiky melodic bassline, marimba and airy female vocals.
02 Shutter Light Girl
03 Joy Construction