#HeavyRotation – Vex Ruffin “Emilio”

Available now on Stones Throw Records.

Buy the digital album on the website. Stream on Spotify and Apple Music.

Via Stones Throw – Emilio is named after the grandfather Vex lost when he was just a kid. Family is ever-present in Filipino culture — so it should be no surprise that relationships with loved ones are a central theme in Vex’s music.

The repetitive, mantra-like vocals on this EP focus on messages of simplicity, balance, understanding and making the most of one’s limited time. These themes are apparent on single ‘Do it Right’, “Not only do you have to do it right, but you have to put in the work. Be free and don’t settle, it’s all about the power of the mind.” Much like his earlier work, Emilio finds Vex singing over raw loops he handpicked himself. But this time melodies are light, tinged with laidback AOR or island vibes. You’ll hear a subtler, gentler touch on this project that might surprise you.

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