Vex'd on 2005
"This year, off the back of our album release, we were lucky enough to play abroad a few times. Every time we played out, we were blown away by how closely people abroad are following this music. They’re downloading every Rinse set they can find, hunting down every Wiley record released, they're more on top of developments than some London producers."
"Overseas, promoters, producers and fans are showing a personal attachment and heartfelt commitment equal to anybody here - from the Megatron & The B.I.G. crew in San Fran, Shadetek & Maxximus in Berlin to Joe Nice in Baltimore."
"We're all so used to defining this music in terms of London, specific London boroughs even. But for me, it's bigger than that now. Maybe it's because we just don’t see how much is happening outside this city, maybe even, quietly, we lack the confidence to believe it. This scene is so much bigger than we think it is. That's been the main realisation for me this year."
Vex’d top 10 sounds for 2005
Slew Dem “Grime ft D Double”
Trim & Scratch “Trim & Scratch”
Skream “Request Line”
Wiley “Colder Remix”
Burial "South London Borroughs EP"
Kode9, DJ set @ FWD>> October
B.I.G. Crew, Superheroes & Supervillains, San Francisco, October
Digital Mystikz with Skepta & crew, FWD>>, April
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