The Bug – Fire

Written on 02.09.2021 by Andrijan Apostoloski Bushi

Kevin Martin pushes another apocalyptic LP on Ninja Tune entitled Fire, that seems to have its artillery indefinite, and without any sacrifices on his side of power whatsoever.

Starting with a poem from Roger Robinson and quickly continuing with a powerful ‘end-of-world’ sound with Flowdan on the second track “Pressure”, we know that this will be a serious release to listen, as The Bug himself tells he loves to antagonize and make people feel the music as its necessity, not entertainment.

And if you’re looking for entertainment, this is definitely not the choice anyone would go. The whole release is coated in ragga and dancehall influences mixed heavily with illbient dub and harsh distorted sub basses that has The Bug’s signature all over them.

As London Zoo heavily translated the social situation of the city and the UK at the time, Fire completely translates the world as a big fire ball without any hesitation to discuss topics such as pressure, demons and whatever the fuck we’re feeling since the pandemic started.

No numbers on our website, but this one is a must-listen. It shows influences of UK dubstep with distorted dancehall and illbient like nobody else, transforming harshness and anger into frequencies that only The Bug masters. And the soundscape is an experience of its own that one must be ready to absorb.

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