The Bug shares Void (w/ Liz Harris of Grouper) & Function (w/ Manga) from Angels & Devils Album (25/08/14)
Void & Function will be available from all good stores from 17/07/14.
In 2008 Kevin Martin unleashed the psychological sonic warfare that was London Zoo on the world. A record that at the time perfectly encapsulated the state of decay of London and one that arguably marked the end of the first wave of dub-step (in so much as London Zoo was never really easily categorized). One last assault before the sine-wave sweeps of America's version pushed its bastardization into mainstream popularity. It was on London Zoo, that Kevin completely found the voice he'd been working to project for years, from his debut as The Bug "Pressure", Razor X productions, Techno Animal, his Pathological Records imprint, writing for The Wire, curating comps of fringe jazz, dub, and electronics for Virgin Records, and the many other things sitting on his resume.
Having found that voice and put a time(less)-stamp on London, the time has come for the now Berlin based Bug to follow up that statement to the world with his forthcoming full length "Angels & Devils". Having laid waste to earthly domains, where next but to tackle above and below. Like the Bowie/Eno classic 'Low' before it, Angels & Devils will be split into two distinct themes under a single banner. But far from a concept album, Angels & Devils really serves to continue his mission to pull together the fringes of all outsider music into a common voice.
As part of the album presentation, two tracks which simultaneously present the duality and contradiction that Angels & Devils explores are packaged together here. Kicking off with the Liz Harris (of Grouper) voiced Void the tone is set for the heady/heavy dubbed out Angels side of the equation, while the flip-side assault of Function (with Roll Deep's Manga) brings The Bug's grime/ragga bass beat downs back into play as a Devil focus.
Featuring Liz Harris (of Grouper), copeland, Miss Red, Gonjasufi, Flowdan, Manga, Death Grips, and Warrior Queen,Angels & Devils is a battle between utopian and dystopian. Exploring the fringes and the negative space between the two. Both a year zero and a continuation/expanding of what has been touched on before.