The Bug
The Bug
Label: Ninja Tune
Genre: Electronic
Online: Artist Website


Kevin Martin, the main man behind a myriad of projects -- related to experimental ambient (EAR), space jazz (God), hip-hop (Ice), and electronic music (Techno Animal) -- founded the Bug in 1996 for Tapping the Conversation, a heavy dub album (based on Francis Ford Coppola's 1974 film The Conversation) recorded for WordSound with ambient-breakbeat maestro DJ Vadim. Five years later, the Bug returned as a mostly Martin project with Pressure, a record that wrecked dancehall conventions and featured vocal toasts from the Rootsman, Daddy Freddy, and Toastie Tailor. Although it didn't seem as if the Bug remained steadily active during the next few years, Martin and the Rootsman teamed (as Razor X Productions) to record a series of pulverizing singles that were eventually compiled for 2006's Killing Sound. The third proper Bug album, London Zoo, surfaced on Ninja Tune in 2008, with Martin serving up typically aggressive dancehall informed by grime and dubstep. The likes of Warrior Queen, Tippa Irie, Spaceape, Ricky Ranking, and Roger Robinson contributed vocals. [AMG John Bush]