It's been six years since we've seen an LP from Kevin Martin, the UK-based producer known as The Bug. Now the drought is over, as he's announced new album Angels & Devils, his second for Ninja Tune, out August 25. With this news comes two new tracks available to stream, as well as a track list with some very interesting names on it. Previous collaborators such as Flowdan and Warrior Queen will return, but what's most exciting is who Martin's enlisted from across the pond. In addition to tracks with Death Grips and mystic mumbler Gonjasufi, which you can hear below, most surprisingly Liz Harris of ghostly drone project Grouper is featured, although I do remember hearing rumors of them linking up a few years back.
The first track, "Save Me" with Gonjasufi, is unlike anything I've heard from The Bug. It's almost funereal with it's ominous percussion and Gonjasufi's ritualistic moaning. While it's fairly in line with what you'd hear from the Brainfeeder singer, it's a statement from The Bug about the myriad new directions he might take on Angels & Devils. His last album, London Zoo, was an onslaught of filthy, grimy dancehall, which he is an absolute master of, but "Save Me" suggests experimentation and restlessness.
Before you worry that the change could be too drastic, check out "Fuck A Bitch," which combines The Bug's grime mastery with the verbal abuse of Death Grips. The track is an example of two completely separate things that were just made for each other, and is a reminder that no matter how far Kevin Martin reaches for collaborators, he will always be The Bug. Angels & Devils is sure to be one hell of a ride.
'Angels & Devils'
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