The Bug - Fire
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2021 Ratings: #12 / 527
User Score
Based on 96 ratings
2021 Ratings: #385
Liked by 3 people
August 27, 2021 / Release Date
LP / Format
Ninja Tune / Label
Grime, UK Bass, Dubstep / Genres
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This LP is the hardest hitting, pulsating, deep and heavy album of the year.

Everything these scenes have been trying to portray with a guttural and dark sound, have influences of Kevin Martins early work if they have ever heard it. His catalogue spreads so far across the Dub scene, UK Grime scene and industrial revivals of North America and Europe. A true legend in music, so with this LP dropping, it was with precision timing that it has come back with a sink hole of sound.

Roger Robinson ... read more
One of the more 'apocalyptic themed' albums of the pandemic from a relative big hitter; the spoken word conspiracy theorist opener sets the scene and most everything that follows feels like it was written to soundtrack the end of days.

‘Fire’ does sound a lot like previous career peak ‘London Zoo’ only it focuses more on atmosphere and sound design rather than catchiness - which you prefer will come down to that slight difference in approach.

The closing ‘The ... read more
This is my first time encountering the music of The Bug (Kevin Martin) and his latest album Fire makes for a jaw-dropping introduction. Fire leaves a big impression upon its first listen through, with its harsh pounding industrial production that are guided along by various grime and dancehall vocalist (my favorite being rapper Flowdon featured on multiple tracks and Moor Mother’s verse on “Vexed” is unhinged) as they all discuss the harsh realities of their own world and how ... read more
The Bug - Fire
Grime / UK Bass / Dubstep / Hip-Hop
August 27, 2021

8 /10

Favourite tracks :
Pressure (feat. Flowdan)
Bang (feat. Manga Saint Hilare)
Hammer (feat. Flowdan)
High Rise (feat. Manga Saint Hilare)
An exceedingly heavy and dark collection of grime, dubstep and UK bass with dissonant industrial textures. The guests absolutely kill their features and the production feels more suffocated and crushed than ever. If there's any direction I want experimental bass music to take in the coming years, it's the one this album puts forward. Arguably The Bug's best work to date.
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Track List

  1. The Fourth Day (feat. Roger Robinson)
  2. Pressure (feat. Flowdan)
  3. Demon (feat. Irah)
  4. Vexed (feat. Moor Mother)
  5. Clash (feat. Logan)
  6. War (feat. Nazamba)
  7. How bout dat (feat. FFSYTHO)
  8. Bang (feat. Manga Saint Hilare)
  9. Hammer (feat. Flowdan)
  10. Ganja Baby (feat. Daddy Freddy)
  11. Fuck Off (feat. Logan)
  12. Bomb (feat. Flowdan)
  13. High Rise (feat. Manga Saint Hilare)
  14. The Missing (feat. Roger Robinson)
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Added on: June 29, 2021