London Zoo

The Bug - London Zoo
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2008 Ratings: #2 / 779
Year End Rank: #31
User Score
Based on 58 ratings
2008 Ratings: #67
Liked by 3 people
July 7, 2008 / Release Date
LP / Format
Ninja Tune / Label
Dubstep, Dancehall / Genres
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Kevin Martin, under a dozen-or-so aliases and across numerous genres, has been screwing around with deep bass for well over a decade. 1997's Tapping the Conversation-- a concept album conceived as a surrogate soundtrack to Francis Ford Coppola's The Conversation-- was his first release as the Bug, and in retrospect, it sounds like an alternate-universe prototype of dubstep, based on instrumental hip-hop rather than UK garage rhythms. By the time he issued his 2003 follow-up Pressure, he'd already charged headlong into heavy digital ragga, building a repertoire of grimy, distorted beats that mutated dancehall into a glitchy, blown-out commotion.

When it comes to di war
Your face could get scarred and wet up like a perm

That's not my concern

Man I roll with Jah!
London Zoo is like some reggae dancehall electronic music. I haven't really listened to anything like this before and it is definitely entertaining. It's not really my type of music though, but I can see the appeal of it in the electronic scene.
At its best a pirate radio dispatch from Mad Max London, air raid sirens and reams of barbed wire - the spirit of the blitz transposed to late-Blairite Britain.
Sound of the London streets 2008 and on. Merging styles around fantastic ragga heart to great effect. If you want to know what it can feel like in parts of London (the more edgy, hip with a hint of threat parts) this is it.
Judgement is the cherry on the top on this fucking mastepiece.
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Track List

  1. Angry [ft. Tippa Irie]
  2. Murder We [ft. Ricky Ranking]
  3. Skeng [ft. Killa P & Flowdan]
  4. Too Much Pain [ft. Ricky Ranking & Aya]
  5. Insane [ft. Warrior Queen]
  6. Jah War [ft. Flowdan]
  7. Fuckaz [ft. Spaceape]
  8. You & Me [ft. Roger Robinson]
  9. Freak Freak
  10. Warning [ft. Flowdan]
  11. Poison Dart [ft. Warrior Queen]
  12. Judgement [ft. Ricky Ranking]
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