The Bug - Fire
Aug 30, 2021
100
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 has been a frequent feature across the catalogue over the years, with 'Night Steppa' from the LP 'Pressure' being one of my favourite tracks over the early 2000's, he opens and closes the album with incredibly contrasting deliveries. Flowdan blows open the project instantly with one of his best tracks since maybe his last hits under Kevin.

Every feature across this album gives their best performances I have heard individually in a long time. Manga Saint Hilaire has dropped some flawless stuff over the past 12 months, and he gives a 10/10 on both songs.

The rich bass and infinite reverb and delay drenched tracks from start to finish never run sour or prolonged. They're each so perfectly mastered and written, it doesn't slow or dull at any point. Maybe with such a saturated scene right now of industrial and political music with new fans coming in, this is the LP they didn't know they needed.

This is a flawless 10 out of 10 in my opinion, maybe because of the history behind it, but I believe any new ears to kevins work can see the brilliance behind this piece.
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