Kevin ‘The Bug’ Martin gets into his compilation suite for the first time in ages, as he and Soul Jazz mainman Stuart Baker present Invasion of the Mysteron Killer Sounds in 3-D. It boasts contributions from Roots Manuva, Harmonic 313, Steely and Clevie, Diplo, South Rakkas Crew, King Tubby and a whole heap more. You know if it’s a Soul Jazz comp’ it’s worth checking. Whenever I’m in London, Kevin and I always rendezvous at Soul Jazz’s record shop, making sure to save a few pennies for cakes later.
How did Invasion come about?
Stuart Baker: “From Soul Jazz’s point of view – I wanted to make an album of dancehall digital B-sides which to me always sound like a mix of experimental digital music from the present (even though some are 20 years old). I wanted people to hear them alongisde current sounds and realise the connection. To relate the music to science-fiction (as opposed to, say, reggae) by making a cartoon seemed a way of being seen in a different way. When Kevin asked if he could help it made a lot of sense to me and he was instrumental in bringing the new artists into the release which made the idea very strong to me.”
It’s far from your first foray into compilations Kevin – were you itching to get back at it?
Kevin Martian: “You know, when I put the compilations together for Virgin, I felt it was part of a propaganda war [laughs] a way to turn people onto music that’s maverick, rare, neglected or shunned. Primarily it’s about helping people discover sounds/styles that may seem alien at first, and hopefully they will discover the same sense of revelation that I did… At the moment there is so much music out there, and so much choice, if I can help in a curatorial sense, to popularise dancehall, fantastic.”
Full interview at Fact Magazine