Somebody who is influenced by Crass, Discharge, 23 Skidoo, Killing Joke, Public Image Limited, Joy Division, The Birthday Party, On-U Sound, SunnO))), The Bomb Squad, Kode9, Steely and Clevie and Dave Kelly can’t be that bad can they?
Up now at The Quietus, a freshly brewed interview with the K-Mart.
On ideas for the next Bug album,”….. it’ll be like The Buena Vista Social Club on crack.”
Something to look forward to.
In the meanwhile we’ll have a King Midas remix project and The Bug’s London Zoo in Dub featuring Adrian Sherwood to contend with….life’s shit innit?
News from London:
‘In today’s riots in London a trolley with 18 inch sub & tweeters on the top was pushed into the centre of the Millbank Tower (The Conservative Party’s HQ) playing THE BUG Ft Killa P & Flowdan ‘SKENG’
The Bug’s ‘Infected’ EP hits the shops virtual and real next Monday. Four tracks featuring a heavyweight list of performers, Killa P, FlowDan, Warrior Queen, Autechre, Roots Manuva, Hitomo (King Midas Sound), Justin Broadwick (Techno Animal, Jesu) and Scratch DVA. Heavy enough for ya?
The Bug has a new four tracker coming soon via Ninja Tune. ‘Catch a fire’ features Hitomi of King Midas Sound, takes over the Skeng riddim evoking a dark chapter of London Zoo life with a deft vocal touch. Also on the ep, an Autechre remix and Roots Manuva doing his ting, tuff innit?!
I finally got my mitts around Leila’s album, Blood, Looms and Blooms. It’s all in there, such detail to sound, incredible. It’s like Autechre, DeBussy, Sarte.
Gilles Peterson is back with the next chapter in the Havana Cultura series – a compilation of remixes transporting original Cuban grooves on ‘Gilles Peterson presents Havana Cultura: New Cuba Sound’ to the club domain. Louie Vega, 4hero, MJ Cole, Philippe Cohen-Solal from Gotan Project, Rainer Trueby, Carl Cox, and homegrown Cuban producers Edgaro and Wichy de Vedado all contribute. There’s a lavish 12″ featuring reworks by Michel Cleis and Seiji. Did someone say Seiji?
Kevin (The Bug/’King Midas Sound) Martin hit me on the head with a new Black Chow track. Black Chow is K-Mart and Hitomi, two-thirds of King Midas. Black Chow’s Air will surface on Soul Jazz I believe somewhat soonish. Black Chow has found space to operate between the two aforementioned projects in a manner that goes down well in this neighbourhood.
Also on the ‘air’ tip is Dabrye, and man introduced to me via K-Mart. This time Dabrye gets Doom involved and this track is riding on a Madlib remix. How cool is that?
One other major thing this week, Jneiro Jarel, drops in from Viberia to lay on the Android Love Mayhem EP courtesy of his Label Who imprint.
Rub those mittens.
Ear Conditioning – Transmission 16 / Air Particles – broadcasted via Sunhole dot net tonight at 22h00.
Lawd have mercy! Seriously the pressure within the new 12″ from The Bug on Loefah’s Swamp 81 label is kinda ting you experience when your about 100 meters below sea level, hey zeus christo! And that was just from listening to the mp3 on the Boomkat site. The riddim features Flow Dan controlling tings on one side and Hitomi, (King Midas Sound, Dokkebi-Q) holds the mic pon the other.
If you live in an apartment or flat with thin walls and you can hear your neighbours doing the nasty, this will drown out the sound.
Yes, a great way to start the weekend, and a great way to rinse my head of the tacky ’80’s-themed track I’ve been working on all day. Freshly arrived in the inbox a little while ago…the album from King Midas Sound, the project of Roger Robinson and Kevin Martin.
King Midas Sound mutated from a chance discovery during a collaboration between the two for for Kevin’s other project as ‘The Bug’.
Kevin had employed the skills of Roger as a highly respected poet, but when Roger opened his mouth to sing in a fragile falsetto, everything changed and King Midas Sound was born.
The album can’t be readily compared to Kevin’s previous production work. Although there is a militancy to the beats as always, King Midas Sound is more like the aftermath to the fierce battleground dancehall of the Bug, Roger’s voice is like a paranoid and vulnerable soul resting inside a blanket of bass and heavy vertiginous atmosphere.
As opposed to Roger’s spoken word pronouncements and The Bug’s fierce battleground dancehall, King Midas Sound is more like an opiated aftermath; a sound somewhere between Gregory Issacs and Vincent Gallo, nestled inside an intimate blanket of bass and vertiginous atmosphere.
On three of the album cuts, the duo becomes a trio, as the bittersweet backing vocals of Hitomi (Dokkebi Q) adds a further disorientating swirl around the mix like memories gatecrashing the present.