Vocalist Roger Robinson explains: “We’ve set our sights on where drone melancholy and fuzz blisteringly collide. The sweet voices on Waiting for You have a hint of bitterness now. One journalists who’d seen some of the live material described it as an apocalyptic “My Bloody Valentine in Dub” I think that goes some way to describe what it’s like.” Read more at Fact
New single Aroo / Funny Love will be released next week.
The Bug http://vimeo.com/54491877
It was a top night, the crew that built the sound system worked damn hard, basically worked 24hours straight through. We had 10 columns of speakers arranged in a circular fashion….and to think somebody (Kevin) said “One of my monitors isn’t working!” Well, to be fair, he didn’t say it, he had to shout!
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?
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.
This just hit my inbox, the artwork and music from the forthcoming Dub Heavy – Hearts and Ghosts EP from King Midas Sound (Kevin ‘The Bug” Martin and Roger Robinson) on Hyperdub. Tune into your fav’ radio programs to hear the goods. Everybody from /Rupture, DJ Ripley, Kid Kameleon, Stinky Jim, MAH, will be on this harder than two day old shit.
I’ll def’nutt-ly be dropping a slice from the reverb-drenched EP on this week’s Ear Conditioning program.