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Approved: The Bug

By | Published on Thursday 17 July 2014

The Bug

It’s hard to believe it’s now six years since The Bug, aka producer Kevin Martin, released his ‘London Zoo’ album, which chronicled the darker edges of the capital. Now relocated to Berlin, the long-awaited full-length follow-up, ‘Angels & Devils’, spreads its net wider, pulling in the light and dark of the world in 2014.

Due for release through Ninja Tune on 25 Aug, the first single from the album will be out next week, condensing the themes of the LP down into a double A-side release. On ‘Void’, Grouper’s Liz Harris voices the angelic side, adding abstract vocals to an uncharacteristically restrained, but more than welcome, almost ambient Bug backing. Then we head into more familiar territory, with ‘Function’, as Roll Deep’s Manga raps over heavy beats and distorted brass samples.

There’s something about Kevin Martin’s work as The Bug that feels like it drives straight into your bloodstream, and these new tracks are no different. Listen to both here: