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The Bug


Fifth album of dancehall/grime/hip hop from the London-based Kevin Martin

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  1. 9.0 |   PopMatters

    Legendary bass-worshipper, The Bug crafts 14 earth-shaking tracks reflecting the volatility of our current socio-political landscape for his latest album, Fire
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  2. 9.0 |   musicOMH

    A singular, striking piece of work from an artist on top form, this record is not to be missed
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  3. 9.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Career-best stuff
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  4. 8.5 |   The Quietus

    The tracks are packed with apocalyptic rumbles, industrial clankery and sepulchral beats, decorated with inner-city sirens and other smog-ridden reverberations
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  5. 8.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    Reactivating his best-loved persona, Kevin Martin delivers a brutal collection of sound system rattlers that tackle our bleak and enraging times
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  6. 8.0 |   Clash

    A project with literally no skips, ‘Fire’ seems to lay down a marker for his peers – The Bug is back, and the bar has been raised yet again
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  7. 8.0 |   Mojo

    City Pressure, the military-industrial complex, social injustice, ganja and plague/lockdown frustration are soundtracked by city-sized industrial noise and merciless rhythm. Print edition only

  8. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Stylistically promiscuous and consistently inventive, Martin remains a maestro of multiple mutant genres, many of his own making. Print edition only

  9. 8.0 |   Pitchfork

    Drawing inspiration from the abject state of contemporary Britain and nourished by fantasies of righteous violence, the latest album from the UK producer is his heaviest in years
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  10. 8.0 |   The FT

    Kevin Martin’s new album is fuelled by the stress of the pandemic era and recent political turmoil
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  11. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Fire is probably the most menacing and ferocious album that Kevin Martin has ever produced
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  12. 8.0 |   All Music

    Fire is always an appropriate title for his work, and this album especially smolders with burning fervor, even if it's not quite as noisy and bludgeoning as some of his mid-2000s material
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