Let it not be said that The Bug doesn’t wring every bit of life out of his productions. Going on 3 years since London Zoo, the riddims on that album are still paying dividends, probably because none of Kevin Martin’s aggro-minded Dubstep followers have been able to surpass the blend of darkness, anger and rudebwoy aggression on display. “Catch a Fire” flips album favorite Skeng and turns it inward, switching Flow Dan’s ragga grime threats for Hitomi’s whispered pleas to “clean the city with burning flames of fire.” Which is kind of redundant if you think about it, but I’ll give her a pass. In any case, the song comes with a spiffy black and white video of kids on housing estates acting up. Not quite “Trap Gone Ham” but somehow even more threatening.
Best enjoyed on “Hangover Sunday.” Expect more Ninja Tune related madness tomorrow.
The Bug – Catch a Fire (128K)