Monday, September 22, 2008

The Bug - London Zoo

It would be easy to label "London Zoo" as just the next step in dubstep evolution, with this genre blending itself with many external influences like dancehall or ragga, to create new exciting universes. But let's not forget that Kevin Martin, the man behind this project, has been around for more than a decade, while this itself is already his third album as The Bug. With that in mind, it's still clear that "London Zoo" is the synthesis of many things that have been happening in London's nightscape for the last few years. And like M.I.A., Spank Rock or Diplo, The Bug's strongest asset is to absorb the atmosphere of our times and create something that abolishes all frontiers, while still having a strong individual identity that guides the listener around and adds a special unique touch. And "London Zoo" is no easy-listening indeed: soundtracking fear and oppression in an almost aggressive way, this music is so claustrophobic, frantic and dense, that you shouldn't be surprised to reach the end gasping for air. Not for the faint-hearted. (9/10)

The Bug - Skeng (feat. Killa P and Flowdan) (video)

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