The Bug

The Bug is the principal outlet for Kevin Martin, the shape-shifting producer with an unrivalled reputation for his punishing live shows and a heavyweight catalogue of projects/collaborations including Techno Animal, King Midas Sound, Razor X Productions, and - most recently – Miss Red, ZONAL and The Bug vs Earth.


The Bug's signature apocalyptic dancehall production style was forged at in London at the start of the millennium via collaborations with UK dub veteran The Rootsman and MCs including Daddy Freddy, Toastie Taylor and Paul St Hillaire, and through his involvement in the nascent dub step scene, resulting in key releases on Razor X, Hyperdub and Rephlex around this time.

These connections became the starting point for seminal album London Zoo (Ninja Tune, 2008), featuring vocalists Warrior Queen and Flowdan, which channelled London sound-system culture and multi-cultural meltdown to create a unique detonation of dancehall, grime, hip-hop, and noise.

'It's angry and ferocious, but always triumphant: When it threatens to bust out your windows and rip holes in your speakers, it crackles with the kind of force that makes you want to punch the air as hard as your subwoofers do' - Pitchfork on London Zoo

This was followed by his ongoing series of Acid Ragga singles and the epic utopian/dystopian concept album Angels & Devils (Ninja Tune, 2014) that married bass-driven psychological assault with widescreen, zoned-out ambience and featured collaborations with Death Grips, Grouper, copeland and Miss Red alongside stalwarts Warrior Queen and Flowdan.

'A bass weight masterpiece, done nastier, colder and with more style than anyone else in the genre by a country mile' - Crack Magazine on Angels & Devils

Today The Bug continues to mutate and push his sound into unchartered territories via his Pressure label (with releases including key collaborator Miss Red’s debut LP War, a collaboration with Burial entitled Flame 1, and a debut for Japanese noise terrorists G36 among others) and his Pressure nights across the world which pledge to deliver 'Dub - Dancehall - Grime – Dirt'.

On stage he remains a force to be reckoned with, whether calling on an arsenal of MCs including Miss Red, Flowdan, Riko Dan, Lady Chann and Manga to bring the noise, as a 7” selector, or with his increasingly deep instrumental club sets that join the dots between mutant strains of dancehall, acid ragga and grime.


John Stevens


Worldwide excl. N America

Other Projects

The Bug vs Earth
King Midas Sound
Kevin Richard Martin