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Released: 27.08.21







Holy. Fucking. Shitballs.

This is The Bug distilled, taking his cyborg dread collision of industrial, dancehall, grime, dubstep and the rest and turning it into supercharged bass-bombs to fire at Babylon. The last 18 months have been a pressure cooker and Fire blows the lid off.

Armed with a posse of collaborators – regulars like Flowdan, Manga and Roger Robinson (who bookends the album, closing poem The Missing a Grenfell-mourning heartbreaker that dissolves into waves of static), and new blood like Moor Mother (inevitably, brilliantly), Logan and Nazamba, who brings Prince Far I gravitas to War, a speaker-wrecking beast that would make Mark Iration quake. Flowdan hits hardest as usual, especially on window-rattler Bomb.

This is the sound of anxiety manifesting as low end and it’s HUGE.


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