Boomkat Product Review:
Master-craftsman, Kevin Martin absolutely murders it with his fourth and finest LP as The Bug.
A perennial pest at the outposts of dub, ragga, extreme noise and electronics, The Bug treats his periodic albums as dispatches from the brink, and 'Angels & Devils' is his most captivating of them all. Blessed with, and structured around sterling vocals from some of his favourite artists - Liz Harris (aka Grouper), Gonjasufi, Death Grips, Copeland, Flowdan, Manga, Miss Red, Warrior Queen - plus a collaboration with JK Flesh, it marks a pinnacle of not only his hard-wrought sound design skills, but also his aptitude as the director of a sprawling cast. In the most acute sense, it's like a movie rent in sound, each track framed with detailed mise-en-scene and sequenced in an increasingly choking downward spiral to the depths of his dread headspace. The angels/devils, light/dark, male/female dichotomy plays out beautifully across its 12 tracks, opening with a seductive brace of siren-fronted dub/noise sculptures, contrasting Liz Harris' spectral contribution to 'Void' with Copeland's raspier slither thru 'Fall' and a pair of organ-steeped instrumental scapes before Gonjasufi consecrates the mid-way point of 'Save Me'. From here on it's a descent into the raging pits of hellish ragga/grime fusions found in 'The One', 'Fat Mac' or 'Dirty' with Flowdan, and the sumo-bouncing strength of 'Fxck A Bitch' with Death Grips, not forgetting a stentorian 'Fxxk You' from Warrior Queen. Massive album.