In this Interview Edition of the Slang Tang podcast series, I talk to Kevin Martin – aka ‘The Bug‘ – the ragga, dubstep and electronic producer whose new album ‘London Zoo’ was recently released through Ninja Tune.
The Bug has been releasing dark, deep and often brutally-heavy beats for well over ten years, but ‘London Zoo’ is only his second, full-length solo record and his first in five years. In this podcast, he talks about the intensity of life in London, how his early work foreshadowed the birth of dubstep, and about working with some of England and Jamaica’s finest MCs – such as Warrior Queen, Tippa Irie, Ricky Ranking and Spaceape. Underneath the interview, there’s a special re-edit of the album, cut together by dubstep producer and Hyperdub label boss, Kode 9.
Originally released August 2008.