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London Zoo

Bass Dubstep the bug is the main project for kevin martin a producer who over the years has also been behind a diverse range of projects he is part of techno animal ice god all with justin broadrick of godflesh jesu king midas sound razor x productions with the rootsman pressure and ladybug to name a few then there is the running of his pathological records label collaborations with noise jazz outfit 1617 pete 'sonic boom' kember's ear project john zorn kevin shields elp and antipop consortium he has recorded for labels as diverse as virgin rephlex position chrome mille plateaux word sound hyperdub city slang tigerbeat6 grand royal and now ninja tune he has been personally asked to remix thom yorke grace jones einsturzende neubauten and primal scream and has compiled jazz and dub compilations for virgin records the new album 'london zoo' is the fruition of all these activities 'london zoo' is a record that could have only come out of london soundsystem culture but whose appeal spans past any singular city or scene the album was born of three key moments an introduction to the thriving dub step scene of which the bug is very much a pioneer before it carried a name and its key producers via kode 9 where kevin realized there was others on the same sonic trajectory as himself an introduction to warrior queen via his work with wayne lonesome on the razor x productions project and a mary anne hobbs breezeblock session which introduced him to flowdan roll deep and ricky ranking all three of which figure heavily in the end result and live presentation from the opening strains of 'angry' featuring reggae legend tippa irie it's clear that the world has been served notice from the heart of the uk capital a position further strengthened as ricky ranking best known for his work with roots manuva flowdan warrior queen spaceape roger robinson killa p and aya step up to lay waste to the boombastic rhythms put before them eventually culminating in 'judgement' where ricky ranking leaves us with a prophecy so much people are losing their minds because we're living in a serious time i guess it come in like a judgement sign the people have killing on their mind

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