The Bug Returns with First New Album in Seven Years

Hear "Clash" from the upcoming 'Fire'

BY Brock ThiessenPublished Jun 29, 2021

At long last, Kevin Martin is returning as the Bug. On August 27, he will release his first solo album from his long-running project in seven years.

The record is called simply Fire, and it will arrive via Ninja Tune. The album will mark the third instalment in Martin's "incendiary urban triptych," following 2008's London Zoo and 2014's Angels & Devils.

Fire finds Martin working with a pile of guests, including Moor Mother, Flowdan, Logan, Nazamba, Manga Saint Hilare and more.

For an idea what's in store, the Bug has shared the album track "Clash," which features Logan. You can hear the track below, where you can also check out the detailed tracklist.

Of Fire, the Bug shared the following statement:

I've always been addicted to the physicality and intensity of sound: I started the Bug because I wanted to make music for a soundsystem I had in storage, and the live experience of Bug has always been something I wanted to reflect on record — I'm always looking for fuel to the fire and live shows — and MISSING live shows in lockdown was a real impetus. I'm always asking — how can I ramp this up MORE? How can I get people more out of control? For me a live show should be unforgettable, should alter your DNA, or scar you for life in a good way — that's always been my goal, to set up shows that are unforgettable. I like friction, chaos, fanning the flames with sound, and this album is the most reflective of the live show in terms of intensity and the sheer fuck-off attitude of those shows. "WHAT the FUCK?" is the reaction I want — insane is a good reaction especially at a time when there's so much control in how people consume music and are pacified culturally.


1. The Fourth Day (ft. Roger Robinson)

2. Pressure (ft. Flowdan)

3. Demon (ft. Irah)

4. Vexed (ft. Moor Mother)

5. Clash (ft. feat. Logan)

6. War (ft. Nazamba)

7. How bout dat (ft. FFSYTHO)

8. Bang (ft. Manga Saint Hilare)

9. Hammer (ft. Flowdan)

10. Ganja Baby (ft. Daddy Freddy)

11. Fuck Off (ft. Logan)

12. Bomb (ft. Flowdan)

13. High Rise (ft. Manga Saint Hilare)

14. The Missing (ft. Roger Robinson)

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