Diverse third outing for dancehall artist
Kevin Martin’s last outing as The Bug, 2008’s ‘London Zoo’, was an apocalyptic satire about his hometown featuring a plethora of MCs and his trademark brooding dancehall. ‘Angels & Devils’, his third LP, uses dourness to create an album of contrasts. Side A (the ‘Angels’ side) is full of moody trip-hop and collaborations with soulful vocalists Liz Harris of Grouper and Inga Copeland formerly of Hype Williams. On side B however, Martin is on typical form, deploying dirty ragga (‘Fuck You’), grime (‘Function’), and dark hip-hop (‘Fuck A Bitch’ featuring Death Grips). It’s an impressive display, but the contrast between the two sides is so vast they could easily be two different records.