After a decade collaborating under different monikers with artists like Justin Broadrick (Godflesh, Techno Animal), Kevin Shields (My Bloody Valentine), El-P or John Zorn, Kevin Martin released his first album under the name of The Bug in Ninja Tune in 2008, a detonation of dancehall, grime, hip-hop and noise, testimony to the early moments of the London sound-system and dub-step culture. The list of collaborations from then includes Death Grips, Earth, Nine Inch Nails or Grouper, among many others. Live, The Bug’s monstrous dub-noise affects in a corporeal, carnal way, and is crowned with a range of MCs that trace the entire spectrum from freshness to the most unquestionable rudeness.

Born in Israel of Moroccan and Polish parents, the MC and singer Miss Red picked up the microphone at an impromptu DJ session of The Bug in Jaffa. The next day Martin booked a studio in Tel Aviv and Sharon Stern recorded for the first time in a professional studio a track that would be released in Ninja Tune. Stern has become an almost permanent companion of the incendiarie live shows of The Bug, accompanying him on the stages of Sónar, Unsound, ATP, Outook, CTM, and so on. Forged in rhymes in clubs around the world, Stern has published or recorded tracks with Warp, Hi-Fi, Mungos, or his own label Red Label, via Boomkat, and has several references sold out. Her first LP “K.O.”, published on PRESSURE, The Bug’s newly founded label, has instantly generated praises from media such as Quietus, Mojo, Uncut or Observer. A good start for the Queen of futuristic dancehall.

“K.O” review The Quietus | Miss Red interview Fact Mag

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