The Bug on 2005
"Apocalyptic acceleration, as personal stress, family death and global terror reigns supreme. The war of rich vs poor approaches ever faster as the ecological meltdown continues. The population of the UK continually chooses to ignore imminent police state enforcement with id cards, imprisonment without charge bills, satellite surveillance and blatant governmental lies..."
"The disappointment of dancehall's infuriatingly slow start to the year and the conservative retreat to one drop nostalgia, guitar music's retro fixation, the lack of lyrical anti words across all categories. and the critical diaspora's retreat to ambience, indie mundanity and lo-fi folk as safe havens."
"A staple diet of grime dvds, Jamaican pre-release 7", chunky kit kats, Ethiopian Jazz and bassbin burials at DMZ/FWD>> keeps me sane.(Big up the Loefah/Mala tag team, Tubby's UKG onslaught @ FWD>>, Roots Manuva's charity event in Brixton, Ricky Rankin at Westbourne Park Studios and Vincent Gallo's Chet Baker like drift @ Koko)."
"Siren, Vietnam, Concubine and Assault Rifle bashment rhythms. Ghislain Poirier mash ups, John Eden Mixtapes, the Hyperdub label (Burial's amazing 12"), Scientist-produced Jah Guidance reissues, Basic Replay's essential reissue campaign. Catching up on Jammys back catalogue. Finally rockin' 2,000 people in Toulouse proving Bug sounds needn't hitch up to ghetto dwelling genres, audience preconceptions, media hype nor noise free safety zones. The birth of Ladybug."
The Bug's top riddims for 2005
Damien Marley "Welcome To Jamrock"
Legendary KO "George Bush Doesn't Like Black People"
Kode 9 Vs Space Ape "Kingstown"
Amerie "1 Thing"
Ricky Rankin "Can't Trick I"
Slew Dem Productions "Grime"
Jammer "Murkle Man"
Missy Elliot "On and On"
All DMZ releases
Rhythm & Sound "See Mi Yah"