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Don’t love that Nazamba has died. His track Vex spoke to the need for universal healthcare. Damn he was good. This is a superb, landmark riddim record that should play in all the boomboxes from suburbia to the high street to the favelas. HTRK & The Bug? Wow.
17 versions of the same beat + an extremely eclectic crew of vocalists as the new Bug album = commercial industry suicide.... 17 versions of the same beat, mutated, modified and sometimes mutilated to suit each guest i invited, to jump this heavyweight rhythm. So if you arent feelin the beat, you may as well jump off from the get go.. And trust, this album is an absolute tribute to the dancehall one riddim albums that endlessly emerge from Jamaica, and in fact hooked me since the mid 90's, as a black wax addict. And this collection purposely contains sixteen different vocalists/Mcs from different musical worlds to see just how extreme the contrasts could be. I always love hearin' how incredible Jamaican mcs individually approach the same riddim completely differently, and how that would keep the beat fresh and maximise the element of surprise...Always seemed a great way of reinventing a rhythm and satisfying my own musical greed and insatiable appetite for next level vocals.
Ironically the 'Absent Riddim' emerged as a rejected remix of a track by a metal band called Absent in Body, for basically not being heavy enough..Lol(Though they subsequently changed their mind after the fact, so i ended up writing an even more deadly beat for them thereafter..!)... But the bare bones of my musical contributions to the Absent Riddim had stuck with me indelibly, so i felt the need to rewrite it and welcome vocals on to its wilfully slow, slithering, dub chassis, and i recently dropped the version as the opener at all my recent Bug shows. When i approached this sick crew of vocalists herein, i emphasised the intention to bypass all the bs factory delays, industry lead up times and passion killing interruptions that have recently resulted in tediously long periods of frustration, waiting to finally drop new releases. I asked/hustled them to move fast so we could release as instantly as possible. And its with LARGE thx to these excellent artists for rising to the challenge to work fast and become honorary members of the bug fam. Much appreciated, really...
Also very importantly, a big shout to my long time collaborator, Siomon Fowler, who provided such great artwork, at such short notice. A highly valued friend and ridiculously talented visual artist. Merci
This album is also dedicated to the memories of Nazamba/Jaimie Branch who both appear within, and who both tragically passed away during the making of this album, and who i miss dearly. Rest in peace.
Big thx to Karl(Regis)/JK Flesh for the enthusiastic feedback, track after track, as my trusted ears, when i was bombarding them mix after mix..lol...Invaluable....
released September 2, 2022
1/ ft. Nazamba - Satan
2/ ft. Justin K Broadrick - Shamed (Godflesh)
3/ ft. Jonnine HTRK - Puppy
4/ ft. Logan - Judgement Time
5/ ft. Dälek - Fractured
6/ ft. Fatboi Sharif - Atomic Canine Training
7/ ft. Roger Robinson(King Midas Sound) - Please, please
8/ ft. YL Hooi - Oceans
9/ ft. Relly (Ree-Vo) - Resistance
10/ ft. Mark Stewart (The Pop Group) - King of the Cage
11/ ft. Jaimie Branch - Your Laws Aint Free
12/ ft. Nosaj (Ex New Kingdom) - Whats That Sound ?
13/ ft. Dis Fig - Too High
14/ ft. Ethan Lee McCarthy (Primitive Man) - Is Death A Dream ?
15/ ft. Nicholas Bullen (Rainbow Grave, Ex Scorn/Napalm Death) - Dead
16/ ft. Moor Mother - Fuck With Me
17/ Absent Riddim Version
Artwork : Simon Fowler
Produced : The Bug / Brussels Zoo Studio
The perfect accompaniment to reading Shirley Jackson's short stories. A creeping unease....granular, twitchy, lengthening moans (or am I 'hearing' things?!?), mournful beauty. Utterly magnificent. jahrigsby