In the hands of lesser mortals, 'Gun Disease’ would have endured a short and incongruous existence as run of the mill dancehall ragga.
Thankfully, The Bug is Kevin Martin, a man with a pedigree far superior to the average beat manipulator; previously responsible for hard electro hip-hoppers Techno Animal and stunning Alec Empire collaboration Curse Of The Golden Vampire.
A complete fascination with red (red artwork, red CD tray, even the playing surface of the disc itself is rouge tinted) lends a scarily bloodstained quality, completed with drive-by vocals from Jamaica’s Cutty Ranks. Not a guy to meet in a dark alleyway, for sure.
The alternate action of ‘Gun Version’ is where it’s at, though. Ranks’ brutal Caribbean raps are battered through a lyrical blender and shat out the other side in nasty whimpering pieces, and the accentuated old skool jungle headrush beats ensure this is less dancehall than dancefloor.
Aphex Twin has seen fit to remix The Bug on his latest AFX single – enough endorsement to render further hyperbole redundant.
10Adam Anonymous's Score