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The Bug - Poison Dart (2 versions)

The Bug - Poison Dart
The Bug - Poison Dart (2 versions)
(12") Ninja Tune ZEN12202/ZEN12202X, 2007-11-26/2007-11-27

ZEN12202 12" Tracklisting :
A1. Poison Dart (Original Mix)
B1. Poison Dart (South Rakkas Crew Remix)
B2. Poison Dart (DJ Baku Mega Mix)

ZEN12202X 12" Tracklisting :
A1. Poison Dart (Skream Remix)
B1. Poison Dart (Stereotyp Remix)
B2. Stampin' ft. Flowdan

2 versions will be released as 12" in november and will also be available for download in december.

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Promo CD Artwork :
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Release info :
- ‘Poison Dart’ is the 3rd single from The Bug’s (a.k.a. Kevin Martin) forthcoming album on Ninja Tune, following big singles ‘Jah War’ and ‘Skeng’
- The Bug teams up with the fierce Warrior Queen, a longtime collaborator whom he introduced to UK audiences with Aktion Pak on Aphex Twin's Rephlex records, after connecting with her via Razor X MC Wayne Lonesome
- Just fresh from remixing Ghislain Poirier and Thom Yorke (at Yorke's request, who happens to be a well-publicised fan), the man has received much praise from such varied mavericks as Massive Attack, Aphex Twin, Kid 606, Andy Weatherall, and Pole, to name just a few
- ‘Poison Dart’ video forthcoming with director Volts Pictures, who was responsible for the visual mindfuckery for Sunship ft. Warrior Queen ‘Almighty Father’
- Remixers include South Rakkas Crew (Florida electro-dancehall killers who have worked with heavyweights Beenie Man and Capleton among many others, and who just dropped an EP on Diplo’s Mad Decent label), Skream (Dubstep's highest profile DJ/producer from the Tempa label), DJ Baku (Japanese mutant turntablist who, alongside DJ Kentaro, is spearheading Japanese deck-freaking skills), and Stereotyp (Viennese future shock dancehall producer who has recorded albums for G-Stone and Klein, and works regularly with Al-Haca)
- 12” #2 includes 'Stampin' which features The Bug's ongoing lyrical partner Roll Deep mic assassin Flowdan getting totally homicidal on the ‘Poison’ riddim. Both worked together on 'Jah War' and 'Skeng' singles
- Kevin Martin has released music on such veritable electronic music labels such as Rephlex, Tigerbeat6, Planet Mu, WordSound, Fat Cat, Klein, Shockout, Ladybug, Matador, Mute, Novamute, EMI, PIAS, Soul Jazz, Real World and, of course, Ninja Tune.

It is a low-end assassination on your psyche, painting the landscape of a dystopian future. And it takes no mess. ‘Poison Dart’ is a monster of a tune from The Bug, and the third single from the forthcoming album on Ninja Tune. Low-end layers are stacked thick with snaky bass lines, pulling tight on your eardrums on some boa constrictor-type nastiness. Riding out the sonic shockwave is the nervousness of post-millennial tension. Long-time Bug collaborator Warrior Queen handily slays the riddim with sketches on why and how idiot bwoys need to step off and let a woman take care of the boast. ‘Poison Dart’ is currently one of the biggest dubplate bombs on the Dubstep scene, generating maximum rotation from Skream, Loefah and Kode 9. For the true effect on your body, get in front of a stacked soundsystem. Next best thing is checking our other bodily reactions via footage taken where ‘Poison Dart’ gets rinsed. Search out ‘Sonar 2007’ and ‘Kode 9’ and watch 7000 people go complete bruk on the fat bassline, providing mass evidence of how dangerous this tune is. Granted, a fat pair of headphones will bring out the visceral power too. Look out for the accompanying apocalyptic video where 'Babylon' meets sci-fi disaster filmmaking, directed by Volts Pictures, the fantastic team responsible for Sunship's amazing video ft Warrior Queen, 'Almighty Father'.

On the remix tip, different undercurrents get teased out good and proper. 12” pt. 1 features dancefloor slayers and radio killers South Rakkas Crew bring their patented electro-dancehall sound to throw some gritty swing in the mix while throwing it deeper into tense territory. Dangerous Japanese turntablist DJ Baku flips Warrior Queen’s vocals and re-edits these with Flowdan’s vocal interpretation for a shattered mega mix double-up. For 12” pt. 2, Dubstep don Skream peels back the frayed nerves on the original version’s synth lines & sub bass and freaks the pacing with chopped-up time shifts for full wobbly effect. Future shock dancehall flavor comes courtesy of Viennese producer Stereotyp, who reworks it with scattered snares and deep thick movement on the low end. Rounding everything out is “Stampin”, where long-time collaborator and Roll Deep founder Flowdan chants down Babylon and gets murderous on the ‘Poison Dart’ riddim for another flip on the tune.


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