Poster designed by Anna Gruter
Saturday 17th March 2012
Sub-Culture present: The Bug & Daddy Freddy (Ninja Tune/Rephlex – UK)
Line Up: The Bug & Daddy Freddy, Drunk Monk, Steven Lorenz, dji, ChaCha, Didje, Ubec, George Wyndham + special guests
@ The Shelter – 5 YongFu Lu, Shanghai
For the 3rd Sub-Culture of 2012 we are very excited to present Mr Kevin Martin aka The Bug, along side legendary Jamaican MC – Daddy Freddy!
For some, The Bug is a relatively new name. A producer who, as of late, has been associated with London’s (and now internationally) vibrant Dub Step scene. However for a lot of others, it’s the current state of mutation for rogue producer Kevin Martin. From Techno Animal with Justin Broadwick of Godflesh and Razor X Production with The Rootsman to Pressure and King Midas Sound with Kiki Hitomi and Roger Robinson, Kevin’s discography spans labels as diverse as Rephlex, Ninja Tune, Virgin, Hyperdub and Grand Royal to name but a few.
The Bug first came to be in 1997, when Kevin collaborated with DJ Vadim on ‘Tapping The Conversation’. From 2001-2004 The Bug teamed up with UK dub veteran The Rootsman for a series of singles under the name Razor X Productions, which would frame the template for the first proper Bug full length, 2003’s ‘Pressure’ featuring classic dancehall M.C Daddy Freddy, New Flesh’s Toastie Taylor, along with The Rootsman, Roger Robinson, Paul St. Hilaire (aka. Tikiman), Wayne Lonesome, and more…
‘London Zoo’, the latest Bug album on Ninja Tune, features vocalists such as Warrior Queen, Flowdan, Tippa Irie and Ricky Ranking. London Zoo is a record that, although will be undoubtedly referenced to the dub-step scene, will also redefine and stand on its own as a celebration of the capitals urban cultural clash, uniquely detonating dancehall, grime, hip-hop, and noise onslaughts.
Having remixed Thom Yorke’s “Harrowdown Hill” to great critical acclaim at the Radiohead main-man’s request, Martin has also just completed a bass-bin shaking rework of Grace Jones at the request of the former model. Both of which are the latest additions to the previous list of illustrious mavericks that have sung the praises of The Bug… from Aphex Twin to Massive Attack, Adrian Sherwood to Andy Weatherall, Kid 606 to Jerry Dammers (The Specials), they have all recognized the freak-beat originality of Kevin Martin’s singular progress in bass culture.
Daddy Freddy was born in Kingston, Jamaica and grew up in the city’s Trenchtown district, just minutes away from Coxsone Dodd’s legendary Studio One. One of his neighbors, legendary vocalist Ranking Joe, took Freddy under his wing and taught him the basic skills of performing. His natural skills on the mic quickly gained recognition from Lt Stichie (Natty Dread) and then with Sugar Minott, whose Soundsystem that he performed with quickly founded Freddy’s reputation in Jamaica. His first album, Body Lasher, was released in 1986 and had six top ten hits in Jamaica, including a number one with ‘Joker Lover’ alongside Pinchers.
After a successful tour of the US, Freddy moved to England in 1987 and began collaborating with Asher D, releasing the much sampled ‘Raggamuffin Hip-Hop’, as well as influencing and supporting UK reggae stars such as Top Cat, Tenor Fly and Prento Youth. Dr Dre, Cypress Hill and even Norman Cook have all requested collaberations with Freddy, whilst The Prodigy, Salt N Pepa and KRS One all sampled his unique voice. His fame rose even higher when, in 1989, he broke the world record for ‘Worlds Fastest Rapper’, a record that he smashed 4 times, taking it from 346 to 598 syllables per minute. Over the years, Freddy has worked with many of the very best in the industry, including Sly and Robbie, Michael Prophet, Rootsman, Mungo’s HiFi, Rebel MC and many more.
The Bug and Daddy Freddy are a deadly combination! Their track, Run The Place Red, which featured on The Bug’s ‘Pressure’ album was remixed by none other than Aphex Twin, and with their new collaboration ‘Armagideon’ on The Bug’s new ‘Swarm Riddim’ due for immanent release on Ninja Tune, brace yourself for a serious experience in sound system concussion! Warning – It will be loud, it will be heavy, it will get nasty!