Midnight In A Perfect World: The Bug

Midnight In A Perfect World
Alex Ruder
photo by Caroline Lessaire

The Bug is one of the many aliases of Kevin Martin, a British musician now based in Brussels who's been a seminal figure in the experimental and electronic music scenes since the early 1990s. With a stacked career discography featuring projects under an assortment of monikers, The Bug has been Martin's best-known outlet since launching the project in the late 1990s to explore a riveting cross-section between dub, dancehall, grime, dubstep, industrial, and other adventurous styles. Following a string of pivotal album releases as The Bug for Ninja Tune Records between 2008 and 2017, Martin emerged late last year with In Blue, his 6th album as The Bug and his first on acclaimed British label Hyperdub Records. True to the project's consistent collaborative spirit, In Blue was created alongside Berlin-based American producer and vocalist Dis Fig and found the two artists creating a style they call "tunnel sound," a foggy and melancholic meltdown of narco-dancehall, zoned soul, and dread-drenched dub.

The Bug's exclusive guest DJ mix for Midnight In A Perfect World is a perfect embodiment of his trademark sound as he seamlessly connects the dots between multiple bass-heavy genres. Along the way, he includes his own unreleased remix of The Clash's "Guns Of Brixton."

Midnight In A Perfect World Intro
Barry Brown Politicians
King Tubby Killa Dub
Hugh Mundell Revolution A Come
Augustus Pablo / King Tubbys Revolution Dub
Barry Brown Ketch A Fire
Scientist / Roots Radics Saved By The Bell
Scientist / Roots Radics Dematerialise
Dennis Brown Promised Land
Aswad Dub Fire
Thom Yorke Harrowdown Hill (The Bug Remix)
Public Image Ltd. Poptones (Old Grey Whistle Test Live Version)
Killing Joke Turn to Red
World Domination Enterprises Asbestos Lead Asbestos (Heavy Pollution Mix)
Portishead Scorn
The Clash Guns of Brixton (The Bug Unreleased Remix feat. The Spaceape)
OBF Injection (feat. Nazamba)
Roots Manuva Witness the Fitness
Roots Manuva Witness Dub
Coki Haunted
Zonal Wrecked
Massive Attack Vs Mad Professor Backwards Sucking (Heat Miser Dub)
African Head Charge Dinosaur's Lament
Porter Ricks Nautical Dub
The Bug Come Version
Willi WIlliams See Mi Yah
Rhythm & Sound See Mi Version
Sir Positive Off
Seefeel Filter Dub


Midnight in a Perfect World, KEXP’s weekly hour-long guest DJ show, airs Fridays at midnight. This multi-genre program features eclectic sets by a rotating cast of international and local DJ’s, each building upon a party vibe to kick off your weekend. Midnight in a Perfect World is made possible with support from New Belgium Brewing.

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