The Bug Connects with Moor Mother for the Menacing “Vexed”

The single arrives ahead of Kevin Martin’s new album Fire, dropping this Friday via Ninja Tune.

This Friday, Kevin Martin is releasing a new album—his first in seven years—as The Bug. Titled Fire, the album was fueled by this burning garbage can of a world. Martin revealed of the album that it “emerges from some basic questions—the world is a fucking mess and what do you do about that? Go with the flow? Challenge it? Challenge yourself? I can only move forward, and that’s what you can hear on ‘Fire.'” But before we hear the project in full, The Bug has shared a new single featuring Moor Mother called “Vexed.”

“I had worked/toured with Camae a.k.a. Moor Mother on the Zonal album Wrecked, and we subsequently toured some The Bug feat. Moor Mother shows together,” Martin said. “We found we had a shared taste for musical pyromania, verbal intensity, and dropping mindbombs. (That and both being rabid hip-hop headz with an encyclopedic knowledge of its history, and particular love of Mobb Deep/Wu tang etc…) When I asked Cam if she would use the platform to unleash her frustrations, she replied, all guns blazing, with ‘Vexed.’” Moor Mother added: “Anytime I work with The Bug I am always thinking of the live performance aspect. So I wanted to do something I knew would go over really well in a live setting.”

Listen to the menacing track below.


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