The Bug Vs. Earth – “Snakes Vs. Rats”
Apocalyptic UK grime producer the Bug (aka Kevin Martin) and Olympia ambient metal pioneers Earth (the brainchild of Dylan Carlson) teamed up on an EP called Boa / Cold in 2014, and now they’re releasing a full-length album together. Concrete Desert marks the first new release by either artist since that EP, so I guess they’ve really taken to each other — and why not, considering how ideally their droning, dystopian aesthetics fit together? It’s preceded today by “Snakes Vs. Rats,” an instrumental as ominous and hard-hitting as you’d expect from this duo. Its wide-angle sound is partially the result of Martin forgoing his usual fixation on rhythm in favor of Listen below.
Concrete Desert is out 3/24 on Ninja Tune. It will be packaged with an additional 12″ featuring collaborations with Jesu/Godflesh mastermind Justin Broadrick, appearing here as JK Flesh.