9/10 Ant Staff review, 18 August 2016
The Bug gets busy with two of Grime’s most heavyweight microphone lords on this explosive 12” for Ninja Tune. Now I’m most definitely not an MC - but if I were; the two I would fear most in battle would most likely be D Double E and Riko Dan. Their use of language, flow, lyrics, and delivery is something of a human sonic weapon.
First up The Bug’s sticky, squidgy, acidic riddim squelches along, providing the perfect platform for D Double E’s voicing of ‘Box’. He unleashes a ferocious tirade, laced with venom and disses in good humour in his inimitable style - one that that almost makes the mundane sound profound. He truly has the gift of the gab. If you’re not one for vocals or fancy having a go with your mates spitting over it there’s an instrumental version.
Next up Riko Dan with some “Ice Cold Business” and he ain't joking. ‘Iceman’ has a huge deeply atmospheric sound, steeped in gloomy, smoked out paranoia. I have this cranked up to the maximum on my fairly puny home system and it’s giving me bass orgasms, so I can’t imagine what would happen if I heard this through a proper rig. It would probably explode me and I’d be just body parts leaving the dance on a stretcher. This is the Bug in damn fine form alongside Riko Dan who’s also on fire. What a pairing this two make - ranking alongside some of the Bug’s classic murder business collaborations with Flowdan, Daddy Freddy, Ras Bogle, Warrior Queen etc. Again there’s a useful ‘Version’ on this side but I could listen to Riko Dan chattin’ all day long.
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