The Bug draws out the first splinter from his newly minted imprint PRESSURE with a truly astonishing head to head session with Burial as Flame 1. These two tracks of raw, bass bin destruction are set to overload your senses and soundsystem with their thick as smoke textures and punishing basslines.
While recent 12s have seen The Bug focusing his direction toward the terror riddim grime stylings of Box/Iceman with D Double E and Riko Dan and Bad/Get Out The Way with Flowdan, Irah & Killa P for Ninja Tune. The debut drop on his freshly founded PRESSURE imprint sees The Bug shedding the vocalists in favour of a split production role with both Hyperdub and quite possibly underground electronic music as we know it's most mysterious artist, Burial.
On the A-side, 'Fog' rolls in with a half tempo steppers vibe that mirrors the finest moments from The Bug's Angels & Devils and London Zoo albums, yet hits a perfect moment of balance with Burial's hollowed out and haunted 2-step night land visions. While the B-side features the submerged dread of 'Shrine' walking us further into the falling rain, while the last glimpse of light is swallowed up by the chokehold of their crunching, bone-dry drum beat.
Flame 1 really is an incredible collaboration that sees both The Bug and Burial bringing out the greatest elements of each other's respective sounds, it's not very often collaborations of this magnitude work so precisely and perfectly, yet on PRESSURE, each artist has sparked to life a serpent that we really hope will recoil itself again onto another thick slab of wax, as dark as the atmospherics its soundscape conjures up.