Got the Bug

Got the Bug

by Bugz in the Attic

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Got the Bug

Got the Bug is a handy package, collecting 12 remixes from West London's Bugz in the Attic -- leaving almost as many out of the equation -- and adding a trio of the group's own productions, along with a bonus disc that provides most of those tracks in the form of a well-executed DJ set. One factor that might be irritating for some is that, in order to squeeze more tracks onto the first disc and make for an easier-to-listen-to-in-one-shot compilation, the crew sawed off a couple minutes from most of the remixes. We're not talking drastic, deal-breaking hatchet jobs, but the extended intros and outros are significant portions -- especially since the tracks were originally formatted for dancefloors. (The vinyl version, however, includes the tracks in full form.) Regardless, it's a strong showcase of one of the best remix teams around. For the past several years, Bugz in the Attic have been the ambassadors of broken beat, spinning relentlessly bright and choppy dancefloor tracks for a considerable range of downtempo, R&B, and house artists. Their ambitious streak is best exemplified by a remake of Gene Harris' "Losalamitoslatinfunklovesong," in which they show off their soul-jazz/fusion chops. Bugz play it rather straight for a couple minutes before reimagining the original as an extended mix, with a spine-tingling vocal arrangement from a trio of female broken beat go-to vocalists wrapped around alternately drifting and tugging strings from Chix With Stix. Despite the complex, fractured nature of the typical Bugz beat, the crew is fully capable of playing within the bounds of contemporary R&B. In fact, if they spent more time writing songs than fielding remix requests, they could -- with a charismatic frontperson or two -- be the U.K. equivalent of Timbaland or the Neptunes. That's not likely to happen, though, since they're not that pop savvy and are perfectly fine with their level of success. Their own "Booty La La," a track from 2004, does bode well for the first production LP. All skipping keyboards, buzzing basslines, and a chorus that evokes prime Brides of Funkenstein, it does happen to show them a little closer to a more pop-oriented style, not terribly unlike Basement Jaxx. The Afronaught mix of an older production, "Waiting," is also thrown in.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/19/2011
Label: Imports
UPC: 5033197291703
catalogNumber: 703602

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bugz in the Attic   Primary Artist
Vincent Henry   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Bruce Purse   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Bass Trumpet
Salaam Remi   Electric Bass,Drums
Leo Bubba Taylor   Drums
Kaidi Tatham   Keyboards
Rob Gallagher   Vocals
Jenni Fujita   Background Vocals
Bembe Segue   Vocals
Valerie Etienne   Vocals
Kebbi Williams   Saxophone
Ede Wright   Guitar
Khari Cabral Simmons   Bass
Matt Lord   Drums
Amy Winehouse   Guitar,Vocals
Beverly Armstrong   Vocals

Technical Credits

Dallas Austin   Producer
Victor Indrizzo   Composer
Jerry Peters   Composer
Salaam Remi   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Nitin Sawhney   Composer,Producer
Joe Skeefe   Composer
Dave Boonshoft   Executive Producer
Rob Gallagher   Lyricist
Macy Gray   Composer,Producer
Dave Way   Producer
Jazzanova   Producer
Rodney +   Composer
Bugz in the Attic   Arranger,Producer,Remixing
Valerie Etienne   Lyricist
Vikter Duplaix   Composer
Marc Mac   Composer
Markus Enochson   Producer
Gaelle Adisson   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Rhian Benson   Composer
Eric Stamile   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Shawn T. Davis   Composer
Amy Winehouse   Composer
Joseph "Amp" Fiddler   Composer
Taio   Composer
Anetria Wright   Composer

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