Dirty Bug are the first act we have signed at Coffee Artists from an unsolicited demo, although freshly formed their mix was one of the most exciting slabs of funky house we've ever heard.
Middlesbrough based Dirty Bug are Rayees Rashid (DJ Rice) and Andrew Turner, they formed in 2003 having discovered a mutual enthusiasm and dedication for the underground house music movement. Looking to push their DJ sets into new directions, it seemed that merging and doing the live performance (4 Turntables, 2 CD Decks, 2 Mixers, 2 Efx units) was a natural progression for them and so much more fun!
Trying to steer clear of the popular anthems or the latest hyped tracks; a far too easy and boring option, Dirty Bug instead focus on incorporating established artists with new talent. There is a vast amount of innovative new music more easily available than ever, which brings something truly fresh, exciting, and unique to the table, combined with two decade's worth of vinyl shopping between them in a vast range of styles and you know we're talking about an immense and timeless collection of amazing tunes, offered up in a stunning way.
Dirty Bug is a new project but has already played Ministry, picked up solid praise from IDJ Magazine and been played out on Galaxy FM and bodytonicmusic.com, as individual DJs Rayees and Andrew have played a whole bunch of venues mostly north of Watford Gap; The Gallery at Turnmills, Sugar Shack, Downtime, Mojo's, Rumbah (residency), Beta Lounge (residency), 2 Zero 2, the Cornerhouse, and the Purple Onion (residency) in Middlesbrough, Culture, Dusted, and Hide in Yarm, Magik in Edinburgh, The Mela Festival Leeds and Leicester, Cream in Newcastle, Moby Grape in Stockton, and The Cornerhouse, Time & Time, and Bar Paris in Hartlepool (all residencies), at various times lining up alongside Roger Sanchez, Norman Jay, Judge Jules, and DJ Disciple.
They're planning to put all this experience to some production use in the near future as well, with several tracks already in the bag and more getting planned, influences include Llorca, Horace Andy, Manu Dibango, Brett Johnson, Swirl People, Miguel Migs, and Parliament.
"If this isn’t the best reader mixtape of 2004 we’ll gladly pack up our bags and go work for Needlecraft Monthly. The way in which DJ Rice and Andrew Turner create a sheer wall of sound with four decks, two CD decks, two mixers and two FX units is awesome. Someone please give these boys a residency!"