PRESSURE 7/10 Debut album from israeli dancehall destroyer
Sharon Stern got her break when she hopped on the mic during a set by The Bug in her native Tel Aviv and impressed Kevin Martin to such a degree that he invited her back to London to join the Bug family. It’s easy to see why they get along. Stern – the daughter of Israeli Moroccan and Polish parents – invests her ragga flow with a fierce, vengeful energy that finds its foil in Martin’s gritty, industrial electronics. “Shock Out” and “Money Machine” are straightforward exercises in the sort of hellfire dancehall The Bug does so well, but there’s a restraint here too, best seen in the haunted, heartbroken “War”.