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Beatport Chart Report: A Decade of Scuba

by Festival August 10, 2015

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When English producer-DJ Paul Rose began recording as Scuba a full decade ago, two things were markedly different than they are now. One is that his first 12-inch, “Timba / Sleepa,” from September 2005, actually was a 12-inch — even with digital DJing increasingly the norm, dance records were released on vinyl as a matter of course. The other is that it, along with the next few years’ worth of releases on Rose’s Hotflush Recordings, were labeled dubstep.

That’s no longer the case, and it’s due in no small part to both Rose specifically and Hotflush is general. Four years after the imprint began, it released one of the pivotal dance records of the last decade, Joy Orbison’s debut, “Hyph Mngo,” whose quicksilver synth and bass glide and straightened-out beats marked the point where many of dubstep’s early UK producers began leaving that genre to the more rambunctious acts epitomized by Skrillex, in favor of making straight-up house and techno. For a fuller glimpse of Hotflush’s role in that development, turn to the 2011 label compilation Back and 4th, which features tracks by James Blake, George Fitzgerald, Sepalcure, and Mount Kimbie, among others. You can also hear Scuba work out those kinks in more or less real time, his edition of DJ-Kicks, also from 2011.

Today, it seems faintly amazing that a record as smoothly linear as “Hyph Mngo” — or a Scuba recording such as his 2008 album debut, A Mutual Antipathy, which is more “dub” than “step” — were ever considered dubstep in the first place. In any event, Scuba is now comfortably ensconced in the four-to-the-floor world: Eight of the tracks in his current Beatport artist top ten are techno. The other two, both from 2014 — remixes of “Enigma,” by another Hotflush artist, Locked Groove (at #1), and Audion’s “Sky” (on Spectral Sound, #9) — fall under the tech house rubric, though their sharp, snaky grooves are also clearly of a piece with his earlier work.

That’s true as well of the pair of Scuba tracks that currently sit back-to-back on the Beatport Techno top ten: “Glacial,” at #8, and “Black on Black (Len Faki Goes Black Remix)” at #9 (both are also on the Beatport Top 100, at #70 and #74, respectively). “Glacial” is on Life and Death, also home to releases by big-room boomers Ame, Recondite, and Tale of Us, to give you an indication where Scuba’s head—and sound—is at these days.

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