Posts Tagged 'Hotflush'

Review: Scuba – Triangulation

Label: Hotflush
Catalog#: HFCD003


01. Descent
02. Latch
03. Three Sided Shape
04. Minerals
05. On Deck
06. Before
07. Tracers
08. You Got Me
09. So You Think You´re Special
10. Heavy Machinery
11. Glance
12. Lights Out

Stronger than ever, Paul Rose (Scuba, SCB) releases his third album under the Scuba name. It’s not just an output that feels fresh and encapsulating, but at the same time it displays a state of electronic music that hasn’t been depicted in this way before.

It would be unfair to say that every album fails to do so, but it’s hard finding another album release that delivers such a clear picture in what direction the artist is heading. What seems to be a common ground for the tracks on ‘Triangulation’ though, is that the music continues within the same atmosphere, but in a way that isn’t so distinct that it gets futile. The sense of Scuba writing down his own special sound for the future is weighing heavy over this said atmosphere, as well as the absence of references for his sound, the timelessness is inspirational.

With variations over the course of the album, this sound comes to its strongest side with the tracks ‘On Deck’ and ‘Tracers’ – the reminisces of a Playstation dominant past gets blurred with a strict vision on where Scuba’s music is going – with these tracks, this album lifts itself into a new and unexpected sense that is very welcomed.

‘Triangulation’ is released on 22 March 2010.

My favorite tracks:


On Deck

Three Sided Shape

Review: Joy Orbison – Hyph Mngo

Label: Hotflush Recordings
Catalog#: HFT 009


A: Hyph Mngo

B: Wet Look

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After Braiden played ‘Hyph Mngo’ at COLONY the same time I was there, I was really close to ask him “which track was that”.

A track that did not only felt great that night, but also felt like a new context in an old pattern, taking the anthem aspects of tracks such as ‘Nesrib’ by SIS or similar releases and putting them into the UK funky and dubstep current state. One question that might come up is if it has the longetivity of more subtle tracks that focus less on elements surrounding the beat structure, or if it will remain while those said subtle tracks will be forgotten. Nonetheless, a track of this caliber is always unexpected; it’s always appreciated.

‘Hyph Mngo’ feels like a really great house track, one of those that every time it comes on, you can’t stand or sit still – a definition of a classic. I won’t be surprised if it gets played by almost everyone that “dares” to shift up to British tempo, on the other hand, the international emotional content of the track makes it suitable for almost any venue or situation.

The focus shifts through the duration of the track; the energy is maintained throughout, but goes from melody to melody and getting acompanied by the chopped up vocal. The beat structure keeps the funk intact, being held up by traditional deep and heavy bass breaking through the 4/4 bars.

A track that will probably stand out for the rest of the year, if not for even longer.

With the anthem potential of the A-side, ‘Wet Look’ on the B-side cools things off in an excellent way. Fitting perfectly to the records atmosphere, Joy Orbison pushes the beat advancements even further by shifting the focus from a distinct bassline and precise melodies to more complex rhythms. The melody goes from one to the next, being maintained by stabbing yet reduced sounds that fills in the vocal in an excellent way. ‘Wet Look’ feels even more current than ‘Hyph Mngo’, which is both daring and at the same time exciting.

Review: Scuba – From Within / Hard Boiled (Remixes)

Label: Hotflush
Catalog#: HFRMX005


A: From Within – Marcel Dettmann Remix

B: Hard Boiled – SCB Edit

Rating: 4/5

The last installment in the remix series from Scuba, high anticipation and expection. I’ve been thriving the remix releases and they are all so good.

This part of the series is the least dubstep influenced of the three with a remix from Marcel Dettmann and a alias from Scuba. Keeping things straight forward and putting the subtle changes in focus, this defines one of the many roots to techno-dubstep.

Starting off with Dettmann’s remix which turns out to be just excellent. He threw out most of the elements in the original and reduced it into a core of powerful techno, letting only slight changes progress in the track and focusing on the smallest essences. Together with a haunting atmospheric pad and subtle bleeps the beat is delivered perfectly.

SCB, a new alias from Scuba, takes ‘Hard Boiled’ into a different direction and morphing it into a more forward groove. This track has an entierly different vision from the original which takes the track into a different direction. This release is made for the Funktion 1 soundsystem and both Dettmann and Scuba seem to have this in mind when making the remixes.

Very nice release, you can get it here.

Review: Scuba – The Upside / Twitch (Remixes)

Label: Hotflush
Catalog#: HFRMX004


A: The Upside – Martyn’s Down Mix

B: Twitch – Jamie Vex’d Remix

Rating: 3/5

The second installment of the remix series from ‘A Mutual Antipathy’ is here! This time Martyn from the 3024 label and Jamie Vex’d from… eh, “former group” of Vex’d have done the remixes on the slower and calmer tracks from the album.

The original version of ‘The Upside’ sounds a bit like a dubbed out Phil Collins track from the 80’s. Martyn redefines the entire structure of the original and places the elements from it into a post half-stepXtechno hybrid which does not only bring forward the melancholy of the original (hence the ‘Down’ in the track name, eh?), but gives it the space it deserves rather than making the track slower (as Scuba did with his original). The original version has it’s charms in the honest emotions Scuba clearly put into it, making Martyn’s remix great in an entierly different way – which to prefer is actually based on mood of the moment here.

Jamie Vex’d has made an really great effort here – a crazy wobbly drunken dubstepped out broken track, which at first seems a bit stupid. After the second listen you get to know it a bit better and realize that it’s really, really good. In contrast to the original they sound like two completely different tracks, which is good news for me since I had a hard time appreciating the original on the album.

This release ships on friday. You can buy it here.