Hotflush Recordings ringmaster Paul Rose, better known as Scuba, leaps back into the spotlight this month to give “Untitled” a floor-life restoring remodel in the key of his proven underground tendencies. Whilst the lion’s share would have argued that Paul Woolford’s key-laden original needed little-to-no improvement, few could rise to the occasion with more faith in tow than the man behind the label’s 10-year house legacy. Given a punchier backbone and a more full-bodied melodic imposition, Scuba’s remix thickens the plot for the impending winter months without stripping the track of the keys and percussive creaks that made the original such an essential cut for the label. If “Untitled” was one of the summer’s hottest house properties, Scuba’s reimagining proves essential aural collateral to the label’s steady overhaul.
When an artist remixes his own track, it’s always a great opportunity to peer inside the mind of a producer daring enough to explore multiple aural avenues. Scuba, under the guise of his techno-drive SCB alias, has taken a second crack as his ever-popular “Hardbody” from last year. The SCB edit strays away from the original’s ’90s house inhibitions in favor for a rework rich with psychedelic synthesis and booming bass lines.
It’s been two years since we’ve heard anything from Travis Stewart (of Machinedrum with Jimmy Edgar) and Praveen Sharma, but the two are back now as Sepalcure with a new EP on their home label Hotflush. In a world blurred by an overwhelming number of deep house and garage productions these days, it’s always refreshing to listen to something that feels a little different. The lead track off the EP, “Make You,” is just that. Stewart and Sharma build the track around a Whitney Houston sample, and with the help of a grueling sub-bass, a peppering of wood blocks, and time-honored guitar melody they manage to construct an absolutely elegant piece of dance music.
Of all of the events I was scheduled to attend this year, the Hotflush Recordings showcase was one I’d probably been looking forward to the most. I’d been closely following Scuba since Personality and George Fitzgerald since his 2012 Child EP. Already in 2013, the pair have popped up for a killer 70 minute Boiler Room set and George has obliterated the Radio 1 airwaves with his January Essential Mix. This same b2b setup in Miami would fill my giddy fangirl tendencies, but it was also WMC’s worst-kept secret that Adam Beyer would be joining Cirez D as two very special guests of the label.
Paul Rose, known more widely as Berlin-based producer Scuba, has been on a hot streak this year both with the release of his flooring third full length Personality album and more recent “Talk Torque” single on his own Hotflush Recordings. Today he’s back at it again with the release of another one-sided 12″ entitled “Hardbody.” As usual, Radio 1 got the premiere on this several weeks back and this tune, kicks up the drama and drives down the bass line a bit more than some of his other work. No matter what vibe Scuba goes with on his productions, there’s no doubt he’ll deliver a sonically diverse piece of music that’ll keep you guessing every time. Listen below and get yours on Beatport today.