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.
Sunday Morning Medicine is a feature from Dancing Astronaut dedicated to the mellower side of electronic music. We bring you our favorite therapeutic selections — old and new — in an attempt to alleviate the agonizing effects of a long weekend of partying.
This week starts off with some sensual deep house from Close, Scuba, and Maya Jane Coles, before diving into indie dance with remixes from Passion Pit, Sterling Silver, and Funk Leblanc.
Here’s a taste — if you like what you hear, click past the break for the rest of this week’s SMM.
1. Whether it’s 10pm or 10am, you can never go wrong with Close’s “Beam Me Up.” With help from vocalist Charlene Soraia and Hotflush label boss Scuba, Saul and friends crafted one of the sexiest dance tracks of 2013.
Despite the abrupt news early on that Lee Burridge’s scheduled Day 3 All Day I Dream stage was canceled (for reasons unknown), the final day of Wavefront version 2.0, gave Chicago fans plenty to write home about.
Back onboard after a brief spell of silence for the label, Paul Woolford returns to Scuba’s Hotflush imprint to follow-up Denise & Pika’s “Move Your Body Right” with an undeniable summer showstopper. Never one to drop his form amidst the summer clubbing season, this key laden summer anthem is further indicative of the simplistic yet irreplaceable charm that Woolford has breathed over European house music from the outset of his career. Sweeping across a deep yet melodically refined canvas of sharp melodic leads and infectious grooves, “Untitled” makes up for its lazy name with yet another injection of purebred floor fuel from a man who continues to epitomize everything that is right about modern house music. (more…)
Hotflush Recordings chief Scuba compiled a one-hour long mix in advance of his appearance at the International Music Summit in Ibiza featuring a slew of goodies from the likes of George FitzGerald, Eats Everything, Mano Le Tough and countless others. The segment weaves through the pastures of banging techno and mellow house, but meshes flawlessly with perfect rhythm. Scuba has been lauded for both his DJ and production abilities over his lengthy career, and this mix further testifies his dexterity at blending appealing underground music for the masses.
Presenting us with the hottest in new music from around the globe, Pete Tong showered us in delicacies last night during his weekly BBC Radio 1 dance music marathon. Kicking the show off with the world premiere of Kaskade’s autonomously sung and produced new single “Atmosphere,” moving on into Sander van Doorn’s electrifying “Neon,” and the bouncy, big room Hardwell remix of Krewella’s “Alive,” followed by other progressive anthems.
Pete’s coveted “Essential New Tune” went to none other than ex-SHM member Axwell for the remode his new single “Centre of The Universe,” replacing Francesco Rossi’s enigmatic tune “Paper Aeroplane” from last week. Daft Punk continued the discussion with Tong in Part 2 of their Coachella interview while immersing in new tracks off RAM “Giorgio By Moroder,” “Loose Yourself to Dance” and “Instant Crush.”
London-based techno producer Scuba ran through his picks for week’s “Goodie Goodies” including Locked Groove’s “Do It Anyway” and favorite tune of the year Dusky’s “Vanishing Point,” while house legend Kerri Chandler was knighted into Tong’s “Hall of Fame” while explaining the compelling story behind “Bar A Thym.” Tong pins Blond:ish as his future star, ending of with a hot mix from Israeli tech-house sensation Guy Gerber.
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.
Scuba‘s “Beam Me Up” collaboration with (the formerly anonymous) Will Saul/Close alias is a fantastic track on its own, but George Fitzgerald‘s remix converts it from a slow-grinding track heavy on the atmosphere to a jumping house groover. Fitzgerald not only alters the structure of the song but also reworks Charlene Soraia’s vocals in just the right way. Close’s full debut LP is set for a release date in June, but this remix is out now on !K7 Records.
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.
Electronic music wunderkind George FitzGerland makes his return to Scuba’s Hotflush imprint for the first time in over a year with “Thinking of You.” The track was premiered on his Essential Mix during the Future Stars series, and features a dark and repetitive drum sequence over a tasteful vocal segment. The song is crafted immaculately — adding to FitzGerald’s clout as one of the most promising producers of recent time. If you haven’t familiarized yourself with him yet, now is the time to do so.