Paul Rose has been for the best part of a decade one of the most influential and revered players working within electronic music, rightly regarded as somewhat of a figurehead for an underground scene that keeps one eye firmly on the past as it propels boldly forwards. His label Hotflush Recordings has introduced the world to artists such as Shackleton, Mount Kimbie, Boxcutter, Joy Orbison, Sepalcure, George Fitzgerald, Distance, Locked Groove and Sigha, proving vitally important during both the nascent dubstep scene and its fragmentation at the turn of the decade. Rose’s own productions under the name Scuba have followed a similar path: the dark, cavernous sounds displayed on 2008’s ‘A Mutual Antipathy’ and 2010’s highly acclaimed ‘Triangulation’ have been illuminated by flashes of colour and clarity, as on 2011’s ‘Adrenalin EP’ and his third full-length LP, ‘Personality’, which saw release earlier this year.
As with his studio output, Scuba’s work as a DJ proves tricky to categorise; the mastery of craft exhibited on record is mirrored in his sets, where Rose will often amalgamate a broad array of genres, blending rough-edged techno from his adopted hometown of Berlin with the rushes of warm euphoria more commonly associated with the Balearic islands, all mixed with the deft touch of a seasoned professional. Check out a recent recording of the man in action under his house-leaning SCB alias below:
Staying relevant in a scene that prides itself on continual expansion and innovation for two or three years is no mean feat; to remain at the forefront for nearly ten is nothing short of remarkable. Predictably unpredictable and notoriously outspoken, Scuba is one of the most entertaining and enthralling characters in the world of underground dance music and it is a great pleasure to welcome him back to play dollop at Stealth on December 7th.
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