Scuba delivers a techno-fueled Essential Mix
Paul Rose is in a very unique position as a DJ. Under the guise of Scuba, he’s led a genre-defying career, storming both the underground and the festival circuit as an in-demand performer. At the helm of Hotflush Recordings, he’s championed some of the UK’s biggest house and techno releases over the last three years. As such, he’s the constant beneficiary of amazing new music from the likes of Paul Woolford, Alan Fitzpatrick, Agoria and more — not to mention his own catalog which now boasts his forth studio album, Claustrophobia.
Ultimately, it’s safe to say Scuba had a lot of new music to select from for his return to the Essential Mix. In the days leading up to the broadcast, he said: “I’ve spent ages planning the mix and collected a ton of brand new tracks for it to the extent that almost everything on there will be unreleased.” A quick glance at the tracklist will verify his claim, with forthcoming releases from Locked Groove, Audion, Boddika, Joy Orbison and many more tucked into the mix.
“This mix is a summation of the kind of sets I’ve most enjoyed playing recently. End of the night slots where I’ve got a lot of space to play around, from a peak time starting point to an almost after hours kind of finish. There’s a point around half way through mix where it’s almost as if the sun is rising and after that point all bets are off, in the same way it happens in real life where you feel like there’s total freedom to play whatever you like. Those are the kind of moments I love as a DJ and this mix captures a bit of that.” Scuba, May 2015.
Scuba’s 2-hour selection starts off in heady territory. If you can imagine Rose taking over the decks at 3am at Cocoon Ibiza or Ministry of Sound, when the room is absolutely bangin’, you get a sense of the energy he brings when he begins. Some of the early standouts include unreleased remixes of his album singles from the likes of Len Faki and Function. As the mix progresses, Scuba drives deeper and deeper, eventually arriving in quite a cerebral space with new contributions from Bicep, Auden, and Tuff City Kids. All in all, it’s a warping, hypnotic, and strangely chaotic journey from the Hotflush boss — everything we love about his brand wrapped up in two hours of exclusive new music.
Listen to Scuba’s BBC Essential mix here.