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  • Audio CD (25 April 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Republic of Music
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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1. Ignition Key
2. Underbelly
3. The Hope
4. Dsy Chn
5. July
6. Action
7. Cognitive Dissonance
8. Gekko
10. Tulips
11. If U Want

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Scuba is the production and DJ alias of the celebrated and influential Paul Rose, curator of Hotflush Recordings, a label, which having released some of the most important tracks of the formative period of dubstep, has grown into a leading player in the wider world of electronic music. Earlier this year Scuba released the Adrenalin EP, which illustrated how his sound has mutated into previously unexplored areas. Alongside Adrenalin , Scuba s contribution to K7! s DJ Kicks series has made notable appearances on several "Best of 2011" lists. Scuba s third album on Hotflush, Personality , features 11 brand new tracks, taking in a wealth of genres across contemporary dance music, proving once again Scuba s place at the cutting edge of the electronic music scene. Personality will be Album of the Month in Mixmag Feb 2012.

BBC Review

Any album that starts with a monologue decrying a lack of individuality in modern music could justifiably be accused of setting itself up for a fall. The music contained within Hotflush boss Scuba's third album largely manages to transcend its grumpy opening, though it's an oddly downbeat way to begin. It's doubly amusing (perhaps intentionally so) when, after its confrontational first few seconds, it becomes evident that Personality is Paul Rose's least moody record to date. Where his debut and its follow-up, 2010's largely excellent Triangulation, were rendered in stark greyscale, here he lets in sumptuous bursts of melody that light up the darkness around them in sharp relief.

Thankfully, though, they're rarely bright enough to obscure the more appealing aspects of Rose's music. Having started out making dubstep at a time when the term still meant deep, bruising music for brain and body, he’s always been most interesting at his most subtle. So even as Personality focuses on big-room, big-crowd dynamics more than any of his previous works, its finest moments arrive when Rose drops his guard and allows things to unfold at their own pace. Action begins life as dub-techno, pillowy chords anchored fast by huge, booming kick drums; halfway through, a slight shift in energy morphs the track into hefty, robotic electro-funk. Dissonance revisits the pared-back Autonomic style of drum'n'bass he first began exploring with 2009’s Aesaunic EP, drenching a metallic jungle break in lovely, languid synth drones.

Elsewhere, Personality finds Scuba's music finally shifting into a region hinted at for some time: cavernous club music. It sometimes lacks the focus of his straight-up techno material (released as SCB), and his direct melding of UK and European structures occasionally produces rhythms leaning uncomfortably towards straight-up breakbeat. First single The Hope is one such offender, and its smutty spoken-word mantra is a little unsettling; but tracks like July and If U Want represent some of his sharpest club music to date. In contrast to the claustrophobic pressure of early Scuba, the expansive nature of many of Personality’s tracks could easily risk sounding overblown in smaller clubs – but perhaps that's an inevitable side effect of his DJing in larger venues these days. Still, as a standalone listen this is an interesting development of the stylistic restlessness that's driven Rose's progress so far.

--Rory Gibb

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Nov. 2012
Format: Audio CD
'Personality' is Berlin-based British composer/producer/DJ Paul Rose's
third album under the Scuba moniker. The portentous verbal introduction
and moody industrial pulse and clattering gives us very little hint of
what is to follow. I was preparing myself for another journey to the
dark side of electronica when the funky techno beats of 'Ignition Key'
burst out of the speakers; its soulful vocal decorations weaving in and
of of an increasingly addictive arrangement. OK, the machines are swishing
and swooshing and stuttering but at heart Mr Rose would seem to want us
to dance. There's a humane and often Big Fun side to these eleven pieces
even when occasional grey sonic clouds threaten to close in and interrupt
the party. It's intelligent, musically adept and well-constructed stuff.

The massive bump and grind of 'The Hope'; the beguiling ebb and flow of
'July' with its eighties-tinged synth bass (I was almost expecting Phil
Oakey to chime in at any moment!); 'Cognitive Dissonance', with its spooky
ghost-ridden sonic landscape made up of shivering chords and shuffling
percussion and the more delicate melodic decorations of 'Tulips' make for
a richly varied listening and gyratory experience but it is the energetic
four-to-the floor shenanigans of final track 'If U Want It' which takes the
biscuit with its simple but intoxicating invitation to throw yourself about!

Mr Rose clearly knows what he's up to. My hairy paws have had full workout!

Highly Recommended.
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I've heard many a track from Paul rose via mixes in cd and radio. Although expensive it's a great album. Some say he's retro sounding but his minimal prog style is really good.
As said in title he's sashas fave track producer of the moment. Recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Not bad, Scuba moves further into complex dubtech 17 Mar. 2012
By Eric Slyter - Published on
Scuba's work has always been a bit dark, precise in the rhythms, conscious of overall atmosphere. This album see's a shift further towards a style of dub-tech that also draws on dub-house, psytrance, drum and bass, and even synthpop in some places. This is probably a really good show live and probably sounds good on huge speakers. Alas, I only have headphones.
Great album 14 May 2013
By Xcommish - Published on
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For all you lovers of electro/techno - this album is done right with great beats and spot on vocals. Scuba's tunes have a real heart.
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