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The Phenix trilogy of releases from Scuba ends here with a final four-track release, and looking back over the series as a whole you might think perhaps the Hotflush boss was using it as a platform to explore his next comprehensive move. The four tracks here work in a subtle narrative arc, commencing with the restrained minimalist sound design of “Silence” before Scuba eases up the tempo across the tracks that close the A-side and open the B-side. “Nineteen Eighty” is dub techno at its most weightless, whilst “Plateau” may prove to be the most melodically enriching Scuba production in some time. The appropriately titled “Fade” brings the curtain down on Phenix in somewhat contemplative mood, leaving the question of where Paul Rose goes next…
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There’s nothing subtle about the work out London-based DJ and all-round man of mystery Rushmore. This third EP – his first for DJ Haus’ Hot Haus imprint – continues in a similar vein to his first two outings for Trax Couture. That means a tough, raw blend of ghetto-tech, revivalist acid house, footwork and sub-bothering bass-house. Choose between the jacking rhythms, thunderous kick drums and Armando-ish rave stabs of “Dance Show” and “Drop Top”, a cracking, in-your-face DJ tool built around footwork style handclaps, warped sub-bass and relentless drum machine cymbals. Neither track is particularly clever, but both are most certainly big.
Always at the top of the pecking order for apocalyptic producer-MC combos, Kode 9 and The Spaceape are back in action once again and sounding as visceral as ever. “Chasing A Beast” suggests a change in stance for the pair, with Kode 9 working a cheekily swaying groove and Spaceape delivering a slightly less baritone, mildly Americanised flow. It’s still as dark as ever, but “Devil Is A Liar” too shows a lighter, more limber approach to the finished product, not so leaden in British urban dread. The minimalism reaches a peak on “Heart” with its slithering smatterings of trap and plush chords, while Spaceape rips the human condition to shreds, and the later into the EP you go the more adventurous the tracks become. It’s a fresh approach that will keep the fans on their toes while proving this is a pair that will never rest on their laurels.