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Machinedrum Remixes Scuba’s DJ-Kicks Exclusive “M.A.R.S.”

Brooklyn / Berlin producer Machinedrum (who also happens to be 1/2 of Hotflush's Sepalcure) is responsible for one of our favorite records of the year so far, Room(s) on Planet Mu. His remix of Scuba's DJ-Kicks exclusive track "M.A.R.S." exemplifies a lot of what we love about that album: breakneck drum programming, syncopated keyboard stabs, and swirling atmospheric textures. DJ-Kicks is out this week, and we're pretty thrilled with the reviews so far. Scuba- M.A.R.S. (Machinedrum Remix) by !K7 Records

New Addison Groove Track From Scuba’s DJ-Kicks

After setting the UK bass scene on fire with the ubiquitous track "Footcrab" on Loefah's Swamp 81 label, producer Addison Groove has been closely watched by in-the-know fans of forward-thinking electronic music. The new track "An We Drop," excluisve to Hotflush boss Scuba's DJ-Kicks diverges slightly from the overt footwork influence of early releases, but still packs plenty of dancefloor thump. “For me, 'An We Drop' is one of the key tracks [on the mix],” Scuba explains. “It’s a fusion of two things, that urban, UK kind of sound, and something more techno. It sums up what the mix and my music is about.” Addison Groove - An We Drop (Scuba DJ-Kicks Exclusive) by !K7 Records

Hear A New Boddika Track From Scuba’s DJ-Kicks

One half of heralded production outfit Instra:mental, Alex Green's "Boddika" alter ego has been responsible for a growing number of go-to tracks, popping up on mixes from many of the heavyweights of bass music. "Acid Battery," an new track exclusive to Sucba's DJ-Kicks is, as the title suggests, indebted to classic acid house, but sidesteps a retrogressive mind set with a state of the art production aesthetic. Like Scuba's mix itself, the track elegantly straddles the line between techno and bass music, sitting comfortably next to of-the-moment sounds from a host of amazing production talent. Acid Battery by Boddika

SCUBA DJ-KICKS

Scuba DJ-KicksThe one thing that Paul Rose, better known as Scuba, really doesn’t want you to do is to try and pin him down. His roots are in London’s dubstep scene, but he lives in the techno metropolis of Berlin. His music is located at some unspecified point between those two cities – bass heavy, sparse, full of atmosphere and with propulsive rhythms, but above all impossible to define. His label, Hotflush, is one of dubstep’s spiritual homes, with releases by Distance, Benga and Mount Kimbie, but it also has that hard-to-categorize quality Warp had in the ’90s. He is, in a word, a maverick.

No surprise, then, that his DJ-Kicks mix resists pigeon-holing. A mind-bending 32-track journey, it ranges from the doom-laden ambience of “HF029B2” by Sigha, to the stripped down squelches and bleeps of “Acid Battery” by Boddika and the muted keys of Jichael Mackson’s “Gedons.” It’s deep, a set that engages your mind as well as your feet. “It’s loosely based around the last couple of sets I’ve played at my club night, Sub:Stance, at Berghain in Berlin,” explains Rose. “It’s the last set of the night. It’s longer than the other sets. We tend to have lots of people playing for 90 minutes. But the last set is at least three hours or more, so you have more freedom. It’s really varied. You can play more or less anything and people will stay with you. That’s so special. A key thing I’ve been doing in those sets is starting off faster, say 138, and slowing down. It’s really gradual, slowing each tune down a little bit. The idea was to condense that three hour set into an hour. It drops about 12 bpm over the hour, from 136 to 124. Each tune is a little bit slower. I don’t like mixes that jump around, I prefer things to flow.”

“For me, “An We Drop” by Addision Groove is one of the key tracks,” explains Rose. “It’s a fusion of two things, that urban, UK kind of sound, and something more techno. It sums up what the mix and my music is about.” It’s also a DJ Kicks exclusive, alongside “CPX11” by Beaumont, “Let Me In” by Sigha, “Streetwalk” by Jon Convex, “Acid Battery” by Boddika and Scuba’s own “M.A.R.S.”. Rose also points to “The Breakup” by Braille as another pivotal track. The skippety beats, jazzy keys and soulful male vocal are a 2011 update of the garage scene on which he cut his teeth.

TRACKLIST:

01) Sigha – HF029B2
02) Surgeon – The Power of Doubt
03) DBridge – For Tonight
04) Badawi – Lost Highway (Incyde remix)
05) Peverelist – Sun Dance
06) Until Silence – The Affair
07) Addison Groove – An We Drop [EXCLUSIVE]
08) Roska – Leapfrog
09) Trevino – Shorty
10) Beaumont – CPX11 [EXCLUSIVE]
11) Function – Two Ninety One
12) Braille – Breakup
13) Quest – Everybody in the Place
14) Sigha – Let Me In [EXCLUSIVE]
15) George FitzGerald – Shackled
16) Jon Convex – Streetwalk [EXCLUSIVE]
17) Mr Beatnick – Don’t Walk Away From My Love
18) Boddika – Acid Battery [EXCLUSIVE]
19) Marcel Dettmann – Captivate
20) Arkist – Rendez-Vous (SCB edit)
21) Locked Groove – Drowning
22) Recloose – Tecumseh
23) Sigha – Where I Come To Forget
24) Sex Worker – Rhythm of the Night
25) Scuba – M.A.R.S. [EXCLUSIVE]
26) Jichael Mackson – Gedons
27) Rivet – Running S
28) Recondite – Backbone
29) Ludovic Vendi – Mental Bright
30) Rivet – Slant
31) Scuba – Adrenalin
32) Sepalcure – Inside

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Scuba Mixes New DJ-Kicks

Paul Rose, a/k/a Scuba, the mastermind behind the incredibly well curated Hotflush label, has been enlisted to mix the latest in the DJ-Kicks series, due late October of this year. Featuring a healthy helping of exclusives from his camp including new music from Addison Groove & Boddika, the mix treads the line between the UK bass music scene in which Scuba came up, and the techno sounds dominant in his current home of Berlin, creating a new sound in the process. See below for the full tracklist. (tracklist after the jump)