With only a small handful of releases to his name previously, Paul Rose aka Scuba stepped up in 2008 with a somewhat slept-on masterwork of an album, A Mutual Antipathy. The remix packages (of which there are now four) have been serving to convert any late comers to the Scuba appreciation group, with outstanding re-rubs by Surgeon, Martyn, Vex’d and Substance already available.
For the most recent addition of remixes, the shoe-gazing half step of “From Within” gets an overhaul by Marcel Dettmann, with the Berghain resident cooling things down to a late night icy treat. The kicks suck back upon themselves with a frosty dryness evaporating the fourth of every bar, the eventuating snares are elongated to drawn out snowy scuffs whilst a cryogenic bowling ball knocks over liquid nitrogen-suspended pins. A cool synth breathes through the track like a polar breeze and completes what is an absolutely stellar remix, if not exactly peak time dance floor material. Scuba himself re-edits “Hard Boiled” from a sparse dubstep thinker into a two-faced dub techno burner. What starts off as a fairly characteristic track of its genre with its soft ducking bass and ethereal chords adopts much grittier tendencies as it develops. A distorted refrain of sorts creeps in that is reminiscent of Regis’ newer productions as Kalon or other Sandwell District gears while the bass line takes on some acidic qualities. Both are devastating remixes to add to the faultless interpretations of one of 2008’s must-have albums.