fabric 90: scuba (CD, £10.25)label: Fabric
London born Scuba aka Paul Rose’s career has been intrinsically linked to Hotflush Recordings, the label he set up in 2003. Coming back full circle to his formative mid-90s days of following Colin Faver and Jeff Mills, Rose’s fabric appearances have evolved over the years from bass music Fridays to the house and techno of Saturday nights. Rose’s ability here to select, sequence and stitch together 42 tracks over 75 minutes is remarkable. Artists as diverse as Pearson Sound and Patrick Cowley, Donato Dozzy and Midland all get called upon but nothing ever gets in the way of a dark, seductive atmosphere. It means that in amongst the bumping lo-fi techno and cavernous bass sounds, there is a palpable sense of being lost in the rave.
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