SUB:STANCE in Retrograde
02 November 2018 / Hotflush Recordings
- 01 Scuba - Rolling Hitch
- 02 Scuba - Ants
- 03 Scuba - Gyroscope
- 04 Scuba - Buzzsaw
- 05 Scuba - Karakter
- 06 Scuba - Cloves
- 07 Scuba - Lay
- 08 Scuba - Cepheid
- 09 Scuba - Weberwiese
- 10 Scuba - Entrospect
Hotflush are proud to present a ten-track album of previously unheard music produced by Scuba during the early part of the five-year run of his legendary SUB:STANCE party at Berghain. SUB:STANCE in Retrograde will be released November 3.
After moving from London to Berlin in 2007, Scuba embarked on a journey of cross-pollination, merging his influences to reflect both cities. This manifested itself in both his own productions and the curation of the SUB:STANCE parties at Berghain from July 2008, which brought debuts at the legendary venue from an impressive and diverse roster of artists, including James Blake, Mala, Gilles Peterson, and Mount Kimbie. SUB:STANCE opened the Berlin institution up to a new set of aesthetics over its five-year run, sparking a conversation between UK artists and Germany's most vibrant music centre.
SUB:STANCE opened the door for a unity of sounds, which is ultimately reflected in this collection of original tracks. The party eventually spread further afield, with a residency in New York and showcases held around the world, before coming to a considered end with a final party at Berghain and Panorama Bar in July 2013, exactly five years after the first edition.
On SUB:STANCE in Retrograde, Scuba cultivates the sonic aesthetic established in the UK in the incubative period of dubstep, whilst incorporating the fruits of an exploration of textures, drum patterns and acoustics. Produced during the sessions for both his A Mutual Antipathy a nd Triangulation albums, familiar dub tropes of slowly decaying echoes and floating pads are offset with industrial synth leads, intense percussion, and cavernous space. Carefully fusing elements from the multi-layered UK scene with the singular aesthetic of Berlin, he provides a space for disparate elements to cohabit in a way that highlights their respective strengths.
Consisting entirely of unreleased music which has spent almost a decade on undisturbed hard drives, SUB:STANCE in Retrograde reflects a period of growth for Scuba, documenting an exchange of ideas that continues to unfold to this day.
Original artwork by Michael Sayles.
‘It's ten years since the first SUB:STANCE party, so that got me thinking about it. I was then trawling through a load of old hard drives from back around then and was surprised at how much good music there was that I hadn't heard in years. Finished tracks as well, not just ideas. So it made sense to bring those two things together.’
More releases by this artist
23 November 2018
19 October 2018 Hotflush Recordings
03 August 2015 Life and Death
22 July 2013 SUB:STANCE
19 March 2013 Hotflush Recordings
23 July 2012 Hotflush Recordings
27 February 2012 Hotflush Recordings
06 February 2012 Hotflush Recordings
26 September 2011 Hotflush Recordings
04 April 2011 Hotflush Recordings
31 January 2011 Exit Records
25 December 2010
15 November 2010 Hotflush Recordings
08 November 2010 Ostgut Ton
27 September 2010 Hotflush Recordings
22 March 2010 Hotflush Recordings
25 January 2010 Ostgut Ton