“At the time, I just wanted to do something different,” says Paul Rose—aka Scuba—explaining his move away from dark UK bass music and toward techno and house. “Very early on in the dubstep thing—I guess just as it was becoming popular, actually—I didn’t want to do it anymore, which from a career perspective was probably a bad idea. But you’ve got to do what you feel like, I guess.”
Rose’s first two records—A Mutual Antipathy (2008) and Triangulation (2010)—were both classic exercises in English gloom. But to the puzzlement of many long-time fans, he followed these up with a string of dancy, tech-infused releases, culminating in the aptly titled Personality LP (2012). (more…)
Over the last 30 years, electronic dance music has undergone a rollercoaster ride of fads, styles and trends. As the ‘80s transitioned into the ‘90s, the drugged-out sounds of acid house gave way to the brash grooves of big beat, which in turn succumbed to the antinomy of French house and intelligent dance music (IDM). More recently, the electronic music scene has been dominated by the exaggerated bass rumblings of dubstep, Southern hip hop and trap.
Formed way back in 1989, the London-based Plaid is almost as old as electronic dance music itself. Yet the duo—composed of Andy Turner and Ed Handley—has somehow avoided the pull of the genre’s fluctuating fashions. Largely indifferent to the shifting scene around them, they have spent the last twenty-five years consistently producing music that’s as melodically infectious as it is intellectually demanding. (more…)