While maintaining a steady flow of continuous work, Scuba’s Paul Rose has seemingly incorporated many projects under his commanding arm. A product of the UK, Rose is now based in Berlin where he continues to traverse down a linear path of growing projects. With every new argument about what dubstep is or isn’t, Rose has released albums to noticeably impressive results with every passing turn. His latest release under the Scuba moniker, Personality, attempts to combine the ‘cold’ and metallic feel of electronic music into something much more relative and ‘real.’
With Triangulation Rose captured sounds that combined chilling beats with vocal samples and jittery drums for a successful release. That album featured a collective session of sounds that employed a cohesive and distinct drive; the electronic music Rose created was still genuinely crafted and nonetheless, a towering achievement. On Personality Rose changes the scheme fractions apart with more of the same successful balance with prevailing overtones. A song like “Dsy Chn” supports the ambient atmosphere that carries throughout, but fleshing out timely beats and patterns, the song flows perfectly into “July” and its bubbly percussion. With synths that convey the techno side behind Scuba’s music, Rose allows the songs to flow within each other by way of carefully-placed transitions. There’s a strong ear for melody and a terrific depiction of the sunny summer month.
Although Personality might have you believe that actual singing or even a guitar would be picked up, it’s a subtle depiction Rose is going for with songs that accomplish a lot with tender touches. On “Action” Rose finds a way to channel his inner Burial with lonely vocal samples that are paired with a longing synth line. The melting of the soft beats and the samples make for a fantastic release. There’s a hint of personality sprinkled throughout; the point here is that any kind of music rendered by a human would portray a live feel, electronic or not. While on “Gekko” Rose flashes a different vibe with more metallic landscapes and a menacing bass line. The thunderous pulse is a common theme, each song envelops a constant drive.
For production values, Scuba celebrates a diverse set of styles that compliment the songs’ independent feels. On the closing song, “If U Want,” Rose commands an 80s-influenced layering of patterns and vocal samples onto a slowly burning line of attack. Though most songs contain an atmosphere vibe, or even added samples for a timeless tilt, the closer shakes through a piano roll and repetitive drum stamps. If anything, Rose modifies all entities for sounds that come out sounding assured and relaxed. Electronic music is still up for debate surely; Scuba makes sure the argument talks stay open.