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Scuba A Mutual Antipathy

It’ll be more difficult to define dubstep if Paul Rose keeps releasing records like this, creating a very healthy situation for a genre that’s already victim to numerous copycat crimes. As Scuba, Rose is one of the genre’s lead beat-smiths, but he breaks free even further from dubstep’s stereotypes on Antipathy. Like the best dub rhythms, there is a sublime patience amid his clangor; throughout the album, Rose places a loose breathing space between each smacked-down beat, and his gray-skied synth chords recall the digital tundra of Amber-era Autechre. Unfortunately, some tracks are too short on ideas and resemble sketches that await unauthorized remixes from bedroom studio producers. Still, Antipathy points dubstep in a fertile direction.

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