Thursday, 5 January 2012

Personality disorder

So now that 2011 has been sufficiently wrapped up and 2012 is upon us, it is time to start looking forward. That is after all, what this blog is designed to be about: forward thinking. We haven't had to wait long to get some very, very exciting album announcements. Shed as well as Addison Groove are among some of the big names that have already confirmed new full-lengths for 2012. Although in my opinion, the biggest and most exciting announcement came yesterday via RA.

Even though this blog is barely a month old, my preferences are probably well documented. It should be no shock to anyone who has read even one article on this site that Paul Rose, aka Scuba, is a musical hero of mine. Rather than gush about how his productions are both innovative yet timeless, and how his DJ skills are bafflingly phenomenal, I will just say that he has my utmost respect and is probably the best producer/ DJ that is going today. Needless to say, when I found out that he was releasing a new LP, I was quite pleased.

"Personality" will be the title of this, his third album. Apparently the tracks "Loss" and "Adrenalin" were tracks that didn't make the cut. Considering both the style, and overall awesomeness of those two tracks, I think we can assume that this album will not disappoint. According to the RA interview, the album's vibe is supposed to reference club sounds of the late 80's and early 90's. This of course marks a huge departure from "Triangulation", one of the best albums of 2010.

However, I don't see this as a desperate ploy from someone who is witnessing his previous platform slowly yet inevitably sinking into the mire that is pop culture. I instead see this as a bold move from a very capable producer who can craft expert sounds in any genre that he chooses to. Scuba has never been a follower. He has never been content to repeat the sounds that he himself ushered in, no matter how recently. This is what will certainly make "Personality" both an exciting, and compelling listen.

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