DJ Kicks: Scuba

Various Artists – DJ Kicks: Scuba (!K7)

DJ Kicks: ScubaAs might be expected, Scuba covers a whole lot of ground in his DJ Kicks mix. So much, in fact, that it could be said to be two or three mixes in one, such is its scope and versatility. The inventive beat making includes Beaumont’s brooding ‘CPX11’, Until Silence’s beautifully moody ‘The Affair’ and the acidic ‘Everybody In The Place’ from Quest, then leads to pumped up highs from Locked Groove (‘Drowning’) and Recloose (‘Tecumseh’) that precede Sex Worker’s twisted cover of ‘Rhythm Of The Night’. References to house, garage and house are many and varied as the tracks zip by, with Scuba’s own ‘M.A.R.S.’ a quickfire example, while a lot of the thrills have a distinctly dark edge to them. The mix ends on a spacious high, having given plenty of adrenalin on its twisted way. Proof that when you talk about a cutting edge, Scuba is a producer and DJ that stands very close to it.

5 out of 5

Reviewed By Ben Hogwood