Scuba announces Hotflush 20 Year anniversaryArtist | 29.01.2023
Hotflush Recordings ‘ the label founded by Scuba aka Paul Rose ‘ hits its 20th anniversary in 2023 and will celebrate with a series of mixed compilations, a wide-ranging tour and a fresh collection of originals kicked off by a new collaboration between Scuba and dubstep pioneer Distance, out January 27, 2023.
Born in 2003, Hotflush stands as one of electronic music’s most influential labels. A multi-dimensional imprint that defined the development of bass music throughout the mid-2000’s, in the last decade it would evolve towards the liminal spaces between house, techno, and beyond – a journey which has given the dancefloor some of its true underground classics; from Paul Woolford’s ‘Untitled’ and Dense & Pika’s ‘Colt’, right through to ‘Hyph Mngo’, Joy Orbison’s famous debut that changed the shape of bass music forever.
Along the way, Rose would establish himself as one of the industry’s most astute tastemakers, helping to break the careers of artists including Mount Kimbie, George FitzGerald, Locked Groove, Or:la, Pangaea and Lawrence Hart. Today that deft ear for the fresh and next extends to bubbling talent such as Closet Yi and Anna Kost.
The celebratory mix series charts the history of the label and points to the future, with four compilations that each focus on a different musical angle of Hotflush and include both classic and unreleased material. The first ‘Hotflush Origins’ includes cuts from Benga, Shackleton and Boxcutter; ‘Post whatstep” features tracks by Mount Kimbie, Sigha, Pangaea, Or:la and early works by George FitzGerald; ‘Sidewalk Euphoria’ showcases Paul Woolford, Martyn, Mall Grab and the late great Trevino, while the final mix ‘Concrete Contradictions’ shares productions from Recondite, Agoria, Mind Against, Alan Fitzpatrick and Rose’s own Scuba and SCB aliases.
As part of the 20th anniversary celebrations, Scuba will embark on a series of new collaborations with artists including bass music’s most exciting new artist Nikki Nair, UK funky legend Roska and dubstep pioneer Distance.