Released just weeks after his debut album on SectionZ, Ohmtrix continues his rich vein of form with a trio of absolute killer grooves on the ever-tasty Bacon Dubs. "No Tears" flips and twists around a dark vocal that sounds like it was taken from Metal Gear Solid. Gnarly, gritty and blessed with an understated breakbeat buried deep in the background, it's both deep and demonic in equal measure. Elsewhere we get jaunty and harmonic with the head-turning "Mammoth" while "Inside My Head" goes straight for the jugular with its slamming half-step and punishing bass plunges. For added value Mesck jumps on board for a sharp and savage take on "Mammoth". All bass bases covered - and more.
If 2013 was the year that classic house made a comeback, it could also be viewed as the time when artists like Scuba drew on this source to drive their own creativity. That's not to suggest that Update - a "story so far" compilation from Scuba's back catalogue aimed at newcomers - is all about Kerri Chandler grooves or Larry Heard's drums. Indeed, tracks like "The Hope" and "Never" see the UK producer head in a decidely commerical direction and on "So You Think You're Special" and "Before" he turns his hand to slowburn ambient pop. But there is an underlying element from yesteryear on Update, be that on the soulful vocals of "Adrenalin" or the sweeping keys and dramatic break down of "You Got Me". 2013 belonged to classic house, but Scuba's ability to adapt was never far behind.