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Just yesterday we posted the full stream of his upcoming album “Personality” and now we can present you with the stunning BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix from Hotflush label founder Scuba. His mix features a wide array of exclusive new material from his highly influential label, including tracks from Boddika and Guy Andrews.

DOWNLOAD: BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix: Scuba, 2012-02-25 (Zippyshare)

Tracklist after the jump.

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Hitting the ground running in 2012, this year has already seen Joy Orbison’s Boddika-collaborating “Swims” get a release on Swamp 81, only to (predictably) sell out due to the frothing hype that’s been building over the last 12+ months. It was also recently announced that Peter O’Grady is starting up a new sub-imprint on Honest Jon’s called Hinge Finger – and although there’s not much to the label’s name other than this trackless hour of house that Joy O pumped out, it’s still a promising start.

Apparently not happy with being only fourteen billion times more productive than the rest of us, Joy O will be releasing a new EP with Instra:mental’s Boddika at the end of February comprised of two already heavily rinsed tracks by the two – the dark, “something’s rattling in the back of my volvo” minimal thump of “Mercy” and the also very thumpy vocally thrush landscape of “Froth”. Stream them both below, and try to ignore all the soundcloud comments.

Boddika & Joy Orbison – Mercy by Boddika

Boddika & Joy Orbison – Froth by Boddika

Being heralded as the face of an international movement must be kinda tough. Such is the perilous-but-also-probably-effing-awesome position that Michael Cox, known to many more as MikeQ finds himself in.

Increasingly being dubbed reigning king of the HA, soundtrack to the international vogue / ballroom / house scene by such folks as Vanity Fair and XLR8R, MikeQ’s debut release on Fade To Mind is another landmark in a year that’s held many.

Fresh off tearing up Tokyo alongside Koppi Mizrahi, (who’s hugely responsible for the emergence of the scene in Japan) and a relentlessly powerful Mixpak FM 90 minute vogue mix filled with track names like “10,000 Screaming Faggots” and “Gurk That Shit”, the Fade To Mind release can be seen as an introduction of sorts to ballroom beats, featuring collaborations with legends Jay Karan and Vjuan Allure, and remixes by rising young stars of the Jersey Club scene Nadus and DJ Sliink.

But vogue’s reputation for primarily soundtracking clubs where queer, transgendered folks of all ethnicities went to dance brings up lots of issues about representation, and more personally, fears about the vogue sound being co-opted without recognition or support for the scene that birthed it.

This year saw Boddika and Joy O sampling Robbie Tronco’s “Walk For Me” into the much sought after “Swims”, but not before Tronco threatened them with a lawsuit for unauthorized sampling. Because this release is still listed as forthcoming on Swamp81, it appears this has been resolved, but the original implication was that Tronco did not take kindly to his source material being reworked.

Also gaining popularity is a selection of what’s been dubbed by some as ‘hetero-HA’- music that takes on the vogue vernacular without giving any other part of the gendered or social environment surrounding the creation of the scene much thought.

So to clarify, maybe it’s not MikeQ who’s in a perilous position, but dance music’s relationship with mining scenes for their authenticity and then repeating the idea in progessively less interesting rehashes. I’m not suggesting that MikeQ invented vogue, but of course, neither did Madonna.

Anyway, even if you think the social/political/sexual politics behind genres is fucking boring, all you really need to hear is the infectious scat improvisation of Kevin JZ Prodigy on “Feels Like” to understand why this is hot. Further showcasing the energy behind the music, this video of MikeQ and Kevin JZ Prodigy live at the Fade To Mind LA release party is just madness.

Below, “NuCunt” stretches out Kevin’s vocal words into a splice-and-dice snare workout that’s sure to work some reverberating magic on pansexual dancefloors ‘cross the nation.

Most important tho – The new MikeQ EP is out on Fade To Mind NOW on iTunes. GRAB IT!

DJ MikeQ, “NuCunt” by The FADER

Scuba and his Hotflush label have, since 2003, had experimentation and genre-collision etched into the very structures of everything they do. Putting out key tunes by the core pioneers of dubstep, but also by true outliers like Mount Kimbie, Joy Orbison and Sepalcure, Hotflush has a consistence in diversity: multiple sounds united by true craftsmanship and high-tech expression of complex emotion.

And now, Hotflush is releasing 

BACK AND 4TH on April 4th, a compilation featuring productions from Roska, FaltyDL as well as a collection of essentials from Hotflush’s catalogue with tracks and remixes from James Blake, Untold, Pangaea, 2562 and more.

Free to share with you is the aptly titled “Warehouse” by Boddika, which captures the mood and feel of a gigantic metallic room pounding with percussion and buzzing synth saws. It’s one of the more menacing cuts off the album, but still packs enough punch to get a warehouse of people flush and sweating.

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All the way from Japan, we give you a Mixin’ It Up from the great DJ P.O.L Style who fires off a beast of a mix.

“Originally from Glasgow, I’ve been living out in Tokyo for the last 7 years where I run Numbers Tokyo and a new monthly night called Laguna Bass with my friends. This year I took some time-out from producing, to concentrate more on mixing and developing my own style as a DJ – The P.O.L.Style….LOL!!! I’m looking forward to getting back on the grind as far as production is concerned in 2011 though. Last year I started a booking agency here in Japan called Clear, setting up mini-tours and helping artists rolling through the city find gigs. Holler if you’re ever in the Tokyo area or come by one of my shows in NYC / Philly later this month!!”

For this mix, I started by picking out a bunch of tunes I’m feelin’ just now + a bunch of tunes from various genres / times in my life that I thought would work. After that, it was all about the blenderzz – looping up parts in Serato and making sure that each transition was tonally correct and added a new dimension to both tunes in the mix. For me, the best mixes are the ones that leave such a strong impression, that whenever I hear one of the tunes played somewhere else, I’m surprised to realize that certain parts weren’t in the track originally and it was just all part of the blend. Hopefully this mix will leave that sort of impression on someone, somewhere.”

DJ Schedule:

12/15 – 10% Disco @ ELEVEN, Tokyo
12/16 – Raw Luv @ LUV, Seoul

12/22 – P.O.L. B2B Nargiz – Blam City @ Medusa Lounge, Philly
12/26 – P.O.L. B2B Nargiz – Rad Summer @ The M Room, Philly
12/27 – Mad Decent Mondays @ Fluid, Philly
12/28 – Rando @ Gallery Bar, NYC
12/29 – Player’s Club @ Pianos, NYC
12/30 – Math + Science Show on 89.1FM WNYU

DJ P.O.L Style – Discobelle Mix, December 2010 (ge.tt)

1. Cooly G – Up in My Head

I love the intro to this tune, but it’s one of those fade in ones so I never usually get to play it cuz it’s difficult to play in the club. That’s why I decided to use it as the first track on the mix. The bassdrums in this tune are sick!

2. Roska & Untold – Long Range

One of my favorite releases on Numbers this year. I’ve been a big fan of Roska & Untold for a while, so I was really excited when I heard about the collab. The organ stabs and sax riff on this tune really do it and it sounds cool when the bassdrums from ‘Grab Somebody’ start kicking in.

3. Ramadanman – Grab Somebody

What can I say? Ramadanman – Killin it!!!

4. Braiden – The Alps

If you went to Carnival in hell, this is what it would sound like. I’ve been rinsing this tune in almost every one of my sets since before the summer. . Shouts to Braiden for one of my favorite tracks this year!!

5. Breach – Fatherless

Massive tune! Love the percussion and the flute sample. Who would have thought the word ‘fatherless’ could become such a catchy hook!?

6. A Made Up Sound – Alarm

I first heard this tune back on the Night Slugs Mishka mix before I knew anything about A Made Up Sound. I love the way the way the rave stab in this tune sounds detuned and the way the song builds up.

7. Altered Natives – The Bitch

I’m a sucker for square waves, Altered Natives and bitches. So this one works well for me.

8. BD1982 – Trails (Jam City Remix)

One of my favorite tunes by fellow Tokyoite, co-worker, Laguna Bass resident and major dude, BD1982. Jam City completely smashed it with his remix.

9. Untold – Come Follow Me

Some dark vibes going on in this tune and it’s a bit of a down beat number. It’s like the quiet before the storm, in terms of this mix.

10. Christian Martin – Ghosts (L-Vis 1990 Remix)

This is the “I’m goin in!” part of the mix. I remember playing this tune at 7am at an after-party in Tokyo. Everyone was either fucked up, sleepy or acting super shifty, and this tune just summed up the vibes in the room perfectly. I can ‘t get enough of that “Woooooo” ghost noise, and the bassdrum fill is hard as…..

11. Boddika – Boddika’s House

I got this EP the day I made this mix cuz I wanted to include the “Syn Chron” tune, but when I heard Boddika’s House I was like “Oooohshiiiiiet!!!” and this tune just seemed to work better in the mix.

12. Zoo Brazil – Rock The House (Rework)

This tune mixes perfectly with ‘Boddika’s House’. It’s like the two were made to be played together. I love it when that happens.

13. Canblaster – Jetpack

The best thing about this tune is that all types of people get into it and you can mix it with all different types of shit. It’s a pretty epic tune imo.

14. Spark – Revolving (Ramadanman Rework)

The bassdrum pattern in this tune goes hard, but I always try to mix it out before the emo breakdown.

15. DJ Assault – Vandalism

DJ Assault has always been one of my favorites. This tune demonstrates that DJ Assault has a deep side too, and any tune with breaking glass samples is usually a winner in my book.

16. KW Griff – Invitation

Last month I finally managed to get this track at a decent bit-rate (Big ups KW Griff!!) and I’ve been playing it constantly ever since. This tune always puts me in a good mood.

17. SBTRKT – 20/20

A bit of a break from the bangers. Again, this is something I would probably never play in the club, so I’m glad I managed to work it into a mix.

18. Slackk – Theme From Slackk (Dub)

I freakin love this tune. I’ve heard it being described as ‘obnoxious’. It’s definitely relentless and can be a little tricky to mix out of, but I was super happy with the way this Slackk X Dopplereffekt blend came out.

19. Dopplereffekt – Superior Race

This is the first record I ever bought from Rub A Dub in Glasgow and pretty much the record that got me into most of the stuff I listen to now. Shouts to Marty from Rub A Dub for the recommend all those years ago!

20. Roulet – Kitamanda (Girl Unit Remix)

The original of this tune is a lil bit fidgety for my tastes, but Girl Unit did a sick job on the remix. I love the way this version’s got grime, funky and fidget influences with the trademark Girl Unit syncopated drums. The start of MDMA looped up sounds so good over it too.

21. Redlight – MDMA

One of the best uses of the side-chain that i’ve heard in a long time. There needs to be more tunes like this…..and Woo Riddim!!

22. Aaliyah – R U That Somebody (Brenmar Remix)

I’ve been using this tune a lot lately as a tool to transition from 140bpm bass ish into some 70bpm R’n’B stuff. I love the original of this tune but don’t get much chance to play it out, so I’m lovin this flip.

23. Mr De – Whonleone

I love it when an artist who is known for doing one type of music comes out with some shit on a completely different level. This is one of those tunes. It sounds dope in the mix with Brenmar’s toms over it.

24. K.P. & Envyi – Shawty Swing My Way (Edit)

This tune is a staple in my sets. It always kills it in the club and is a good tune to totally switch the atmosphere of the set.

25. R. Kelly – Ignition Remix (Edit)

R. Kelly’s the man! I know every line of this tune off by heart. So happy I finally managed to work it into one of my mixes.

26. Girl Unit – Wut

This is one of my favorite EPs from 2010 and it was difficult to decide which tune to use for the mix, but it just worked so well with the Do or Die tune that I had to use this WUT. Girl Unit = Badman.

27. Do or Die – Playa Like you and Me (Edit)

Everyone knows Bone Thugs, but I feel like people slept on Do or Die. Maybe that’s just cuz I’m from Glasgow though, where back in the 90s barber quartet style R’n’B wasn’t that popular. Random trivia – DJ Funk used to be in Do or Die.

28. Patra – Romantic Call (DJ Deller Remix)

Classic garage number! The pads on this tune over the Do Or Die edit are dope too.