Dubstep is like musical marmite dividing opinion like few other genres. Its advocates claim it's the purest form of dance music with the ability to transport the listener into an ethereal world far from the madding crowd. To its detractors it's little more than bone shaking noise. One critic even went as far as to call it the musical equivalent of eating rotten fish and duck foetuses! With its bass heavy exploration of the outer regions of dubstep's global empire and the occasional stopover on the islands of techno, drum 'n bass and 90's house, Personality, the third album from Paul Rose, aka Scuba, is unlikely to convince the sceptics.

The album starts appropriately with 'Ignition Key' which launches with a monologue lamenting the lack of individuality in the modern world. “We’re all unique...or are we? Most people are fucking boring to be honest” chunters a disembodied voice like a particularly downbeat extra from an episode of Grumpy Old Men. After getting that off his chest Paul gives us a meaty, beaty, club track that will sound familiar to anyone who frequented basement clubs in the 80s. So much for a lack of individuality, 'Ignition Key' is as much symptom as cure. The album's third track, and lead single, the appropriately titled and arresting 'Hope' provides more hope of something new. Its blend of the industrial, the seedy, the smutty and old school techno is both exciting and unsettling. It's a monster of a track that'll blow the doors off your cavernous club of choice.

Paul recognises the limitations of the dubstep catechism and on Personality he broadens his church, taking in as many dancefloor trends as could be reasonably contained within the restrictions of the album format. The dubby techno of 'Action', built around the repetition of one word and a pulsing, robotic beat, the stripped back drum'nbass of 'Cognitive Dissonance' and the ambient progressive beats of 'Daisy Chain' all point to an artist on a personal tour of the history of dance music seeking out new ground on which to build his church.

Ironically, by widening his sphere of influence and his potential audience, Scuba has lost some of his own musical personality in the process. Personality may not convince dubstep deniers to embrace the creed and it may even make dubstep preachers question their faith, but either way it'll certainly have dance disciples flocking to the clubs to take part in the new religion's midnight mass rituals.