EPIC PICTURE TIME! Damn, so many good releases this week I had a hard time picking who to do today. It was a toss up between two and I had to go with the man Rusko! Rusko basically defined the sound for an entire year for me. He was my first real introduction to dubstep (besides Skream’s essential mix) with two of the greatest jams of all time Woo Boost and Cockney Thug. If you haven’t heard these songs yet, I suggest you stop right now and listen to the sounds that practically defined a genre. This is some serious Elvis s**t. I don’t know why I blanked that out… Since these genre defining tracks though, what has the man been up to? Well, besides touring, getting married, and proudly sporting a serious drug and alcohol problem, Rusko has been making some jams! With a full length album released only a few months ago and this week’s release of the “Kapow EP,” there are many songs to choose from and they span a wide variety of styles and genres.
These first tracks are my favorite two of the new EP. Yeah combines multiple classic sounds. Bringing back the old school rave days and mixing it with the classic Rusko style. I’m glad to hear that he still has a recognizable, signature sound. The most popular of the EP is Like This, an electro/moombah song with a heavy bass backing to it. Definitely brings a funky beat with an upbeat ska synth in the background.
Now on to the the full length album “Songs.” I seriously LOVE old school reggae vocals which might be why I like Rusko so much. Roll Da Beats (Old School Edition) delivers with flair! Aptly titled, this song is some true old school. Mek More Green - more reggae vocals! Yes! More of an island Jamaican jam than dubstep, but I guess that’s what dubstep came from anyways so this is going back to the very roots. Somebody to Love rocks a dirty drop and if you haven’t heard Sub-Focus’ remix of this song, it’s another one you should check out. Finishing it off with Dirty Sexy, I could get down to this song. This sounds like a Benga track to me and I love it.