Dubstep has come far in five-odd years. Its textures and basslines have been injected into house and techno by the likes of Midland and George Fitzgerald, while Magnetic Man and Rusko have gone down the festival rave and trance route. Rusko’s variety has been popular in the US, where the York-raised producer now resides. His second LP, ‘Songs’, won’t disappoint those fans. Both ‘Opium’ and ‘Thunder’ glue breathy female vocals to big, hands-in-the-air synths; ‘Skanker’ is more overtly trad dubstep, with whumpy bass synths and cosmic reggae tones. Only on the peppy two-step of ‘Pressure’ and the Balearic breakbeat of ‘M357’ does he step away from the controlled mayhem he creates. Mostly it’s party music, pure and simple.
File under Festival dubstep with a trance injection
Download ‘Pressure’, ‘Roll Da Beats’,
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