Rusko, the Leeds-born, currently Los Angeles-based upstart of the London dubstep scene, is one of the latest additions to the increasingly international and exciting roster of Mad Decent. Though he’s got quite a bit of work under his belt already, 2010 is looking like it might be the biggest in his career thus far. Word is he produced a good chunk of M.I.A.’s upcoming record alongside Diplo, Switch, Blaqstarr, as well as up-and-coming noise-pop ace’s Sleigh Bells, and just this week he dropped his debut full-length O.M.G.! (haaa).
I’ll just assume that title refers to Rusko’s intended reaction for the average listener, as he aims to blow minds through sheer force of dense, cut-up layers of electronics, epic builds, screwball samples, overwhelming low-end assaults, and copious amounts of talk box. Or maybe his new direction has him reeling as well; this incredibly fun album builds outward exponentially from his dubstep origins, touching on an impressive breadth of genres within electronic music and beyond, from UK garage, on through 90s rave, electro-funk, R&B, hip-hop, dancehall, and dub.
While he was at it, Rusko also secured guest spots that juxtapose mainstays of the UK scene with some more surprising appearances, including artists I didn’t ever expect to see on the same record — rising Dirty South star Gucci Mane and Amber Coffman of Dirty Projectors. Stream both of their tracks, along with a couple other O.M.G.! standouts, in the embedded player below. You can also download the Sub Focus remix of “Hold On”, which pairs Amber Coffman’s sweet and towering vocal work with a new, hectic sense of urgency. And if you need to hear how Rusko manages to balance all these ends for yourself, head over to Spinner to stream his solid debut album in full.
Download: Rusko – Hold On (Feat. Amber Coffman) (Sub Focus Remix)
Buy: Get O.M.G.! as 320kbps mp3s, Apple Lossless, FLAC, or Source Audio from Rusko’s website.