Songs

This Brit beatmaker's productions ("Cockney Thug") and DJ'ing (Fabric Live 37,with Caspa) helped define early subwoofer-punishing dubstep well before Skrillex made it rage like new metal. But on Songs, rather than go full-on aggro (or even collaborate again with various Dirty Projectors, as on 2010's O.M.G.), dubstep is outweighed by effervescent house, pop, R&B, dancehall, even twostep garage – a style that preceded dubstep – with vocals ready to pop like champagne bubbles. Even when the lowend gets a workout, as on "Asda Car Park" and "Opium," the tone is party-friendly rather than glowering – good news for pop fans, less so for Korn devotees.

Listen To Rusko's "Opium": 

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From The Archives Issue 1154: April 12, 2012
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