At the beginning of decade, Rusko was pushing dubstep toward pop, bringing the genre’s deep, gritty low end to stars like Britney Spears and solo releases like O.M.G.!. Nearly five years later, a new EP, out July 29 on Universal/FMLY and titled simply !, finds the English DJ moving in different directions.
“This is the the first time I’ve ever released a record that’s not dubstep or drum and bass,” Rusko tells Rolling Stone. “It’s not house or techno either. I tried to create five fun tracks that fit into no genre – or maybe a whole new genre altogether.”
Below, get a first look at this EP with “Sunshowers,” a four-minute track that opens like a sped-up version’s of Kelela’s “Bank Head” before erupting into sound that’s bubblegum sweet. Aside from “Sunshowers,” ! includes four songs: “Like a Boss,” “My Style,” “Happy Chords” and “Rusko Theme.” Hear them live at a summer tour that includes gigs at Belgium’s Tomorrowland, Holland’s Mysteryland and Baltimore’s Moonrise Festival.