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Songs [CD]

Rusko Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (26 Mar 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Mad Decent
  • ASIN: B006ZIVLY0
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,993 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Intro Year 3000
2. Somebody To Love
3. Pressure
4. Skanker
5. Love No More
6. Opium
7. Dirty Sexy
8. Be Free
9. Thunder
10. Roll Da Beats (Old School Edition)
11. Kek More Green
12. Asda Car Park
13. Whistle Crew
14. M357

Product Description

Product Description

Songs is the second album from Leeds dubstep producer and DJ Rusko, following the 2010 debut O.M.G.! The album features the single "Somebody to Love".

BBC Review

Rusko’s attempt on this second album to realign his music with a Jamaican inheritance is something that some people might find problematic. Songs opens with a reference to King Tubby, and tries to make a point out of using reggae styles and vocalists. Yet it has nothing of the mind-opening space and texture of any Tubby dub. And since Rusko is one of the original drivers behind dubstep’s mutation from deep frequencies studiously engineered by people who understood bass into belching, aggressive, resolutely macho electro, this move is more than a bit ironic.

If Rusko is an innovator, as the reference wants to claim, his innovation has been to further remove dubstep from the roots soundsystem culture, as signified by King Tubby, and to make it more accessible to pop practitioners like M.I.A. and Skrillex. (The extent of the influence of mid-range wub-wub is presently demonstrated by a widespread tendency for dancefloors to resemble mosh-pits more than, uh, floors on which people actually dance.) Thus Rusko tries to reclaim his foundational status from his imitators while being completely blind to the paradox therein. Indeed, the head-banging, saw-like riff of ‘Skanker’ is prologued by echoes and bleeps that only achieve a parody of dub.

That said, the attempts on Songs to close a diasporic gap, as it were, could be argued to be in line with the more plastic/cheesy style of current dancehall: witness the breezy vocals of Be Free or Mek More Green. There are also summery garage and global trance inflections on tracks like Pressure and Opium, which indicate Rusko’s awareness of himself as a commercial dance artist. But there’s an overwhelming failure to attempt syntheses: the wump is just stuck on top of things, a lairy, generalised interruption, like a crowd of drunken football fans shouting on the underground. There may be arguments for Rusko’s moves here; it’s just that they’re not very well executed.

--Melissa Bradshaw

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5.0 out of 5 stars Sumblime 13 Oct 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is a great album. Yeah. Buy it ;)
There are some great songs with a range of styles and some of the tracks are simply must have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rusko - At it again! 1 Oct 2013
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An excellent album. Features some eclectic tracks. Brilliant work from a master producer. I'd give this 10 out of 10 if I could.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Full of beat! 14 Feb 2013
Format:MP3 Download
Decent album with a dub step / electronic vibe with lots of gimey wobble base. If you like magnetic man you'll like this
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4.0 out of 5 stars good product 11 Dec 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
it's a xmas present for my son,it's the music he likes.so i think he'll be pleased to recieve it,thanks alot.
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