Rusko made our end of the year list with his album, Songs. Songs was a fantastic album that showcased his ability to blend old school dub with modern flavor. His follow up release was Kapow, which seemed to disappoint fans. Since then Rusko has been quiet, but he has ended his silence with, Lift Me Up. Everything about his newest EP is brilliant.
While Lift Me Up is only three tracks, all of them are fantastic takes on DnB. The albums opener, Starlight, is a melodic track featuring lovely vocals from Claes Rosen. The breaks in Starlight are infectious and – layered with the chopped vocals – make this the standout track on the EP. Lift Me Up is next and combines melodic vocals with an aggressive drop. The final track, Murda Sound, is aggressive. I really like Rusko’s take on Nuerofunk., it has a slight “funk” feel to it.
Rusko has reinvented his sound and it’s great. This year has been full of great releases and Lift Me Up should not be missed! Here’s what Rusko had to say about his latest release: “I’ve been listening to Drum and Bass for years. I always followed labels and old DnB forums. Music is progressing now and people are discovering the origins of bass music again – it’s really cool. I wrote this EP with no objective in mind. I just wanted to write a collection of songs with no agenda and no influences from the outside world – just me and music – I needed to get back to a pure place again.”