Rusko O.M.G.

Leeds-born producer and DJ, Rusko is leaving quite the impression on the burgeoning UK dubstep scene despite having made his solo production debut only a few short years ago. With affiliations with another dubstep notable, Caspa, Rusko's progressive style caught the attention of Diplo, leading to his signing with Mad Decent and the subsequent release of his first full-length, O.M.G. Not to mention, he co-produced much of M.I.A.'s upcoming album and is the first European producer to work with Gucci Mane. O.M.G. goes well beyond the boundaries of dubstep, demonstrating why Rusko is indeed making waves in the scene. The disc is highly melodic, experimenting with a roster of styles not typically expected: a touch of electro, house, disco, funk. Tracks like "Woo Boost," "I Love You" and "Oy" play with the gritty, warbled distortions of dubstep; "Kumon Kumon" takes a brash dose of jungle and lays it alongside a distinctively European undertone; while "Dial My Number" incorporates cheeky brass and the increasingly popular use of vocoder. The album's big standout goes to "Hold On," featuring Amber Coffman. A distinctive two-step beat with glitchy synths and Coffman's sultry vocals, it's a song able to make the transition to any dance floor. (Mad Decent)