Christopher Mercer, better known as dubstep purveyor Rusko, isn't really interested in drawing connections between electronic beats and the spaced-out sounds of Jamaican dub — he wants to party. His take on the rapidly expanding genre is closer to the intersection of trunk-rattling bass music and pop, a concoction mixed for the hips rather than the head. Rusko's half-step rhythms are offset by huge retro synths and a playfulness that lends a spastic energy to his tracks, so this isn't the best soundtrack to getting blunted in your living room — it's hands-in-the-air dance-floor madness with the low end turned up past 11.
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