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In 2012, with his second album for Mad Decent, Christopher Mercer, aka Rusko, intended to push the envelope on a genre that was increasingly becoming commonplace. When boiled down to its bare essence, Songs is a dubstep album with the wobbly bass bombs to prove it, but Rusko tackles 14 tracks with 14 vocalists and takes on all sorts of styles, including Top 40 pop, '90s house, grime, jungle, ragga, and even lovers rock reggae. Amidst all the territory covered, the underlying thread of dubstep is predictable, since Mercer's collaboration with Britney Spears helped introduce the genre to the mainstream -- but his decision to flip the script with what he calls his "anti-brostep" album doesn't seem like such a stretch once you realize how effectively he can mix a wealth of musical styles into 2-step. It's just as natural to hear the sub-bass drops in a Rihanna pop song like "Dirty Sexy" as it is in the Sly & Robbie-esque "Skanker." All of the music is well executed, and the Leeds College of Music grad shows that he is a rabid music enthusiast who knows his history, and isn't afraid to have some fun bringing it to the surface. This is the perfect type of album for people who think dubstep is too singular and great proof that there are still possibilities for expansion in the genre.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/26/2012
Label: Downtown
UPC: 0891063002984
catalogNumber: 158
Rank: 98410

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rusko   Primary Artist
Ratpack   Vocals
Million Dan   Vocals
Bonnie McKee   Vocals
Vula   Vocals
Kate Lesing   Vocals
Alborosie   Vocals
General Jah Mikey   Vocals
Protoje   Vocals
Betty Trouble   Vocals
DiRTY RADiO   Vocals
Danielle Wells   Vocals
Danni Rouge   Vocals

Technical Credits

Michael Mitchell   Composer
Clifton Dillon   Composer
Michael Dunn   Composer
Bonnie McKee   Composer
Nomvula Malinga   Composer
Alberto D'Ascola   Composer
Ted Bruner   Composer
Christopher Mercer   Composer
Rodney Michael Craig   Composer
Ajay Bhattacharyya   Composer
Alexander John William Reid   Composer
Zachary Verxa   Composer
Oje Ollivierre   Composer
Melissa Arzoomanian   Composer
Farshad Edalat   Composer
Evanson Allen   Composer
Elizabeth Abrams   Composer
East Chubbers   Composer
Danielle Wells   Composer
Anthony Dolhai   Composer

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