Posted on 02 May 2012.
To consider Rusko is to update Phil Spector's Wall of Sound for a 21st century landscape — The Wall of Bass.
Royal Oak Music TheaterRusko.A generation ago, older people sneered at those young kids listening to their foolish, vulgar rock & roll records. Will we come to revere dubstep artists like Skrillex as pioneers in another 20 years?
I don’t know. (Okay, honestly, I hope not). But British DJ Rusko has sidestepped many of the scene’s worst qualities (this video shares a few) to produce booming, light-hearted electronic creations. His collaboration with Britney Spears first made this dubstep producer a household name, but I’ll take “Hold On,” which reinvents Dirty Projectors frontwoman Amber Coffman as a ’90s-esque 93.1 DRQ diva. He plays Sunday at the Royal Oak Music Theater.
Second album “Songs” dropped March 26, described by Pitchfork
as “a nasty carnival of electronic pop that giddily hops
between styles– jungle, rave, dub, purple, reggae, pure Guetta-fied
pop, and so on.” The album’s emphasis on pop duets might rope in dance
club divas looking for a deeper fix; after being tagged as a “brostep”
DJ, Rusko’s second album lets the bass and sounds run wild. To consider
Rusko is to update Phil Spector’s Wall of Sound for a 21st century
landscape — The Wall of Bass.
$30 tickets are still available for Rusko’s May 6 concert at Royal Oak Music Theater. Sunday’s show begins at 8 p.m. with special guest Sigma. Click here for more information.