Christopher Mercer, stage name Rusko, has been rocking the EDM world with hard core beats and his old school England dubstep style for nearly a decade now. On December 24th, 2007, Rusko’s debut EP titled “Babylon Vol. 1” was released containing four tracks including his classic dubstep hits “Cockney Thug” and “Jahova”. Shortly after this, I heard both these songs for the first time and my musical taste changed instantly and forever. I completely credit my love for electronic music to this man, and will never forget that.
Through the years, Rusko has continued to quietly pour exceptional bass music out, and yesterday he added to this with a brand new remix of Ivy Levan’s track “27 Club”. Rusko stepped away from his usual old school dubstep sound and instead went with a drum and bass rendition of the track. The song starts out with an upbeat and dancey feel to it, which swiftly transfers into a pounding main synth coupled with the classic drum and bass drum beat in the background. The beautiful vocals of Ivy Levan go together perfectly with the scratchy synth used for the track, creating a ying and yang effect. All together, this has got to be one of my favorite drum and bass tracks I’ve ever heard.
Dodge & Fuski and Virtual Riot are two of Disciple Records’ most successful artists. At the young age of 21, Valentin Brunn, aka Virtual Riot, has already released a whopping ten EPs as well as his debut album titled “There Goes Your Money”. Dodge & Fuski have been around the EDM world a bit longer, but with fewer official releases. The duo has put out six EPs as well as a number of very successful singles, including collaborations with 12th Planet and Barely Alive.
Now the two artists have paired up for the very first time to bring you a pulsating dubstep smash hit titled “Alien”. The track begins with a peaceful xylophone melody which sounds like the beginning of a child’s nursery rhyme. Then a gloomy drum beat and full synth comes in from the background at first, but slowly increasing in intensity until the buildup for the drop reaches its apex and comes crashing down on the listener like an alien firing squad. My favorite part of this track comes in the middle of both drops when the lead synth is taken back for a bit and all you can hear is a rattling drum fill made with a spoon like instrument which is instantly followed up by a totally different and slowed down version of the first half of the drop. The slight switch in tempo gives the listener a more filthy beat to bang their head to. I’m hoping for more collaborations between these two in the near future!