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Rusko, O.M.G.!
Mad Decent Protocol LLC, May 4
Viewed through a wide lens, English big-beat dubstep producer Rusko’s debut artist album is only an incidental component of the meteoric 15 minutes happening to him now, the big kahuna being his work on M.I.A.’s forthcoming LP /\/\/\Y/\. This rushed-sounding set of knob-twisting modernity comes bearing Justice-style electroshockology (he’s worked with those guys), alt-hiphop, and (mostly) his trademark wobbly beats, the kind of stuff that makes, ahem, FM radio the kiddie-playground hell that it was destined to become. It’s all over the map, really, opening with “Woo Boost,” an aptly named instrumental born to background quantum-hyperbolic radio spots where “12TH CALLER WINS TICKETS TO JONAS BROTHERRRS!!” dreams are realized and lost. It’s not all like that, don’t get me wrong, not that you shouldn’t — the blingy but uplifting “Hold On” (crooned by a TLC-ed-up Amber Coffman) is too cool for kids, and “Kumon Kumon” spans its frequencies with fascinating roller-coaster vomit-power. But it’s too spread out — it’s essentially a demo he’ll be shamelessly pressing on everyone from Mary J. Blige to the pop-metal dummies while blushing about his underground rep, and we all know the shelf-life of that hustle, let’s be real (or hopeful). C+Eric W. Saeger