Caspa & Rusko

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By the end of 2007, it seemed as if the British dubstep scene had flowered fully and was probably ready to go to seed -- its fertile mix of dub reggae studio tricks, foreboding jungle basslines, weird cut-up samples, and clashy electro sounds had expanded about as much as it could without falling apart. But this excellent mix program by Caspa & Rusko shows that the genre still has some stretch left in it. From the eerie funk of Caspa's "Born to Do It" to the straight-up but slightly twisted roots reggae of Uncle Sam's "Round the Way Girls [Tes La Rok Remix]," and from the creepy dubstep rockers instrumental "Well 'Ard" to the cool reggae instrumental "Jahova," the program maintains a fairly consistent flavor without ever sounding samey or tedious. That's not to say that every track is a winner -- Rusko's "Hammertime" is queasy and weird without being very enjoyable, and "2 N A Q" (another Rusko contribution) is harsh and abrasive without being especially interesting. But that's two out of 29 tracks, a winning average by any measure. And when ConQuest finishes out the program with the lushly beautiful rockers anthem "Forever," every little lapse is forgiven. Very highly recommended.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
3:08
2
2:41
3
2:40
4
feat: Argon / Justice / Uncle Sam
1:58
5
1:48
6
2:27
7
feat: Cluekid / Cotti / Justice / 30
1:13
8
feat: Argon / Matty G / Justice
1:13
9
3:33
10
0:53
11
2:10
12
2:00
13
feat: Coki / DMZ / Justice
1:20
14
3:34
15 2:27
16
2:17
17
2:32
18
2:13
19
1:46
20
0:53
21
feat: Rusko
1:24
22
2:05
23
2:13
24
2:12
25
2:41
26
feat: D1 / Justice / Tempa
2:30
27
3:22
28
3:05
29
6:49
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