Bassis: Roska

Bassis: Roska

28 December 2013
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Even among his contemporaries, Roska stands out as a unique proposition. His music an explosive cocktail of swung house percussion, blocky melodies and body-battering subbass is immediately distinctive, marked out both by his own production hallmarks and the cheeky ‘Roska!’ vocal motif that peppers his tracks. 2012 was Roska’s biggest year to date, finding him busy touring and DJing across the globe, playing new music on his weekly show on Rinse FM and releasing a formidable new full-length for Rinse, Rinse Presents: Roska 2. Featuring vocals from, among others, Sweetie Irie and Mz Bratt, and collaborations with Swindle and Funtcase, it was a set of tracks based in house but stretching far and wide for inspiration, twisting grime, dubstep and garage to suit his own vision. His Roska 'Kicks & Snares' label has grown from an early outlet for his own tracks into a platform to release music by friends and likeminded producers, including Champion, Doc Daneeka and Shox. He was interviewed for a Red Bull Mu- sic Academy lecture in 2010 and in the time period since then has played for them and made lecture appearances across Europe. He’s never far from the darkened club spaces where he made his name, though, regularly playing incendiary sets in packed basements around the UK and always maintaining the immediacy and physical impact that’s defined his music from the very start.