Leeds-born DJ/producer Rusko has a scattershot approach to contemporary dance music. On his 2010 debut album, OMG!, his artillery included reggae, drum'n'bass, house and dubstep, in the form of big, attention-seeking basslines, but he only sporadically hit the target ("Woo Boost" was a thrilling exception). His focus is more squarely on Jamaican sounds second time round, but although Songs feels consistently summery, it lacks coherence: the diverse elements don't completely gel. Straightforward dub-reggae numbers such as "Love No More" are pleasant enough, but when the bassline drops on "Skanker" it sounds more incongruous than thrilling.
Killian Fox writes about the arts, food, travel and science for the Observer. He won a British Journalism Award in 2020