Since it's inception, Skrillex's OWSLA has become known for pushing new, burgeoning artists. From the likes of Alex Metric to Kill Paris to What So Not to Birdy Nam Nam, OWSLA has shown that it knows no boundaries and refuses to be pigeonholed. Today OWSLA announced the signing of dubstep pioneer Rusko by premiering his new single "Takeoff" via Rolling Stone. The track is a jungle-infused, Jay-Z-sampling drum & bass tune and a massive departure from tunes like "Jahova" and "Cockney Thug," two of the dubstep anthems that gave the Rusko name weight.
Speaking to Rolling Stone, Rusko explained that the new sonic territory isn't something that just came out of the blue. "I grew up listening to drum-and-bass and jungle music," Rusko tells Rolling Stone. "I felt it was time to reflect this by making some of my very own. This really is the definition of music from the heart."
It can be easy for fans to write off an artist as they explore new styles, but listening to "Takeoff" and you won't be doing that. Sure Rusko's most recent self-released Kapow EP was rather underwhelming, but "Takeoff" has us thinking Rusko got his groove back. It's clear that Rusko really does understand drum & bass as he has seamlessly readjusted his style to fit the upbeat tempos and high-energy drum breaks. The single is the first peek at Rusko's forthcoming Lift Me Up EP.
UPDATE Rusko has given away "Takeoff" for free ahead of the July 2 release of Lift Me Up, which will also feature "Murda Sound" and the Claes Rosen-featured "Starlight."