Etnik – Unclassified (Rusko Remix)
Rusko is back, and in a way few expected. The man who once carried the UK dubstep flag has released a remix that is literally backwards from what he’s known for – and that’s not a bad thing. Using Etnik’s original hip-hop/ dubstep fused ‘Unclassified’ as his canvas, Rusko has created an understated, pop-friendly, almost angelic remix. Injecting a calming piano melody behind Mykki Blanco’s aggressive top line, Rusko’s production skills are on full display here. Few can completely disassemble a track as aggressively tuned as ‘Unclassified’ (it was an OWSLA release), and transform it into what is more or less a completely different track. Gone are the gurgling wobbles and the dark sub bass ripples, all replaced with a stripped down, organic production that would comfortably sit on the radio. While we definitely hope Rusko’s dubstep days aren’t completely behind him, with this release, on top of the one prior, ‘Sunflower’, it would appear he is undoubtedly traipsing into newer pastures.