Dubstep producer Rusko is having quite the year. Between his status as the newest Mad Decent artist-du-jour and being tapped to produce seven tracks on the new M.I.A. album, it's pretty impressive he was able to churn out his solo debut, O.M.G.!
But being the person responsible for the highly anticipated M.I.A. record comes with a heavy price tag. If things don't go well, he could forever be known as the man who sidetracked her career. So until then, we'll pass judgment on his recent use of the Dirty Projectors' Amber Coffman on the O.M.G.! single, “Hold On.”
If this is any indication, we can expect a much more radio friendly M.I.A. (although, I think she dispelled any of those notions with her “Born Free” video). Just listen to the early '90s cadence of Ambers vocals as she rips those notes all over the scale in such a seductive manner, it's enough to make David Longstreth uncomfortable. Personally, I like my dubstep gully, so this is a bit over produced for my taste, which is why I'm thankful there is a Sub Focus remix that brings the grime back to the table. Compare the two versions and decide for yourself.