Review: Despite their incredibly consistent catalogue, it feels like Roska Kicks & Snares as an imprint has become even more special over the past year or so, with every new release levelling up the labels output. For their next selection, we see them welcome MOTU for a vibrant 8 track selection simply entitle 'Motu Collection', showcasing his quite frankly outstanding skillset, jam-packed with rhythmic gems left right and centre. From the wavy bass manoeuvres of 'Screwball' to the more carnival style drum work of 'Yeah Riddim' and stripped percussive magnificence of 'KCU', MOTU well and truly has UK funky covered. We also wanted to send a nod to the vocal collaborations on this one, as Nico Lindsay returns in fine from on 'Have To Know' alongside Killa P's electric performance on 'Tek Weh' and the mega collaborative flavours of 'Move', featuring PRM Project, DJ Polo, Roska & Blase Vanguard.
Review: Almost mystically unable to do no wrong at the moment, Roska delivers four more stone-cold classic beats on this second volume of Rinse rarities, further enhancing his title as king of UK underground house. "Squark" is undoubtedly the big tune here, a tune which has been bubbling under the surface for months now. Its cheeky use of siren squeals that drop solo every four bars is grimy and funky to the max. Elsewhere though, "Tomorrow Is Today" is impressively urgent while "Hey Cutie" is a bubbly and irresistible soca-house jam. After an appearance on the first EP, Jamie George is back in the vocal booth on "I Like You" which sparkles with string-stabs interweaving with George's tones. Yet another essential purchase from the man of the moment.
Review: Roska releasing dark music is not a new phenomenon, but this belated return to Tectonic - his first solo material for Pinch's lauded label for three years - is particularly bleak and paranoid. Lead cut "Hyperion" is particularly dark, with dubstep style effects and cymbal hits riding a pulsating and sub-rattling, if stripped down, 120 BPM techno groove. In contrast, the moody but sprightly shuffler "Off" is positively cheery in comparison, with more of the UK funky influence Roska made his name with. The EP's two dominant approaches - funky and techno - come together on closer "Only Human", which fixes a surging, head-cracking electronic bassline to an expertly-programmed broken techno rhythm.
Review: If we are talking about consistency, there are few figures with a more celebrated run than Roska, one of the true cornerstones of UK funky and its history within underground dance music. He returns to his home imprint RKAS for a wavy selection, kicking off with the swirling vocal melodies of Elle Delaney and the spacey chords on 'Give Me Some More'. Next, Aleisha Lee is enlisted to supply some smooth vocal additions on the groovy flavours of 'Tonight', before Tasty Lopez arrives for a blissful addition on the bouncy composition of 'Static'. From here, Aleisha Lee returns for more vocal work on the almost drill-like instrumental arrangements of 'What's Right', giving us a throwback feeling towards early grime creations. Finally, Roska rides out solo on the crunchy drum designs, pulsating sub movements and progressive chord movements of 'Internal Sunshine' to see out this fabulous new collection in style.
Review: Can it have only been in 2010 that Rinse dropped the debut album of UKF's imperial don? Of course, the man known from his aural signature as "R-R-R-Roska" hasn't been work-shy, with a huge weight of releases for his own Roska Kicks and Snares label constantly impressing. Here though, Roska deliberately spices up his methodology - going in less for beat-driven loops of endurance, more for a developing and lyrical sound. One listen the sloping funk of "OnRinseSinceYearZeroEight", the bleeped-out "Metric", or the crunch-step of "Eleven 45" will make you agree with us that he's pretty much nailed it. Like most things from the man, this comes highly recommended.
Review: Big release here from Roska! The UK F don drops the six track Jackpot EP on the one and only Rinse. It's hard to look past the tough percussive riddims and killer "go!" vocal on the title track, but there's much to explore here, from the abrasive synths of "Roskallion" to the screeching mayhem of the brilliantly titled "Blame The Speakers". The Mujava-esque melodies of "Leapfrog" and "4th Blind Mouse" lead into the 8bit textures and heaving arpeggios of closer "Wie Alt Bist Du". More essential jams from the king of funky.