ABOUT THIS ITEM
'Rinse Presents Roska 2' picks up where that full-length and his recent EP for Rinse, Jackpot, left off. His most wide reaching collection of music to date, it reaches far beyond the confines of funky while still keeping his signature sonic flourishes intact. "Over the last two years, I've been playing alongside dubstep, grime, other genres, and it's given my sound a different edge," he says of 'Rinse Presents Roska 2''s broad vision. "I've found my sound, and I'm just going with it and following the flow, rather than sticking to a specific genre now. It doesn't make sense to do that any more."
So rather than remaining locked to any one scene, Rinse Presents: Roska 2 continues to show off Roska's development as an artist in his own right. Club-driven funky still remains at the heart of the music he makes - it's immediately audible in opener 'You Dun Kno's’ springy, syncopated percussion and 'Do You Like This', which finds Jamie George again joining Roska for a sequel to 'Wonderful Day'.
"They're club tracks," he says. "That's where I've been most of the time in the last year, and that's what I want to reflect in the tracks as well." But elsewhere on the album he uses funky's lithe percussive patterns as a springboard to toy with other sounds. So the snare hits on Memories crack like gunshots, but they're lifted by a buoyant vocal from Ruby Goe, and 'Eleven45' is a deliciously synthetic slice of computer funk. 'OnRinseSinceZeroEight' is, in essence, a grime track at 130bpm, switching up regularly between halfstep rhythm and deadly four-to-the-floor. The twin spectres of grime and dubstep turn up throughout the record. Sweetie Irie's gruff turn on 'Badman' is bolstered by seasick descending synths. Mz. Bratt's delivers a hyperkinetic MC performance on 'Go', and 'Spanner In The Works', a formidable collaboration with Swindle & Funtcase, is led by stringy funk chords reminiscent of the hypercoloured synth work of the Butterz crew.
Twisting other genres' characteristics to suit his own vision, although Roska's sound might have shifted since his early days, 'Rinse Presents Roska 2' shows off an approach that's just as idiosyncratic as ever.
01. You Dun Kno
02. Memories Feat. Ruby Goe
04. Do You Like This Feat. Jamie George
05. The Oracle
07. Badman Feat. Sweetie Irie
09. Go Feat. Mz. Bratt
10. Spanner In The Works Feat. Swindle And Funtcase