Roska “Make Way”

UK music of the early 2010s was heavily dominated by a select modicum of names – of which Wayne Goodlitt (also known as Roska) was intrinsically one. Collaborating with the likes of Swindle and Funtcase, a long-running residency with and releases on Rinse, as well as Hotflush (whose 2011 label showcase for BR incidentally featured Roska on the bill), Numbers and Tectonic all staked Roska’s claim in the rapidly shifting food chain of British dance and bass music.

Since 2009, Roska’s own Kicks & Snares imprint has been housing his prolific discography as well as various other trustee, paving the way in both old and new UK Funky-based music, as well as beyond. Though, much like his own music, genres are becoming less of a thing in dance music. If anything, variety of output is equally as authentic as orthodoxy to one given genre. Man like Roska is a true testament to the former. RKS now reopens shop with Roska’s new Askin 4 It EP. All six cuts pay homage to the dance music sound that is quintessentially British. Our highlight “Make Way” whirs underneath with sub-levels bass, permeated by a heavily percussive rhythm throughout that demands to be danced to. All with that unmistakeable “Roska” vocal ident taking us way back. A welcome return to a seasoned pro of UK dance music.

Catch Askin 4 It dropping in full on 8th April.

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