Label: Mad Decent Rusko P&D
Given his production work for Britney Spears, T.I. and Rihanna, eyes are on Rusko as dubstep's first potential mainstream crossover artist. But the 25-year-old Leeds producer's debut album doesn't forget where he came from: Opener "Woo Boost" is a gnarly, mosh-inclined wobbler in the tradition of his anthem "Cockney Thug," and there's plenty more where that came from. But forays into digital dancehall, robotic R&B and futurist electro-funk -- with a generous helping of Zapp-influenced vocals -- show that Rusko is too clever to stay shackled to a single style, even if it's one he helped create.