Boomkat Product Review:
More flaming hotness from Roska this week with the boxfresh 'Elevated Levels' EP just landing, bringing a slab of Funky winter warmth to a particularly grim Manchester afternoon. After tracking this gear down for some months now and rinsing our copies of 'Feeline VIP' and Hardhouse Banton's 'Sirens' we've been gagging for some more, so the opening shimmy of 'Gone To A Better Place' has gone down a treat up here. This cut is darker and straighter than anything we've heard from Roska previously, with a rudely intent rhythm circulating about a spherical bottom end drone, piled up with bouncing subs and the all important percussive lock of flowing congas constantly moving the track in exactly the right direction. It only gets better on the flipside with 'Elevated Levels' switching back to the more angular syncopations of his 'Climate Change' EP with a nonchalently rude riddim built from squelching Broken Beat style fills, and mad effective stabs sounding somewhere in between Maurizio-ish dub stabs and '93 hardcore synthlines. Who can ask for any more? 'Our Father' finishes this completely essential EP with a properly 2008 style house raver, tracing the Grime influence with plasticky synthline melodics, but curbing the energy levels for the swinging house crew with a buttered flow featuring more of those addictive Roska drums nudged into hip slipping and shoulder dipping patterns like no other. If you've loved last weeks ridiculously good Kode 9 vs L.D 12" or have been making do with Marcus Nasty radio set downloads, now's the chance to get your sticky fingers all over 12"s of the hottest black plastic funk around. KILLER TWELVE!!!!