Rusko tapped into the dub sound early on, creating beats and basslines with Iration Steppas while living in Leeds. A trip to London paired him with Caspa and the Sub Soldiers imprint and soon the duo was mixing a Fabric Live CD and collaborating on hit releases. Rusko’s dark, sample-driven style of dubstep morphed into an energetic, floor-filling approach to the sound, gaining him legions of fans and the respect of the globe’s top DJs. The seminal “Cockney Thug” still overwhelms crowds, but young Rusko is poised to reach greater heights. A move to Los Angeles, collaborations with Diplo, and remixes for Kid Sister are proof of his ambition. Rusko’s high energy style of sample-laden dubstep is on display at Smart Bar this weekend, supported by a live performance by Abstract Science’s own, Quadratic. (John Alex Colon)
December 4 at Smart Bar, 3730 N. Clark, (773)549-0203, 10pm.