If you’re a fan of UK garage, then you already know about Roska. The man has been making tasty beats for the better part of the last decade, but got serious only about it three or four years ago. Since then, his career has taken off. Roska has become an overnight sensation in the garage scene, playing at BBC Radio 1’s Sonar Festival in Barcelona and venues all around the world. Putting his spin on modern dubstep, grime, and garage, he is easily one of the fastest growing stars in the world of dance music. Let’s take a look at some of his jams.
First up is a collaboration with fellow garage producer Untold, Long Range. This song is a bit house-y, some might say closer to tribal. The garage influences are still apparent, though. The constant kick drum accompanied by the bongo-sounding beats serve as the base for the track, and bits of light sounds follow happily behind.
Up next is one of Roska’s most popular releases, Squark. Minimal drum beats and the occasional whistle lead a progression of hip samples and other quirky tidbits. Roska evidently uses simplicity to his advantage here, and it’s a breath of fresh air in a world dominated by over the top EDM. It also makes for great studying music for all you college students out there.