Christopher Mercer, better known as dubstep purveyor Rusko, isn't really interested in drawing connections between electronic beats and the spaced-out sounds of Jamaican dub. He just wants to party.

His take on the rapidly expanding genre is closer to the intersection of trunk-rattling bass music and pop, a concoction mixed for the hips rather than the head. Rusko's half-step rhythms are offset by huge retro synths and a playfulness that lends a spastic energy to his tracks.

The result? Hands-in-the-air dance-floor madness, with the low end turned up past 11.

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