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The UK Funky legend has turned in a mix of "genres outside of dancehall influenced by dancehall" — which means an action-packed 90min, running everything from Wayne Wonder to Capleton, Karizma to DJ Zinc, MAW to MC Fox, Benga to Coki, and of course plenty from Roska himself.

Much of dance music might have been on pause in 2020, but not Roska. The vital underground powerhouse has continued to put out a steady stream of high quality singles both solo and in collaboration with the likes of Syren Rivers, Ruby Wood and Serocee. He collected them all together this summer on Eight Trax, a mini album on his own Roska Kicks & Snares which tells the story of an artist who still finds freshness in UK funky having played a key part in its initial emergence over a decade ago. On top of this, he also assumed his Bakongo alias again recently to serve up his unique take on UK rhythms with the new 3 x 2 EP on Livity Sound, which comes after years of veering into UKG, house and various other mutant strains of bass heavy music on labels like Tectonic, Rinse and Hotflush.

This week he digs deep to serve up a podcast filled with a mixture of his key influences and personal favourites. "The whole theme is how genres outside of dancehall have been influenced by dancehall," he says of a sunny selection including material from Sean Paul, Major Lazor, DJ Gregory, Kenny Dope, Karizma and DJ Zinc next to plenty of his now new beats old and new. It's a real history lesson that brings us right up to the present day and beyond.

Barrington Levy - Under Mi Sensi
Garnet Silk - Mama Africa
Barrington Levy - Here I Come
Freddy McGreggor - I Was Born A Winner
Ninja Man - Murder Them
General Degree - Traffic Blockin’
Lexxus - Cook
Wayne Wonder - Informer
Sean Paul - Deport Them
Sean Paul x Ceciel - Can You Do The Work
Sean Paul - Give Me A Try
Tanto Metro x Devonte - Everyone Falls In Love
Lexxus - Ring Mi Celle
Barrington Levy - Work
Capleton - In Her Heart
Kenny Dope and Terry Hunter - No Hook
Roska - Freaky ft Dread MC x Bay-C x MC Fox x Serocee
Roska - Squark
Major Lazer - Mash Up the Dance
DJ Gregory - Don't Panic (Karizma Dub)
Roska - Lose Ya Mind ft Alesha Lee
Marlon D - Jesus Creates Sound
Roska - I Need Love
Jovonn - Banger
Roska - Wonderful Day
Dennis Ferrer - P 2 Da J
Todd Terry - Sunday Morning (Kenny Dope Dub)
Zed Bias ft McRumpus and Nicky Prince - Neighbourhood 09 (Roska remix)
Invasion Records - The Print (Roska Edit Mix)
Karizma - Darqness
Zinc - 128 Trek
Zed Bias - Spare Ribs
Wookie - Stargate (Original Mix)
DJ Zinc - Super Sharp Shooter (Zed Bias Remix)
MasterStepz ft. Richie Dan - R U Ready
Menta - Snake Charmer
Gods Gift - Mic Tribute (Remix)
Beatfreaks - Speakerbox
Menta - Sounds Of Da Future
Jammin - Hold On
Genes - Congo
Benga - Skank
Coki - Tortured (Original Mix)