Roska is back on his own imprint, Roska Kicks & Snares, and as one would expect from the UK funky supremo, this is a total sound-system banger, the type your mother warned you about. Patriotism is of course the last refuge of the scoundrel, so we hope we’re not being overly-patriotic when we say there is something about the UK scene at the moment which really is pushing things forward; the likes of Roska, MA1, Funkysteps bringing out tunes that, in their swagger and groove, soar above the slew of 4/4 been-there-done-that house releases that clog the arteries of an over-crowded market. Frst & Frmst is an intense, funky work-out, bowing to the label name with scintillating kicks, snares n hats going head to head with a synth line that sounds something like a kazoo or a chorus of happy-hardcore flies to produce a delirious, inspired title track. On Lean Green he teams up with Hyperdub’s DVA. Scratcha’s more psychedelic leanings are kept in check here and this is a straight-up, nailed-on dancefloor killer, with flying cymbals that would make Johnnie Clarke’s dreads stand on end. A superb pair of tracks.