Real Name:
Wayne Goodlitt
Even among his contemporaries, Roska stands out as a unique proposition. His music – an explosive cocktail of swung house percussion, blocky melodies and body-battering sub-bass – is immediately distinctive, marked out both by his own production hallmarks and the cheeky ‘Roska!’ vocal motif that peppers his tracks.

2012 was Roska’s biggest year to date, finding him busy touring and DJing across the globe, playing new music on his weekly show on Rinse FM,
and releasing a formidable new full-length for Rinse, Rinse Presents: Roska 2. Featuring vocals from, among others, Sweetie Irie and Mz Bratt, and collaborations with Swindle and Funtcase, it was a set of tracks based in house but stretching far and wide for inspiration, twisting grime, dubstep and garage to suit his own vision.

Rinse Presents: Roska 2 was a bold victory lap, feeling like the culmination of the last several years’ worth of DJing and musical development. Its broad reach is unsurprising, given the many avenues Roska has explored since he first began to attract attention in 2007, when DJs from the then-burgeoning funky scene began to take notice of his raw and gritty productions. Strongly linked to his own personal history in grime, his syncopated and distinctly UK-rooted tracks – like minimal jacker ‘Feeline’ – swiftly became highlights of sets by tastemaking DJs and took the underground by storm.

Roska started his Rinse FM show in 2009. This proved to be the catalyst his music needed to trigger off the next phase in its development. With a regular audience exposed to his own new tracks as well as those he was supporting, he began to carve out an increasingly unique and playful take on house music, blending cartoonish melodic motifs with sucker punch sub-bass and sultry, swung rhythms. In the time period since, his show has acted as a vital platform both for his own new tracks and that of the artists whose music he is supporting and DJing.

So as what was once called ‘funky’ drained out of the clubs, and its originators started making and playing different sounds, Roska’s music has continued to explore its own world. 2010’s Rinse Presents: Roska showed off the range of his sound, with vocal anthems like the Jamie George-featuring ‘Wonderful Day’ sitting comfortably alongside wild club tracks like ‘Squark’ and ‘Hey Cutie’. He continued with a string of 12"s for labels like Hotflush, Numbers and Tectonic, collaborations with sub-heavy explorers Untold and Pinch, and remixes for names as varied as Four Tet, Mosca, Modeselektor and Katy B. Most recently, Rinse Presents: Roska 2 gathered together all of those ideas into his most ambitious statement to date.

Thoughout that time his reputation as a formidable DJ has continued to rise, bolstered by his ongoing weekly Rinse FM appearances. In 2012 he played at a string of major UK and European festivals, including Lovebox, Global Gathering, Camden Crawl, Outlook, Boomtown Fair and Manchester’s Pangaea Festival, and holds a Roska Presents residency every four months at London’s Fabric. His Roska Kicks & Snares label has grown from an early outlet for his own tracks into a platform to release music by friends and likeminded producers, including Champion, Doc Daneeka and Shox. He was interviewed for a Red Bull Music Academy lecture in 2010 and in the time period since then has played for them and made lecture appearances across Europe.

He’s never far from the darkened club spaces where he made his name, though, regularly playing incendiary sets in packed basements around the UK – and always maintaining the immediacy and physical impact that’s defined his music from the very start.
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Roska Discography


MR006MP3 Roska & Jamie George Roska & Jamie George - Wonderful Day(8xFile, MP3) Roska Kicks & Snares MR006MP3 UK 2009
Roska Roska (Album) Rinse Recordings UK 2010 Sell This Version
RINSE CD 026 Roska Rinse Presents: Roska 2(CDr, Album) Rinse Recordings RINSE CD 026 UK 2012 Sell This Version
RINSECD026 Roska Rinse Presents: Roska 2(CD, Album) Rinse Recordings RINSECD026 UK 2012 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Roska The Climate Change EP (EP) Roska Kicks & Snares UK 2008 Sell This Version
MR 001 Mentor Roska* Feeline / Boxed In(12", W/Lbl) Roska Kicks & Snares MR 001 UK 2008 Sell This Version
MR004 Roska Elevated Levels E.P.(12", EP, W/Lbl, Sti) Roska Kicks & Snares MR004 UK 2008 Sell This Version
Roska TWC EP (EP) Roska Kicks & Snares UK 2009 Sell This Version
MR005 Roska In Your Handbag(12") Roska Kicks & Snares MR005 UK 2009 Sell This Version
MR006 Roska & Jamie George Roska & Jamie George - Love 2 Nite / Wonderful Day(12", W/Lbl, Sti) Roska Kicks & Snares MR006 UK 2009 Sell This Version
Roska Love 2 Nite (EP) Rinse Recordings UK 2010 Sell This Version
Roska & Untold Roska & Untold - Myth (Single) Numbers. UK 2010 Sell This Version
Rinse_004 Roska Squark(12", EP) Rinse Recordings Rinse_004 UK 2010 Sell This Version
Roska Error Code / Abrupt Hotflush Recordings UK 2011 Sell This Version
Pinch (2) & Loefah / Pinch (2) & Roska Pinch (2) & Loefah / Pinch (2) & Roska - Broken / Paranormal Activity (Single) Tectonic UK 2011 Sell This Version
Rinse_007 Roska The Jackpot EP(12") Rinse Recordings Rinse_007 UK 2011 Sell This Version
MR018 Roska / Tickles* / J:Kenzo Roska / Tickles* / J:Kenzo - RKS Allstars Vol. 2(12") Roska Kicks & Snares MR018 UK 2011 Sell This Version
Roska Blurry / Spearhead Tectonic UK 2012 Sell This Version
RINSE012 Roska Rinse Presents: Roska 2 : 12” Number One(12") Rinse RINSE012 UK 2012 Sell This Version
Pinch (2) / Roska Pinch (2) / Roska - Shoulda Rolla (Single) Tectonic UK 2013 Sell This Version
RINSE033 Roska Shocking E.P.(12", EP) Rinse Recordings RINSE033 UK 2013 Sell This Version
FGRCH 016 Roska & Napt Roska & Napt - Mr Oscar / Roar(2xFile, MP3, Single, 320) Fool's Gold Clubhouse FGRCH 016 US 2014
MR041 Roska - Jamie George Roska - Jamie George - Movin'(File, MP3, Single, 320) Roska Kicks & Snares MR041 UK 2014
Roska Hyperion EP (EP) Tectonic UK 2015 Sell This Version
4SEA003 Callahan (11) / Roska Callahan (11) / Roska - Alloy EP(12", EP) 4 Seasons Music 4SEA003 UK 2016 Sell This Version