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Album Review

Since his 2007 debut, this young Glaswegian producer’s peak-time club spin on mainstream R&B and rap has, in an intrepid fashion, grown increasingly hyperactive, thrill-oriented, and indulgent. On Glass Swords, Rustie continues to integrate the currently hip and terminally unhip — garish probes of ‘80s synth rock, beaten-to-a-pulp dance-pop, ‘90s rave, and bass music, to name four of several drawing points — all for the sake of a rush. Integrate is a light way of putting it, though; the method is more like slathering, layer after layer, with no concern for restraint or tastefulness, though each track is shaped into a songlike structure. Any questions as to whether Rustie would use the album format as a way to refine his sound are answered within a minute of “Flash Back,” the first full-blown track, when a synthetic thumb-style bassline enters to anchor swarms of wistful synthesizers and ricocheting drums. The whole thing is designed for instant pleasure (or immediate repulsion), even when the titles evoke treacherous levels of a fantasy video game. Yes, this all sounds like the work of someone who once titled a production “Inside Pikachu’s C**t.”

Customer Reviews

A triumph!

Awesome album - so much energy! It's a shame Rustie doesn't get more airplay in the UK. Keep up the good work.

Glass Swords - A Triumph

The freshest & most innovative sound to come out of music in recent times. The mix of 80's keyboard, electro, gaming influenced soundtracks, perfect beats & that little touch of Rustie genius have launched this epic album to great adulation.

'Flash Back', 'Ultra Thizz' & 'All Nite' are stand out tracks with all other listings offering a fantastic explosion of amazing new combinations of sound for the ear drums.

A modern triumph - Great Work..!

Twitter - @L2theI

Something in the buckey.......

Album of the year?
Certainly a contender.



Born: 04 January 1983 in Glasgow, Scotland

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Associated with Warp Records, among other labels, Rustie is an acclaimed producer from the United Kingdom, whose style draws from hip-hop, electro, and '90s video games. Born Russell Whyte and hailing from Glasgow, Scotland, he initially garnered acclaim in 2007 with Jagz the Smack, a limited-edition five-track EP on Stuff Records. He followed suit with the 2008 single "Zig-Zag," which was included on DJ Mary Anne Hobbs' Wild Angels compilation the following year, shortly after the release of another...
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