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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


Absolutely loving it. It's like an electronica remix album of some long lost Sega Genesis soundtrack.

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Seriously sick and it just keeps getting sicker. It's not even fair to call it "bass music" or to link it to that Hudson Mohawk sound. Behind all the bonkers bleeps and bloops there are just some fantastic ideas here, more changes and inventive twists that most EDM dudes make in a lifetime. It's fully formed, like something you've heard before but beamed in from the future. And though you can't barely hum the songs, you'll be hearing them in your head.

As for the other reviewer who recommends people take drugs while listening to this CD? ABSOLUTELY. You can't do enough. Play this through headphones and like, sniff markers or something and you'd be tripping face. An incredible achievement, seriously--god bless us everyone.


Definitely an evolution of the Glasgow/LuckyMe/HudMo sound, but Rustie takes the whole 80's glitz + 90's glitch to a whole new level. It's a beautiful perversion: 90's trance sounds forcibly inserted into hip hop and dubstep beats.


Born: 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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