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Background information
Birth name Russell Whyte
Also known as Rustie Russ
Origin Pollokshields, Glasgow, Scotland
Genres Electronic dance music, wonky, instrumental hip hop, dubstep, grime
Occupation(s) Producer
Years active 2007–present
Labels Warp Records, LuckyMe, Numbers, Hyperdub, Wireblock, Stuffrecords
Associated acts Hudson Mohawke, Zomby, AlunaGeorge, Nightwave, Danny Brown
Website Rustie on Myspace

Rustie (born Russell Whyte) is a Scottish musician from Glasgow.


Rustie's first instrument was guitar and he bought his first decks at age 15. He is associated with the sub-genre of lazer hip hop, a genre described as an experimental offshoot of hip hop that emphasizes slowed down, low-slung beats, with lashings of electronic mutterings and morphing basslines.[1] He believes his work conveys movement and fluidity, and that his creative process is an "immersive world" wrapped up in sound, rhythm, and color. Rustie's long-time interest in videogames has influenced his approach to electronic composition.[2]

Rustie's first singles were released in 2007 and 2008.[3] The producer signed with Warp Records in 2010 for the release of Sunburst EP. In 2011, Rustie released his first album Glass Swords on Warp Records.[4][5][6] Brad LaBonte of Dusted Magazine wrote "Glass Swords contains some of the freshest, most exciting electronic dance music I've heard this year. Put simply, nothing sounds like this record."[7]

In 2012, "After Light" from Glass Swords was included in an Adidas television advertisement featuring British track and field athlete Jessica Ennis prior to the 2012 Olympic Games.[8] Three tracks from Glass Swords ("After Light", "Ultra Thizz" and "Surph") were used in the soundtrack to the video game Sleeping Dogs.

The same year, Glass Swords won The Guardian's First Album Award.[9][10]

Rustie released his second album, Green Language, on 26 August 2014 on Warp Records. Two tracks from the album, 'Raptor'[11][12] and 'Attak (feat. Danny Brown)',[13] received "best new track" awards by Pitchfork." Following the release, a second single, 'Lost (feat. Redinho)', was premiered by Zane Lowe on BBC Radio 1.

After a stunning show at London's Coronet Theatre on November 29th 2014 featuring special guest, rapper Danny Brown, Rustie announced his upcoming 2015 live world tour. The 'Green Language' tour features dates across Europe, Australia and the USA and will showcase immersive 3D visuals by A-Rock including lost Egyptian artefacts, swarms of birds amongst other amazing effects. [14] [15]


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details
Glass Swords
Green Language


Title Album details
Jagz The Smack
Bad Science


Year Title Peak chart positions Album
2008 "Zig-Zag" Bad Science
2011 "All Nite" Glass Swords
"Ultra Thizz"
2012 "Surph"
(featuring Nightwave)
"After Light"
(featuring AlunaGeorge)
2013 "Triadzz / Slasherr"
2014 "Attak (feat. Danny Brown)" Green Language
2014 "Lost (feat. Redinho)" Green Language

"—" denotes single that did not chart.


  • "Spliff Dub" by Zomby on Mush / Spliff Dub (2008)
  • "Another Day" by Jamie Lidell on Another Day (2008)
  • "Let Me See What U Workin With" by Rod Lee on Let Me See What U Workin With (2008)
  • "Drama" by Fool on Drama (2008)
  • "In This" by Various Production on Versus (2008)
  • "In The Blood" by Pivot on In The Blood (2008)
  • "The Black Block" by Modeselektor on Happy Birthday! Remixed #2 (2008)
  • "No Security" by Crookers feat. Kelis on No Security (2009)
  • "Ariel" by Stateless on Ninja Tune XX: 20 Years Of Beats & Pieces (2010)
  • "Ariel" (Second version credited as 'Rustie's Pentagram Remake') by Stateless on Ninja Tune XX No. 1 (2010)
  • "I'm Gone" by Lazer Sword on Lazer Sword (2010)
  • "G41" by 8Bitch on G41 (2010)
  • "Dominos" by The Big Pink on Chysalis Music 2010 Coachella (2010)
  • "Fancy Forty" by Lunice on Stacker Upper (2010)
  • "On My Mind" by Joker on On My Mind (2011)
  • "Lose Yourself" by Surkin on Lose Yourself (2012)
  • "Love in Motion" by SebastiAn on Love in Motion (2012)
  • "Ratchet" by Bloc Party on Four (Deluxe Edition) (2013)
  • "Trouble on My Mind" by Pusha T feat. Tyler, the Creator via Soundcloud (2013)


  1. ^ Bakare, Lanre (20 October 2008). "Scene and heard: Get ready for aquacrunk". The Guardian (London). 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ LaBonte, Brad (12 October 2010). "Sunburst". Dusted Magazine. 
  4. ^ Reynaldo, Shawn (10 October 2011). "Glass Swords". XLR8R. 
  5. ^ Gibb, Rory (27 September 2011). "Glass Swords". BBC. 
  6. ^ Macpherson, Alex (6 October 2011). "Glass Swords". London: The Guardian. 
  7. ^ LaBonte, Brad (11 October 2011). "Glass Swords". Dusted Magazine. 
  8. ^ "Rustie features on new Olympic Adidas advert". Retrieved 21 September 2014. 
  9. ^ Jonze, Tim (9 February 2012). "Guardian first album award: Rustie". The Guardian (London). 
  10. ^ Hann, Michael (6 January 2012). "The Guardian first album award 2012: our shortlist". The Guardian (London). 
  11. ^ Dombal, Ryan. "Rustie – Raptor". Pitchfork. Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 30 June 2014. 
  12. ^ Minsker, Evan. "Rustie Details New Album Green Language". Pitchfork. Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 25 July 2014. 
  13. ^ Pitchfork (Pitchfork Media) |url= missing title (help). Retrieved 1 October 2014. 
  14. ^ "Green Language Live - 2015 World Tour Dates". Warp Records (London). 6 December 2014. 
  15. ^ "Rustie takes Green Language on world tour staring January 2015". FACT Magazine (London). 6 December 2014. 
  16. ^ Peak positions in the United Kingdom:

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