|Birth name||Russell Whyte|
|Also known as||Rustie Russ|
|Born||4 January 1983 (age 32)|
|Origin||Pollokshields, Glasgow, Scotland|
|Genres||Electronic dance music, wonky, instrumental hip hop, dubstep, grime|
|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 subgenre 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. 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.
Rustie's first singles were released in 2007 and 2008. 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. 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."
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. Three tracks from Glass Swords ("After Light", "Ultra Thizz" and "Surph") were used in the soundtrack to the video game Sleeping Dogs.
Rustie released his second album, Green Language, on 26 August 2014 on Warp Records. Two tracks from the album, 'Raptor' and 'Attak (feat. Danny Brown)', 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.
At the beginning of November 2015, Rustie announced that his third album, Evenifyoudontbelieve, would be released on November 5. The immediate release just a short time after the announcement came as a surprise to fans of his music. Evenifyoudontbelieve was released via Warp Records, having made two of the singles taken from the album, "First Mythz" and "Peace Upzzz" available for stream only days prior to the release.
After a show for XOYO Loves at London's Coronet Theatre on November 29th 2014 featuring special guest, rapper Danny Brown, Rustie announced his upcoming 2015, 'Green Language Live' world tour. The 'Green Language' tour is his largest to date and features dates across Europe, Australia, the USA and Korea. The events will showcase immersive 3D visuals by A-Rock including lost Egyptian artefacts, swarms of birds amongst other extravagant effects.
Previously, Whyte has played live with collaborators, Redinho at his album launch party hosted at London's Oval Space on September 18th 2014 and also with production/ vocal duo AlunaGeorge and Koreless.
On April 6, 2015, Rustie announced the next North American leg of his Green Language World Tour. It includes stops at a number of festivals including performances at Sasquatch, Bonnaroo, Firefly and Governors Ball.
Rustie's production credits run far beyond his own material. Whyte has produced tracks for artists such as Danny Brown, on his 2013 album, 'Old'. This particular collaboration came into existence after Whyte simply emailed Brown saying, 'Yo, I want to submit you some tracks for the album.' Brown ended up using 3 of the 7 tracks Rustie sent for consideration.
|Jagz The Smack||
|Year||Title||Peak chart positions||Album|
|2011||"All Nite"||—||Glass Swords|
|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)
- "Brand New" by Gucci Mane (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)
- "Back Seat Ho" by Machinedrum (2014)
- "Beautiful" by A. G. Cook (2014)
- "Midnight" by Joker (Musician) (2014)
- "Hit Da Blokk" by Big Dope P (2015)
- "Where Are Ü Now" by Jack Ü with Justin Bieber (2015)
- Bakare, Lanre (20 October 2008). "Scene and heard: Get ready for aquacrunk". The Guardian (London).
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- LaBonte, Brad (12 October 2010). "Sunburst". Dusted Magazine.
- Reynaldo, Shawn (10 October 2011). "Glass Swords". XLR8R.
- Gibb, Rory (27 September 2011). "Glass Swords". BBC.
- Macpherson, Alex (6 October 2011). "Glass Swords". London: The Guardian.
- LaBonte, Brad (11 October 2011). "Glass Swords". Dusted Magazine.
- "Rustie features on new Olympic Adidas advert". Factmag.com. Retrieved 21 September 2014.
- Jonze, Tim (9 February 2012). "Guardian first album award: Rustie". The Guardian (London).
- Hann, Michael (6 January 2012). "The Guardian first album award 2012: our shortlist". The Guardian (London).
- Dombal, Ryan. "Rustie – Raptor". Pitchfork. Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 30 June 2014.
- Minsker, Evan. "Rustie Details New Album Green Language". Pitchfork. Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 25 July 2014.
- Pitchfork (Pitchfork Media) http://pitchfork.com/reviews/tracks/17004-rustie-attak-ft-danny-brown/. Retrieved 1 October 2014. Missing or empty
- "Rustie's new album 'Evenifyoudontbelieve' has dropped". Mixmag. Retrieved 2015-11-05.
- "Rustie". SoundCloud. Retrieved 2015-11-05.
- "Green Language Live - 2015 World Tour Dates". Warp Records (London). 6 December 2014.
- "Rustie takes Green Language on world tour starting January 2015". FACT Magazine (London). 6 December 2014.
- "Rustie: London live Show update, AlunaGeorge & Koreless added". Warp Records (London). 13 August 2014.
- "Danny Brown Reveals New Album Title, Collaborations With A$AP Rocky, Purity Ring, Rustie". Pitchfork (London). 17 December 2012.
- Rustie (7 July 2015). "Rustie - This track saved me when I was 15 & wanted to die after being diagnosed insulin dependent for the rest of my life". Facebook.
- Peak positions in the United Kingdom:
- For "After Light": "New Chart Entries – August 18, 2012". The Zobbel Website. 18 August 2012.