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Background information
Birth nameRussell Whyte
Also known asRustie Russ
Born (1983-01-04) 4 January 1983 (age 37)
OriginPollokshields, Glasgow, Scotland
Occupation(s)Producer, musician
InstrumentsComputers, guitar
Years active2007–present
LabelsWarp, LuckyMe, Numbers, Hyperdub, Wireblock, Stuffrecords
Associated actsHudson Mohawke, Zomby, AlunaGeorge, Nightwave, Danny Brown

Rustie (born Russell Whyte) is a Scottish musician from Glasgow. He first received attention for his 2007 EP Jagz the Smack, and signed to Warp Records in 2009. His 2011 debut album Glass Swords won him widespread acclaim. His music blends disparate genres, including hip hop, rave, and video game music.[3]


Rustie's first instrument was guitar and he bought his first decks at age 15. He is associated with the subgenre of aquacrunk, 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.[4] 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 video games has influenced his approach to electronic composition.[5]

Rustie's first singles were released in 2007 and 2008.[6] 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.[7][8][9] 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."[10]

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.[11] 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.[12][13]

Rustie released his second album, Green Language, on 26 August 2014 on Warp Records. Two tracks from the album, 'Raptor'[14][15] and 'Attak (feat. Danny Brown)',[16] 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 show for XOYO Loves at London's Coronet Theatre on 29 November 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.[17][18]

Previously, Whyte has played live with collaborators, Redinho at his album launch party hosted at London's Oval Space on 18 September 2014 and also with production/ vocal duo AlunaGeorge[19] and Koreless.

On 6 April 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.[20]

At the beginning of November 2015, Rustie announced that his third album, Evenifudontbelieve, would be released on 5 November.[21] Evenifudontbelieve was released via Warp Records,[22] having made two of the singles taken from the album, "First Mythz" and "Peace Upzzz" available for stream only days prior to the release.[23]

Late November 2015, saw Rustie take part in a live Q&A with fans on Reddit, answering questions on a range of subjects including his production techniques, his influences and previous collaborations.[24]


As well as his own material, Whyte has produced three tracks for Danny Brown's 2013 album Old.[25]

Personal life[edit]

At the age of 15, Whyte was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.[26]

In the midst of Evenifudontbelieve's release cycle and tour, Whyte announced that he would be cancelling all concerts "due to addiction and mental health problems"[27]


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details
Glass Swords
Green Language
  • Release: 26 August 2014
  • Label: Warp
  • Release: 5 November 2015
  • Label: Warp


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"
(featuring Danny Brown)
Green Language
2014 "Lost"
(featuring Redinho)
2015 "Big Catzz" Evenifudontbelieve

"—" 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)


  1. ^ Aguiar, Steven. "RUSTIE GOES ACOUSTIC FOR A LIVE SESSION ON BBC RADIO". MTV. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
  2. ^ Harvell, Jess (18 October 2011). "Rustie :Glass Swords". Pitchfork. Retrieved 19 March 2014.
  3. ^ Birchmeier, Jason. "Biography - Rustie". AllMusic. Retrieved 4 August 2019.
  4. ^ Bakare, Lanre (20 October 2008). "Scene and heard: Get ready for aquacrunk". The Guardian. London.
  5. ^ "Interview: Rustie used to produce like how gamers game. | Kill Screen | Pitchfork". 31 May 2012. Archived from the original on 12 October 2012. Retrieved 19 March 2020.
  6. ^ LaBonte, Brad (12 October 2010). "Sunburst". Dusted Magazine.
  7. ^ Reynaldo, Shawn (10 October 2011). "Glass Swords". XLR8R.
  8. ^ Gibb, Rory (27 September 2011). "Glass Swords". BBC.
  9. ^ Macpherson, Alex (6 October 2011). "Glass Swords". The Guardian. London.
  10. ^ LaBonte, Brad (11 October 2011). "Glass Swords". Dusted Magazine.
  11. ^ "Rustie features on new Olympic Adidas advert". 10 July 2012. Retrieved 21 September 2014.
  12. ^ Jonze, Tim (9 February 2012). "Guardian first album award: Rustie". The Guardian. London.
  13. ^ Hann, Michael (6 January 2012). "The Guardian first album award 2012: our shortlist". The Guardian. London.
  14. ^ Dombal, Ryan. "Rustie – Raptor". Pitchfork. Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 30 June 2014.
  15. ^ Minsker, Evan. "Rustie Details New Album Green Language". Pitchfork. Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 25 July 2014.
  16. ^ "Rustie - "Attak" [ft. Danny Brown]". Pitchfork. Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 6 August 2019.
  17. ^ "Green Language Live - 2015 World Tour Dates". Warp Records. London. 6 December 2014.
  18. ^ "Rustie takes Green Language on world tour starting January 2015". FACT Magazine. London. 6 December 2014.
  19. ^ "Rustie: London live Show update, AlunaGeorge & Koreless added". Warp Records. London. 13 August 2014.
  20. ^ "RA: Rustie tour dates". Retrieved 19 March 2020.
  21. ^ [1]
  22. ^ "Rustie's new album 'Evenifyoudontbelieve' has dropped". Mixmag. Retrieved 5 November 2015.
  23. ^ "Rustie". SoundCloud. Retrieved 5 November 2015.
  24. ^ "[AMA] Ayyy this is Rustie from Glasgow. I have just released my 3rd album on Warp Records. Ask me anything. • /r/Music". reddit. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  25. ^ "Danny Brown Reveals New Album Title, Collaborations With A$AP Rocky, Purity Ring, Rustie". Pitchfork. London. 17 December 2012.
  26. ^ 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.
  27. ^ Rustie (19 December 2015). "Due to addiction & mental health problems, all gigs in the near future are cancelled. Very very sorry & hope to see u all soon". Twitter.
  28. ^ Peak positions in the United Kingdom:

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