Rustie - Glass Swords
Glasgow producer Rustie's debut full-length Glass Swords is quite simply electronic indulgence, but of the best kind. Having emerged back in 2007 with the rest of the Numbers crew, it’s been quite a wait for a fully-fledged album and the thirteen tracks contained within are everything we could have hoped for.
Taking a garish arena-rock approach to his productions, Glass Swords has got some pretty mighty hooks going on, with cuts like album highlight ‘Hover Traps’ and its slap-bass intro burrowing into your head as soon as you hear it. ‘Ultra Thizz’ revels in its technicolor stabs of spacey synth-work and high-pitched vocals, while the warbling bass that punctuates ‘Death Mountain’ throbs through your body before descending into starry melodies. ‘Cry Flames’ touches on dubstep with its drop, but keeps you on your feet with skittering percussion, schizophrenic electronic loops and piano. There’s a whole kaleidoscope of sounds on offer on Glass Swords, but the way Rustie manages to keep it sounding so cohesive and just damn catchy is the biggest feat here. This is quite possibly one of the most exciting, and just plain fun, electronic debuts this year.