RUSTIE GREEN LANGUAGE TOUR Much anticipated homecoming show from Russell Whyte
‘M ore serious’ is what Glasgow’s own Rustie (aka Russell Whyte) says he wanted from his follow-up to 2011 debut album Glass Swords. The original, he apparently thought, had thrown too much into the mix in terms of trying to make itself heard with ‘over-the-top silliness’. This summer’s Green Language would be a chance to do something more considered and grown-up, now everyone was listening.
But then, of course, it isn’t like Glass Swords had failed. On the contrary, it raked in good reviews for a hyperactive style which touched on dubstep, yacht rock, computer game soundtracks and hip hop beats, earning 2011’s Guardian First Album Award and many other end-of-year accolades along the way. His sound would earn him fans across the Atlantic, particularly among Pitchfork- reading hipsters who got his cultural reference
points, got EDM, but still wanted something a bit more involving from their bass. The result, which will be seen and heard at this live AV show, is Green Language. Following on from Rustie’s era-defining Radio 1 Essential Mix earlier this year, it’s an album whose finest moments stick to what everyone knows of his style while betraying a more expansive and anthemic sensibility. Welcoming guest vocalists including Danny Brown and Redinho, it’s at its best when only Rustie’s fingerprints are visible: for example, on the epic and hook-laden likes of ‘A Glimpse’, ‘Tempest’ and ‘Velcro’. This show should prove unmissable, although you may find yourself stopping to soak it all in rather than getting straight on the dancefloor. (David Pollock)
The Art School, Glasgow, Fri 24 Oct.
HITLIST THE BEST DANCEFLOOR ACTION
✽ Leon Vynehall at Nightvision The hot young producer making warm, disco-
tinged house blending old and nu school. Expect a set showcasing the records he loves, regardless of genre or credibility. La Belle Angele, Edinburgh, Fri 24 Oct; Sub Club, Glasgow, Sat 25 Oct.
✽ Magic Waves An electro / disco themed one-nighter with guests including Black Devil Disco Club (live) and Arthur Baker. See preview, page 58. SWG3, Glasgow, Fri 24 Oct.
✽ Erol Alkan Two dates from the
electro-clash founder and Phantasy label boss. Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh, Thu 30 Oct (with JD Twitch); Sub Club, Glasgow, Sun 2 Nov.
✽ Simple Things One day, three venues, and an incredible raft of live electronic acts (Autechre, Clark, Nightmares on Wax etc). See column, page 57. ABC, Broadcast, The Art School, Glasgow, Sat 1 Nov.
✽ Eton Messy Another talent-packed evening from the trendsetting blog,
including Blonde, Karma Kid and Bondax. The Arches, Glasgow, Sat 1 Nov.
✽ The Shimmy Presents Patrick Topping Sultry, bang-on-trend house
from the Hot Creations / Paradise / Defected star and DC10 resident. Saint Judes, Glasgow, Fri 7 Nov.
✽ FOAM New collaborative night with live sets from Hieroglyphic Being and Posthuman, and a DJ set from Plaid. See preview, page 56. The Art School, Glasgow, Sat 8 Nov.
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