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Green Language by Rustie
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5/10 Laurie 19 August 2014

Following from 2011's hyperactive Glass Swords, Rustie drops another polished electronica record in Green Language, once more on Warp.

A man adept at staying current, many of the 'post-dubstep' sounds of Glass Swords are replaced by oh-so-hot trap leanings, while keeping the level of energy mostly the same. You'll find plenty of hands in the air moments, like the spinning arps of 'Raptor' and the heroic 'Let's Spiral'. This time round Rustie escapes the bedroom to make a few friends to provide some vocals - the product of which is the slightly embarrassing 'Up Down'. Apparently, "it's gonna go down". Fans of grimey raps will be right at home here, with Danny Brown's additions on 'Attak' following the same trend, a sure plea for more commercial success.

It's clear that Rustie excels at more melodic, synth-driven instrumentals, some of which are unfortunately stifled before they can properly develop. 'A Glimpse' pretty much says it all. Longer excursions are far more rewarding, with 'Velcro' rekindling the spirit of 'Ultra Thizz', boasting some killer interplay between washy synth walls and stabby, climactic rhythms.

The man's sound has never pretended to be anything but exuberant and inyerface, and with this in mind, the sounds present on Green Language are entirely expected. But his attempt to bend his sound toward current trends just ends up sounding dated already, the rap verses being closer to playground chants than anything remotely poetic. If this happens again, you're "gonna go down" in my estimations, mate.


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