Associated with Warp Records, among other labels, Rustie is an acclaimed producer from the United Kingdom, whose style draws from hip-hop, electro, and '90s video games. Born Russell Whyte and hailing from Glasgow, Scotland, he initially garnered acclaim in 2007 with Jagz the Smack, a limited-edition five-track EP on Stuff Records. He followed suit with the 2008 single "Zig-Zag," which was included on DJ Mary Anne Hobbs' Wild Angels compilation the following year, shortly after the release of another EP, Bad Science, for Wireblock. Alongside his own output, he released high-profile remix work for the labels BPitch Control (Modeselektor's "Happy Birthday!"), Warp (Pivot's "In the Blood"), and Hyperdub (Zomby's "Spliff Dub"), collaborated with Joker ("Play Doe"), and also made a name for himself as a DJ.
In late 2009, Rustie joined the Warp roster and was featured on the compilation 2010, a showcase for the label's latest signees. Released in 2010, the Sunburst EP led nicely into 2011's debut full-length release, Glass Swords. The album received many favorable reviews and was featured on numerous year-end lists, including those from Fact and The Wire. Rustie also released variations of the tracks from his album with vocal lines added; "Surph" featured Nightwave and "After Light" featured AlunaGeorge. In 2013, Rustie lent his production skills to rapper Danny Brown's album Old, co-writing "Side B (Dope Song)," "Break It (Go)," and "Way Up Here." Brown returned the favor by appearing on the single "Attak," which was issued ahead of his 2014 album, Green Language. ~ Jason Birchmeier, Rovi