on 27 August 2014
A lot of the songs on the LP sound unfinished, but the ones that don't are something special.
Attak is easily the best track on the album so i feel it to be such a shame that it was pre-released. The other pre-release track Raptor is pretty great and i don't understand the lack of love for it right now, or maybe i'm just critically blinded by the long awaited arrival of new Rustie material. Velcro which pre-release featured in the Messi tribute video, i dunno, i was left wanting more.
As for the previously unheard tracks, oh God Up Down, lets's skip that s*** over. He Hate Me i quite enjoy, this release is the first time we get to see how guest vocalists would sound on Rustie Beatzz and in some cases they work, others not so much. Minus Attak and He Hate Me, the guest vocalist tracks feature seemingly watered down Rustie beats, possibly because i'd imagine Rustie unhinged is pretty hard to rap over unless you're DB (see three tracks in Old) so Lost, Dream On and (ugh) Up Down fall flat.
As for the pure crazed audio barage tracks we've come to expect from Russel, as a mentioned above they most feel unfinished and too short in comparison to what was in Glass Swords. The closer and title track Green Language restored my faith that Rustie hasn't completely lost his intriguing edge since Triadzz/Slasherr. But was it as crazy and satisfying an outro a Crystal Echo? Not even close.
Close Rustie, but no banana.
THIS S*** IS BANANAS, B A N A N A S
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on 25 August 2014
Rustie's kaleidoscopic debut `Glass Swords' debut was a showcase of light emitting excess that was often brilliant, but let down by just way too many ideas for anyones ears to process unless you were a teenager.
So will Rustie give his young fans more of what they want on his new album `Green Language', or pipe things down for old gits like me? He's decided to do neither by mostly abandoning his maximalist approach for something more pop-friendly. The dreamy opening `Workship' and `A Glimpse' are stripped so far back that they lose any of the impact and creativity we are accustomed to from Rustie, leaving you with two undemanding synth tracks. Its not till the breathless 'Raptor' that Rustie wakes up, where infuriating sliding synths and peppering hi-hats shimmer and scream all over a hip hop track.
`Paradise Stone' takes a step back with another tepid wash of synths before `Up Down' featuring D Double E and `Attak' with Danny Brown ramp things up. The former is a standard trap rehash, but the intriguing `Attak' works a treat as Rustie finds a suitably unhinged comrade in the scatter-brained Brown. The rest of the album doesn't even sound like Rustie, its as if his dad decided to give it a go since all the tracks are full of clunky synth triggers and washes mixed in with RnB and hip-hop. Nowhere is this more apparent than `Lost' featuring Redinho, a track so spectacularly bad that the word "Why?" repeats in your head for as long as the track plays.
The final title track shows that Rustie has the potential to develop beyond his wildly maximalist style. Its obvious that `Green Language' is heading full tilt for the mainstream, but Rustie has lost a lot of his hyperactive identity which made him so much fun to listen to. His music is all about energy, peaks and blowouts, disorientating gems 'Raptor' and `Attak' fall under Rustie at his mind-bending best, but the rest of this album is a syrupy puddle of day-glo dull.