It’s been quite some time since we’ve heard an all new, serotonin splashing song from Glasgow/LuckyMe/Warp/Numbers pusher Rustie. Since the release of 2011’s Glass Swords, the man born Russell Whyte has released a set of remixes as well as some highly acclaimed, vocalist-assisted retakes of album cuts, but nothing as remotely groundbreaking as his debut LP. And then there was “Slasherr”. Centered around some absurdist trance synth work and even more absurdist (dog yelping?) vocal samples, Rustie splits the difference between Armin Van Buren and DJ Toomp with a little bit of everything else tossed in for good measure. Stream “Slasherr” below (and cop it here) and look out for the full single release on March 18.
In a recent interview with Resident Advisor, Jackmaster referenced a Seth Troxler set he attended in Ibiza and its impact on his own DJ style: “I remembered that you don’t need to play a new track every two minutes. You can let stuff ride out and it can be just as effective as playing quickly.” While I don’t expect Jackmaster to completely change up his rapid fire sets, everyone would benefit from hearing more than two minutes of the absolutely massive exclusives he usually spins. Take his auspiciously named Mastermix 2012 for example, a captivating two hour journey that sums up the year better than just about anyone else could. From the opening salva of John Talabot’s “So Will Be Now” to SCNTST’s unreleased “Basement Structure”, the mix is brimming with brilliance from throughout the past 12 months. Fans of the Glasgow native’s faster-paced mixing will leave satiated as will those who want to hear Joy Orbison’s Donnell Jones remix play out. Stream below and download here in exchange for your internet digits.
Jackmaster is one sixth of the legendary Numbers crew, Rinse.FM regular and something of a relic in 2012. In this day and age, the concept of the DJ as separate from producer, as purveyor of what is cool and fresh is outdated. Guys like Jackmaster, Annie Mac, Ben UFO and Oneman are most likely the last of their kind. Radio shows are increasingly being helmed by the likes of Skream & Benga, Diplo, etc. and respectable DJ skills are on a precipitous decline on a mainstream level. I’ve never been lucky enough to see Jackmaster perform live (and I do consider what he does performance), I have been a religious listener of his Rinse.FM show and highly recommend it to anyone and everyone. Yesterday saw the release of Volume #3 of his Tweak-A-Holic series, replete with “vibey” 80’s hits. The mix gets going with Toto’s “Georgy Porgy” and moves on and on from there. Stream the mix below and head here to download it in exchange for your email.