With everyone still drooling over his debut EP “Jagz The Smack”, Rustie is back with a brand new record. Since the release of Jagz, Rustie has become an in demand live act and topic of nuff internet chat. The dizzying rate at which he produces demands a daily visit to his Myspace to check his latest beats. Alongside Hudson Mohawke (Warp) he is part of the Lucky Me crew, a group of producers, DJs and artists producing some of the most innovative hip-hop this side of Madlib.
Our Berlin brethren Modeselektor invited him to play at their recent I Love Modeselektor party in Paris, whilst online behemoth Boomkat declared Jagz The Smack to be their record of 2007. The Café De Phresh EP sees our man team up with California MCs Buddy Leezle and Cerebral Vortex from 215 The Freshest Kids for a record inspired by the two Ds – Drexciya and Dilla.
On Side A Leezle and Vortex let loose all over Rustie’s beats, reminding us that hip-hop is about partying, ladies and most of all having a dope sneaker collection. We kept the B-side for the instrumentals: think Drexciya style synth flourishes meets low-end dirty hip-hop swagger – Aquacrunk, as we like to call it. The first 500 records come in a screen printed 80s graffiti inspired sleeve created by Stuffrecords’ in-house designer and DJ, Goodhand (creator of the Flying Lotus reset game).
Support so far from Mark Pritchard, DJ /Rupture, Phon.O, Modeselektor, Jay Scarlett, Neil Landstrumm, Mary Anne Hobbes and more.