• Trap Producer Rustie's Brilliant 'Green Language' Is for the Birds

    Trap Producer Rustie's Brilliant 'Green Language' Is for the Birds

    Since the 2010 release of his acclaimed Warp debut, Sunburst, where he solidified his frenetic, off-kilter blend of dubstep, funk and hip-hop, Glasgow producer Rustie—often credited with popularizing the divisive sound of trap—has slowly edged toward new influences, whether on his 2011 full-length, Glass Swords, which saw his first collaborations with AlunaGeorge and Nightwave, or his 2012 BBC Essential Mix, which included everyone from Lone to Destiny's Child. His sophomore effort Green Language excels, however, not only because of its smooth integration of ambient, experimental and R&B influences, but also as a seamlessly ranging and novel concept album.The record's title is synonymous with an ancient mystic tradition called the Language of the Birds, which revolves around the idea of human communication with birds through song.

  • White Fence Up Their Game on Ty Segall-Produced 'For the Recently Found Innocent'

    White Fence Up Their Game on Ty Segall-Produced 'For the Recently Found Innocent'

    With the aid of producer Ty Segall, White Fence's Tim Presley has delivered on the promise of his increasingly enthralling bedroom recordings with For The Recently Found Innocent. The studio release is the LA psych-rocker's sixth album under his White Fence moniker, which originated in 2010 amid the demise of his former band Darker My Love. In addition to enlisting Segall, smaller details, including the addition of touring member and Thee Oh Sees drummer Nick Murray, the album's striking cover, and its release on indie mainstay Drag City, all suggest a consciously bolder effort.For The Recently Found Innocent is as much a lesson in self-awareness as it is a thoroughly enjoyable listen. Over the last four years, Presley has recorded at a relentless rate in his Echo Park home, releasing a handful of albums on homespun labels like Woodsist and Castle Face.

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