After a year of remixes and singles, Substation Recordings co-founder Rusty Meeks presents Airplane Mode, the follow up to his 2014 self-titled debut.
In keeping with the off-kilter atmosphere that’s come to characterize his works, Airplane Mode presents four tracks that would sound equally at home in a sci-fi thriller as they would on a packed dance floor.
The intro track “You Heard What I Said” is characterized by a sinister bassline and disembodied bells that linger over the beat. The effect is haunting, but far from making people flee in fear. Rather, it seems designed to fit right in with the dark, intimate venues that Rusty Meeks usually frequents.
The title track “Airplane Mode” summarizes the direction Substation has been heading in as of late. The elements in the song are untethered by any genre. Recordings of airport PA announcements and leading experimental percussion aren’t typically attributes found heavily in club-oriented music. Yet, the innovator Rusty Meeks has taken these and transformed them into a dance music offering, one with a uniqueness that won’t be easily forgotten.
“Home Bru” lives up to its name. The frame of this song is a traditional house jack, but with Rusty Meeks anything traditional is quickly taken into untraditional territory. As the track progresses a barrage of tribal percussion takes over, letting the listener create their own beat as synth-hits drone on in the background.
The final track “Curtains Cobain” sees Rusty Meeks shifting tonalities once again. This track is driven by latin-inspired percussion and uplifting punchy synths.
With these four tracks, Rusty Meeks has clearly explained why the year long wait for his next solo EP was worth it. The energy of the tracks will bring dancefloors together, while their innovative and eccentric composition proves once again that Substation isn’t afraid to push the envelope musically.