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Do It The Hard Way marks the return of Substation co-founder Rusty Meeks to the label's catalogue after a year-long wait.

The last appearance of the Calgary-based house artist was the Airplane Mode EP. The eccentric instrumentation, random samples, and usage of field recording firmly established Rusty Meeks as an artist that can effectively move the dance floor while simultaneously being off the wall.

Do It The Hard Way's two new tracks continue to build on this, retaining those same off-kilter flares while exploring new directions.

The title track of the EP is centred around a jazz vibe, with jazz samples warming up the first breakdown and continuing throughout the tracks. The horns give it a definite swing vibe, while the claps, pitch stretched vocal samples, and layers of instrumentation keep it rooted in Rusty Meek's own brand of house.

"Better Prospects" is a peak-time floor roller that bravely ventures towards the techno end of the spectrum. The bass is heavy, the chord hits are ominous, but Rusty Meeks still finds a way to make it fun with movie samples and high pitched, distorted synthesizers.

Rusty Meeks makes the types of tracks where you constantly find something new with every listen, a minute sound or layer. This means that the character of each track keeps evolving, and by the time you've discovered everything there's a fresh new EP like Do It The Hard Way to delve into.


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