Rustie Reworked The Diplo & Skrillex Smash “Where Are Ü Now”
The Scottish producer put his own touches on the hypnotic hit.
One of the most surprising songs on Diplo and Skrillex’s Jack Ü collaboration was “Where Are Ü Now” with Justin Bieber, an alluring combination of the pop star's heartthrob croons, the two producers' beloved, canyon-sized drops, and the year’s strangest flute sound. The song became a top 20 hit, and it may prove to be the key to the next phase of Justin Bieber, who’s been trying to break away from his straight-ahead pop days with a stream of bad behavior and the R&B-drenched Journals album.
Now the Scottish producer Rustie has gotten his hands on "Where Are Ü Now." His version is a little faster, a little peppier—he warps Bieber’s voice and relocates it in the middle of a plush bed of synthesizers. When the drop arrives, Rustie doesn’t mess with it, except to add more weight to the arrangement wherever he can. Check the new version out below, and read FADER’s GEN F on the producer.