Where They’re From: Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia
When They Started: 2000
Sounds Like: The music from Mario Kart’s Koopa Troopa Beach, chopped and screwed.
When it comes to the game of bass, the members of Hermitude are no rookies. Having shared stages with the likes of Dizzee Rascal, Rüfüs Du Sol, RJD2 and more, DJs Luke Dubber (Luke Dubs) and Angus Stuart (El Gusto) have come a long way since they began collaborating as schoolboys, jamming out with Stuart’s sister on bass in their project, Funk Injections. (Sorry guys—we couldn’t resist.)
Contrary to the confined essence of their new name, Hermitude is a band well-traveled, both literally and sonically. After having spent some of his youth in Cuba, Stuart returned home to Australia with a stockpile of tropical sounds to experiment with, ranging from Cuban salsa to calypso to reggaeton. These imports would heavily inform the duo’s instrumental hip-hop cuts throughout their career. By infusing bits of salt and sunshine into the otherwise murky psychosis of contemporary post-dubstep, the band would emerge from the aughts with an evolved, unique sound.
The pair got a sizable boost with the success of their fourth album, 2012′s HyperParadise, which would hit platinum status and garner the band an Australian Music Prize. Fellow Aussie duo Flume further propelled their profile after releasing a wonky, undulating remix of “HyperParadise.” It came as somewhat of a surprise when Hermitude crept back under the radar and opted to stealthily self-release their 2014 single, “Ukiyo” on SoundCloud. Yet still, the bubblegum sparkle of “Ukiyo” won listeners over, scoring over a million of hits upon its release.
Following their US tour, including a few stops at SXSW 2015, Hermitude’s upcoming album, Dark Night, Sweet Light promises more globetrotting, freeform fun. Its first single, “Through The Roof” bares strong roots from halfway around the world, originating somewhere in the glimmering turquoise splendor of the Caribbean. The blaring salsa horns command your utmost attention, blithely cawing along to a hybrid pulse of reggaeton and trap. New Zealand MC Young Tapz slides into the spotlight, offering slick hooks and plenty of chill to go around. “Don’t worry about nothing,” he assures you, “You’ll never shut this shit down.”