HyperParadise is Hermitude hitting the bullseye of their artistic vision, a beautifully inventive record of future beats and electronica. It’s not just their meticulousness in production and musicianship, it’s the passion and love they have for instrumental music that makes them so special.
The songs are bubbling with personality: choruses leap out of songs demanding an emotional response, differing for each listener. It wouldn’t be hard to imagine the more notably adventurous R&B/soul vocalists wishing they could get their hands on the likes of All of You and HyperParadise. Speak of the Devil has been one of the standout dancefloor tunes of 2011; thrashed by Australian radio; and winner of triple j’s 2011 J Award for Australian Music Video of the Year.
It was also #9 in Rage’s Top 50 videos of 2011 and nominated for FBi’s SMAC Awards (Single and Video). Should we mention the international news yet? No. Save that one. Hermitude have nurtured an affectionate and fiercely loyal audience over the years, commanding respect from the best in the beats business (DJ Krush, Glitch Mob). They’re in a perfect position to take it up a few notches with the release of HyperParadise.
2012′s first allaussie hip hop ’cover art of the month’ features none other than Hermitude’s – Hyper Paradise. Released yesterday through Elefant Traks, the cover art was designed and produced by a collaboration of fine designers including Claire Nakazawa, Lucia Giuffre, Catherine McElhone & layout by DH. The work was a collage, aiming to create a tropical ‘hyper’ paradise.
Hermitude are set to turn heads with their most playfully infectious song to date, Speak Of The Devil. With its contorting synth lines, fun chorus and slamming drums, it perfectly captures the energy and joy of the band.Featuring the voice of Sydney artist Chaos Emerald in Speak Of The Devil, Hermitude have developed a dedicated following for their pumping live shows and monstrously positive vibes. Catch them when they launch Speak Of The Devil in November – December.
Hermitude formed in 2001 when Blue Mountains duo Luke Dubs (Luke Dubber) and Elgusto (Angus Stuart) paired up with a shared love of beats and turntablism. The offspring of professional musicians, they’d performed together in jazz and funk bands since their early teens. Hermitude’s first EP was the vinyl-only Imaginary Friends out through Elefant Traks. They followed this up with their debut album in 2003 – the critically adored Alleys to Valleys. It established Hermitude’s reputation for impeccable production – esteemed radio figure Tim Ritchie called it “One of the best hip hop/breaks releases I’ve ever heard”.
Their second album Tales of the Drift followed in 2005 after numerous tours and support slots. Their Cuban-influenced rhythms (Elgusto undertook percussion studies in Cuba as a teen) had blended elegantly with their formal jazz and classical background breathing new life into their instrumental hip hop sound. The first single Fallen Giants took triple j by storm and sat on high rotation for months. By now Hermitude had established their reputation for brilliant studio productions with an engaging and innovative live show – incorporating a confident, almost effortless musicianship with a deft grasp of technology. Over the next few years they toured Asia, Europe and the USA playing with underground hip hop artists and electronic acts (Krush, Kentaro, Aceyalone, Dizzee Rascal). In 2007 they released the Rare Sightings EP before embarking on their third album, Threads in 2008. Hermitude’s sound progressed into more electronic territory, embracing instrumental hip hop’s electronic relative ‘future beats’. Artists such as Glitch Mob and DJ Krush started dropping Hermitude songs in live sets. The first single on their fourth record dropped in early 2011 – the slamming Get in My Life. They followed this in September 2011 with the Summery monster Speak of the Devil. Hermitude’s fourth album will be released in Feb 2012.
Fri Nov 18 – East Brunswick Hotel – Melbourne (Vic launch)
Sat Nov 19 – Shine On Festival – Beaufort VIC
Fri Nov 25 – X and Y Bar – Brisbane (QLD launch)
Fri Dec 2 – Gearins – Katoomba
Sat Dec 3 – Subsonic Festival – Barrington Tops
Fri Dec 9 – The Standard – Sydney (NSW launch)
Sat Dec 10 – Summer Rhythms Festival – Canberra