“Burglar Loops” represents Dro Carey’s (as Tuff Sherm) return to Will Bankhead’s Trilogy Tapes imprint and we could not be more overjoyed that the relationship has been rekindle. Although no release date has been announced yet, a new Tuff Sherm EP is on the way and if “Burglar Loops” is any indication, it will see the man born Eugene Hector melding the grime and hip hop influences present in his work as Dro Carey with the house and techno of Tuff Sherm. Stream below and look out for the Burglar Loops EP in the not too far future.
It’s been a little while since we’ve heard solo material from Eugene Hector’s Dro Carey moniker, but today we received the Vital Trails EP from the precocious Australian producer. Unlike his work under Tuff Sherm or Fad TMB, Hector’s work as Dro Carey doesn’t fall under any single genre label and truly exists outside of the realm of existing sound and structure. Borrowing heavily from grime and Southern hip hop, the Vital Trails EP sees Hector’s deft touch with industrial sounds and his ability to manipulate seemingly boring grayscale sounds into highly effective dancefloor sounds. “Second Missive” is somewhat in line with the rollicking warehouse sounds of a Blawan or Surgeon, but falls within a grime blueprint. “Libera Me” could lazily be called house, but only in the most maleable sense of the word, utilizing a sparse arrangement of kicks and physically assaulting synth bleeps. Like most of Hector’s work, Vital Trails is not a breezy listen and offers nothing in the way of pop sensibility, but after a few listens, you’ll realize it’s one of the most fulfilling, brilliantly textured releases of the year.
Despite living nearly 10,000 miles apart, Sydney’s Dro Carey and Montreal’s Grown Folk have more in common than you might be lead to believe. For one, they’ve both released quality choons on Australian imprint Templar Sound and have a fondness for the rougher edges of hip hop. Carey produces under a number of pseudonyms and traverses the worlds of hip hop, grime, house and techno with effortless aplomb while Drew and Brendan of Grown Folk have cut their teeth as Main Attrakionz’ tour DJs. “Limbo Limbs” draws from all corners of the three prodigious producers’ vast range of influences, but can safely be called grime and is certainly an ode to the genre’s roughneck origins. Stream “Limbo Limbs” below and download it here.
As you’ve probably noticed, we’re big fans of Mr. Eugene Hector in these parts and especially of his work as Tuff Sherm. Probably better known as Dro Carey, Hector laces techno and house tunes as Sherm and we were actually lucky enough to get him to contribute a guest addition to our ongoing mix series. Last month, Hector performed at a special Australia addition of Boiler Room and played out 50 minutes of juicy dance tunes. Like most of Hector’s mixes, the song selection is eclectic to say the least and has left me scrambling for a track listing since the mix’s its air date. Despite the mix being labeled as a Tuff Sherm offering, Hector also includes a few grime, dubstep and other amorphous, low end focused tracks. Stream below.
When we first asked Eugene Hector if he would be willing to contribute to our Guest Mix series, we were fully aware that the possibilities for what we might receive from the Sydney-native. A straight-up hip hop mix full of Brick Squad Monopoly and Max B tracks wouldn’t have surprised us, but neither would a true school juke mix, or anything in between for that matter. Following the release of his first LP as Tuff Sherm though, it’s only right that Hector laid down a mixture of obscure British/German techno and tracks from his recent Shrapnel Maestro LP. For those who haven’t been following the many sobriquets Hector has adopted over the past few years, Tuff Sherm is his most dancefloor-oriented project, working mainly in the techno and house realms. Despite a fairly dark vibe overall, Hector juxtaposes dense atmospherics with more upbeat warm vibes repeatedly for an enveloping experience that grows on you every time you listen. Stream/Download below, hit the jump for the full tracklist and grab Shrapnel Maestro here.
On Tuesday, we wrote about Eugene Hector’s first full length under the Tuff Sherm alias, the gutteral Shrapnel Maestro. Yesterday, Hector adopted another sobriquet, the maniacal, juke-adoring Fad TMB, previewing the “Head Down”/”Axle Rot” single on his own Soundcloud. Both tracks are steely and cutthroat, employing razor sharp percussion that scythes through every of sonic element. B-Side “Axle Rot” is the standout, but then again, I’m a sucker for Birdman samples. Grab both for free on December 6 courtesy of Sonic Playground.
Despite being Eugene Hector’s most straightforward, dancefloor-oriented alias, Tuff Sherm is about as esoteric as they come, traversing between funky bassline house and Actress-esque sparse techno expansions. Shrapnel Maestro is Hector’s first full length as Tuff Sherm and marks a departure from earlier, more synth-heavy releases. There isn’t much of a coherent thread throughout the LP, but that’s all the better as the LP draws sounds from Berlin, Bristol, Chicago and another dimension inhabited by technobots that scientists haven’t discovered yet. Like much of Hector’s past work as both Dro Carey and Tuff Sherm, the LP is rough around the edges and guttural sounding, but as tracks like “Monarch Engineer” denote, also captivatingly danceable. Stream the LP below and grab it for a measly two dollars. Look for a Dro Carey/Tuff Sherm exclusive in our pages very soon.
I’ve been meaning to introduce y’all to Eugene Hector aka Dro Carey aka Tuff Sherm aka Fad TMB aka Pierre Magneto Menard for the past few weeks, but haven’t gotten around to it until today. Hector is a young Sydney-born producer and and artist I truly admire in both an audial and intellectual sense. Known by most as Dro Carey, Hector has been producing everything from screwed hip hop to dark minimal techno since he was 13 and stands alone in his sound and vision. I decided to bring Carey up today because he just released two full projects on his “Braincamp” that are essential listening for any and everybody who considers themselves a hip hop and/or electronic music fan.
As I mention above, Hector goes by many different pseudonyms. I’ll make it easy and lay them out concisely. Dro Carey is the persona closest to Hector’s own (but not his actual self), his most common pseudonym and the outlet for his generally hip hop oriented work. Tuff Sherm makes tunes aimed at the dancefloor, generally in the realm of techno. Fad TMB approximates juke/footwork sounds, albeit far from the Chicago sound you might anticipate. Last but not least, Pierre Magneto Menard is the “French avant-garde/tech persona”, Hector’s eldest and most visually-oriented persona. If you’re confused, just religiously follow Hector’s Tumblr and DC vampira video page for an inside look into his creative process and influences.
While most musicians who work under a pseudonym (or four) attempt to hide themselves and their intentions from the general public, Hector has engaged in multiple interviews, laying his heart on the table and speaking on everything from his creative process to struggles with depression and anxiety. He has laid out the main themes he works around in his music, loneliness and humor, and how inseparable his depression is from his creative process. Like few others in the electronic music realm, Hector has managed to put a human face and human intentions behind an often impersonal artform.
If you follow any advice I give this week, then make it this: download (yes spend $1) the tape below, then read the interview Hector did with Resident Advisor and spend a while devouring the Tumblr and video pages I link to above. I guarantee you will become enamored with Hector and it would be difficult to not like at least one of his personas. You’ll be seeing more Dro Carey here in the very near future so stay tuned.