Aussie favourites Hermitude dropped a new album recently called “Pollyanarchy”, and to help celebrate they’ll also be playing a bunch of live shows across Australia November, which includes wrapping up the year with a headlining appearance at NYE In The Park in Sydney.
We caught up with Dubs from Hermitude last week to ask when his love of music began…
“My first CD was Midnight Marauders by A Tribe Called Quest. I think I was in year 10 and I’d just been exposed to a genre of music that I didn’t know existed yet, a fusion of two of my favourite styles at that time. Jazz and Hip Hop. I’d been hanging out at a friends house who was playing me all of this shit that was blowing my mind. Digable Planets, The Pharcyde and Tribe.
He had Low End Theory which was the previous album which I loved and he also had the single off Midnight Marauders which was called Award Tour. After hearing that tune I decided that was going to be my first CD, as my parents had just bought a CD player from K-Mart. I was at the Manly Jazz Festival, which my parents took me to almost every year. There was a little shop on the Corso that I stumbled upon and went inside and they had that album! I had to wait the rest of the weekend to listen to it which was quite frustrating but man it was worth the wait.
For me that album was such a huge follow up. It was so much more refined and detailed in the production. A massive step up. And the raps were obviously crazy. Pretty much only having that record to bump for a while I learnt it inside out. I was writing a lot of techno at the time (one of my other loves) but this record really opened my eyes up to the possibilities of Jazzy Hip Hop and I started to understand how I wanted to write that style myself. Those extended outros too.. So sick.
This album was a huge inspiration for the first band that El Gusto and I formed with his sister on the bass. A lot of our set was just straight up jazzy hip hop instrumentals that we just grooved on for ages down at the local club. It definitely lay the foundation for our early days in Hermitude.”
Let’s take a quick listen to ‘Oh My God’ taken from A Tribe Called Quest’s “Midnight Marauders” album, and then be sure to give “Pollyanarchy” a few spins as well.