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Hermitude
OriginBlue Mountains, Australia
Genres
Years active2000–present
LabelsElefant Traks
Websitehermitude.com
Members
  • Angus Stuart (also known as El Gusto)
  • Luke Dubber (also known as Luke Dubs)

Hermitude is an Australian electronic hip hop duo, originating from the Blue Mountains, New South Wales.[1]

Biography

Early years and Explanetary

Multi-instrumentalists, Luke Dubber (a.k.a. Luke Dubs) and Angus Stuart (a.k.a. El Gusto), have collaborated in bands since 1994, when they were aged 16 and 11, respectively. Their first functional band was called "Funk Injections" and included Stuart's sister, Aja Stuart, on bass.

When a group of local rappers, including Tim Levinson (a.k.a. Urthboy) from the Herd, were impressed by Funk Injections' abilities, the two groups briefly incorporated in 1998, performing for a while under the name "Explanetary".[2] Explanetary consisted of Levinson on vocals, Dubber on keyboards, Stuart on drums, Realfatix on vocals (and sometimes production), No Mumbles (a.k.a. Nug) on vocals, Aja Stuart (Stuart's sister) on bass and DJ ALF on cuts.[3] Explanetary only released one EP, In on the Deal, in July 2001[4] following which the members went their separate ways.

2000-2009: Career beginnings of Hermitude

After Stuart returned from a trip to the US in 2000 with a set of turntables, the two tried jamming together with Dubs playing keyboard, sans vocals. The combination worked so well that they realised they didn't need anything else, and Hermitude was formed.

Signing with the Elefant Traks label, founded by The Herd, Hermitude released the vinyl-only Imaginary Friends EP in 2002.[5] The collection of esoteric instrumental soundscapes, with two vocal cuts provided by Urthboy and Ozi Batla, sold out and has never been transferred to CD, making it a collector's item. In 2003, the band released their first album, Alleys to Valleys. The name referred to their moving between Sydney and a recording studio called Sound Heaven in the Blue Mountains, owned by Stuart's father, John Stuart, which allowed them to live like hermit crabs half the time. The other half of their time they spent coming down from the mountains to try out their new material in the clubs of the city.

The popularity of Hermitude's debut allowed them to earn support billing with touring international acts such as, Dizzee Rascal, RJD2, and DJ Krush, and then record Tales of the Drift in 2005. A more percussive, Cuban sound was created, inspired by Stuart's time spent there in his youth.[2] In 2006 Hermitude embarked overseas to pursue bigger success, landing gigs in Europe, Asia and the US.[6][7][8] They were invited to perform in Malaysia,[9] Norway[9] and Spain as well as at DJ Kentaro's Japanese album launch,[9] and were booked for Aceyalone and Abstract Rude's West Coast US tour. Whilst on this world tour, Dubber and Stuart wrote the tunes that would make up their 2007 EP, Rare Sightings. Released in November 2007, initially sold at venues on their return tour of Australia, it was their fourth release on Elefant Traks. Hermitude then joined Urthboy and The Tongue on a national tour throughout Australia.[10] Copies of the CD sold out during the tour and had to go back to press before copies could be released in stores.

2010-2017: HyperParadise & Dark Night Sweet Light

In 2010, Hermitude released the single, "Get in My Life" and in 2011 "Speak of the Devil", from the album HyperParadise, which was released on 3 February 2012.[11] The title track of the album peaked at number 38 on the ARIA Singles Chart in February 2013.[12] "Speak of the Devil" won the 2011 J Award for Music Video of the Year.[13]

In 2014 they released the single "Ukiyo" without radio or video servicing, yet in a few months it had millions of plays. In October of that year Hermitude toured North America for the first time, supporting Rüfüs Du Sol.

In January 2015, "Through the Roof", the first official single from the new album Dark Night Sweet Light. The album was released in May 2015 and peaked at number 1 on the ARIA Charts. The album spawned four other singles, including "The Buzz" featuring Mataya and Young Tapz which peaked at number 20, becoming Hermitude's highest-charting song.

In 2016, "Vibration"/"Gimme" was released, two tracks recorded for, but ultimately omitted from Dark Night Sweet Light.

2018-present: Pollyanarchy

In November 2018, Hermitude released "Studid World" the first single from a forthcoming album.[14] Hermitude said the song was written in response to the craziness happening globally, whether it be politically or societally, saying "However you wanna deal with what's happening around us in the world right now, you can do it your own way through music."[15]

In September 2019, Hermitude released their sixth studio album, Pollyanarchy, which peaked at number 18 on the ARIA Charts.

Other projects

Apart from Hermitude, Stuart has spent the last couple of years playing and touring with Paul Mac as percussionist and DJ, whilst Dubber has lent his keyboard skills to many local Sydney outfits including Gauche, The Tango Saloon and The Bird, as well as touring with Tom Tom Crew the internationally acclaimed Hip-Hop Circus stage production.

Discography

Studio albums

List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
AUS
[16]
NZ
[17]
Alleys to Valleys
Tales of the Drift
  • Released: August 2005
  • Label: Elefant Traks (ACE019/ACE020)
  • Formats: CD, 2xLP
Threads
  • Released: September 2008
  • Label: Elefant Traks (ACE043/ACE044)
  • Formats: CD, DD, 2xLP
HyperParadise
  • Released: February 2012
  • Label: Elefant Traks (ACE069/ACE071)
  • Formats: CD, DD, 2xLP
37
Dark Night Sweet Light
  • Released: May 2015[18]
  • Label: Elefant Traks (ACE018/ACE121)
  • Formats: CD, DD, 2xLP
1 27
Pollyanarchy
  • Released: September 2019[19]
  • Label: Elefant Traks (ACE206)
  • Formats: CD, DD, LP
18

Extended plays

List of extended plays, with selected details shown, such as title, release date, and certifications
Title Details Certifications
Imaginary Friends
  • Released: 2002
  • Label: Elefant Traks (ACE008EP)
  • Format: LP
Rare Sightings
  • Released: December 2007
  • Label: Elefant Traks (ACE036/ACE037)
  • Format: CD, LP, digital download
Parallel Paradise
  • Released: 2012
  • Label: Elefant Traks (ACE079)
  • Format: LP (limited run of 400 copies), digital download, streaming

Singles

List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
AUS
[16]
NZ
Hot

[21]
"Cave Styles" 2003 Alleys to Valleys
"Fallen Giants"
(featuring Urthboy & Ozi Batla)
2005 Tales of the Drift
"Get in My Life"[22] 2010 HyperParadise
"Speak of the Devil" 2011
"HyperParadise"
(solo or Flume remix)
2012 38
"Through the Roof"
(featuring Young Tapz)
2015 Dark Night Sweet Light
"The Buzz"
(featuring Mataya & Young Tapz)
20
"Ukiyo"
(featuring Pell)
"Searchlight"
(featuring Yeo)
66
"Eyes Closed"
(featuring Xan Young)
Non-album singles
"Vibration" / "Gimme" 2016
"Stupid World"
(featuring Bibi Bourelly)
2018 Pollyanarchy
"Every Day"
(featuring Hoodlem)
2019
"Northern Lights"
(featuring Soaky Siren & Very)
"OneFourThree"
(featuring Buddy & BJ the Chicago Kid)
"Phew"
(featuring Bibi Bourelly)
38
"Heart-Shaped Box"
(Triple J Like a Version) (featuring Jaguar Jonze)
Non-album single
"Too High"[24] 2020 Non-album single
"Spotlight" (with Daniel Bedingfield)[25] Pollyanarchy (Deluxe)
"Don't Forget Me" (featuring Drew Love )[26]

Remixes

Awards and nominations

AIR Awards

The Australian Independent Record Awards (commonly known informally as AIR Awards) is an annual awards night to recognise, promote and celebrate the success of Australia's Independent Music sector.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
AIR Awards of 2009[27][28] Threads Best Independent Hip Hop/Urban Album Nominated
AIR Awards of 2012[29] HyperParadise Best Independent Dance/Electronica album Won
AIR Awards of 2015[30] themselves Best Independent Artist Nominated
Dark Night Sweet Light Best Independent Album Nominated
Best Independent Dance/Electronic Album Nominated
Hermitude featuring Mataya & Young Tapz – "The Buzz" Best Independent Single or EP Nominated
AIR Awards of 2019[31] "Stupid World" (featuring Bibi Bourelly) Best Independent Single or EP Nominated
AIR Awards of 2020[32][33] Pollyanarchy Best Independent Dance or Electronica Album or EP Nominated

Australia Music Prize

The Australian Music Prize (the AMP) is an annual award of $30,000 given to an Australian band or solo artist in recognition of the merit of an album released during the year of award.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2012[34] HyperParadise Australian Album of the Year Won

ARIA Music Awards

The ARIA Music Awards is an annual awards ceremony that recognises excellence, innovation, and achievement across all genres of Australian music.

Year Nominee / work Award Result Lost to
2012 HyperParadise Best Dance Release Nominated Ivan Gough & Feenixpawl feat. Georgi Kay - "In My Mind"
"Speak of the Devil" (directed by Emma Tomety) Best Video Nominated Missy Higgins - "Everyone's Waiting"
2015[35] Dark Night Sweet Light Album of the Year Nominated Tame Impala - Currents
Best Group Nominated Tame Impala - Currents
Best Independent Release Nominated Courtney Barnett - Sometimes I Sit & Think, & Sometimes I Just Sit
Mitch Kenny for Dark Night Sweet Light Engineer of the Year Nominated Tame Impala - Currents
Luke Dubber and Angus Stuart for Dark Night Sweet Light Producer of the Year Nominated Tame Impala - Currents
Through the Roof" (directed by Kess Broekman-Dattner) Best Video Nominated The Veronicas - "You Ruin Me"
Dark Night Sweet Light Tour Best Australian Live Act Nominated 5 Seconds Of Summer - Rock Out With Your Socks Out Tour

J Award

The J Awards are an annual series of Australian music awards that were established by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's youth-focused radio station Triple J. They commenced in 2005.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
J Awards of 2015[36] Dark Night Sweet Light Australian Album of the Year Nominated

National Live Music Awards

The National Live Music Awards (NLMAs) are a broad recognition of Australia's diverse live industry, celebrating the success of the Australian live scene. The awards commenced in 2016.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
National Live Music Awards of 2019[37][38] Hermitude Live Electronic Act (or DJ) of the Year Nominated

References

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