New Music

Listen: Tuff Sherm – Scope

Picture 4It’s a new year, and little is certain except that Eugene Ward – aka Dro Carey, Fad TMB and Tuff Sherm – will continue to release new music, which is reassuring. Here’s proof: ‘Scope’ is from a forthcoming 12 inch on Templar Sound which will comprise three new tracks from Dro Carey and two from Tuff Sherm. I’m advised that one of the Dro tracks will be ‘Ditko’, except in this instance it’ll be a Oneman cut with sampled TLC vocals. The record’s release window is a bit fuzzy, but it’s looking like it’ll come some time in the first half of the year.

For anyone who downloaded and enjoyed last year’s Shrapnel Maestro, ‘Scope’ will be familiar: it’s techno that’s both functional and pop-oriented, the latter thanks to sampled and manipulated vocals. Listen out for the way Ward raises the stakes towards the end – creates a sense of climax and release – by actually removing elements. Strange as always, but reliably excellent.

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New Music

Listen: Torrents of new Dro Carey

Crawlspace really needs a sub-domain dedicated to Dro Carey, and perhaps also a work experience minor to track it all on a daily basis (three days a week for three months! Learn about The Industry! Establish an unaccountable fondness for Ball Park Music!). It’s true that we’re tempted to cover everything he uploads but we can’t feasibly do it, but this new “content drop” has the whiff of newsworthy about it. Readers beware though, if you have trouble keeping up with the DC eco-system (Dro Carey, Tuff Sherm, Fad TMB), this definitely isn’t going to make it easier.

Vault Raider Vol. 1 is a collection of previously unreleased (!) tracks by Dro Carey, and judging by some of the material there’s some pretty old stuff here. Mood-wise, its posture is more “watching Friends on the couch” than the comparatively straight-backed and tense stuff he’s been doing of late. Whatever the case, it’s all on his new Bandcamp page, and it costs a mere buck. Which is about 100% more than he expects you to pay for torrents of new material on his Soundcloud page, but cut the guy some slack and shout him a bag of cobbers. He deserves it.

He’s also playing the OutsideIn festival in Sydney on November 10, which also features HTRK and Holy Balm, among some other artists of international repute. It’s right near my place so I’ll probably go.

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Listen: New Fad TMB and Dro Carey

While footwork was one of several inclinations demo-ed on Dro Carey’s debut 12 inch Venus Knock, Fad TMB is a project that has him openly embracing the Chicago juke rat-a-tat, so if Eugene Ward’s other stuff is either too weird (Dro Carey) or too orthodox (Tuff Sherm) for you, this sits somewhere in between, but definitely not on a fence. With its well-enunciated vocal sample and sledgehammer approach bassline, it’s probably one of the most accessible tracks he’s done, which is weird, because juke can be a tough slog. Listen to it while you file your tax return. You can download the track free here.

Meanwhile in the vectored world of EW, there’s tonnes of new Dro Carey and Tuff Sherm being released on his Tumblr lately. Just torrents of the stuff. I need to take a day off to download it all, but while streaming a few this particular Dro Carey track stands out. It’s an icy grime instrumental. Maybe Dro’s people should speak to Trim’s people again.

Read our interview with Eugene Ward, if you haven’t done so already.

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