Hermitude is an Australian electronic hip hop EDM, (Electronic Dance Music) duo, originating from the Blue Mountains, New South Wales.
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. 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.
A year later, the band’s first album, Alleys to Valleys, was released. 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 literally be 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.