LISTEN: Cherax Destructor

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Cherax Destructor may be the fancy name given to the Australian freshwater yabby, but meet your new favourite (human) Cherax Destructor: singer/producer Patch Hutley.

The Sydney-based musician is pretty much Australia’s answer to Baths. If you’re unfamiliar with Baths’ sound, think atmospheric, squelchy beats with electronic hooks aplenty. Hutley dropped his ‘Objects In Space’ EP in October last year, but it’s his new material that has reeled us in (which you can find scattered across his various music and social media pages).

The adventurous ‘<3’ is jam-packed with fiddly samples and joyful melodies – all chopped up and twisted into one another. His songs generally move from instrumental hip hop to collaged IDM beats and tricks. Although he’s labelled his sound on his Soundcloud page as ‘friendship-hop’, it’s also bang on, as his songs are as warm and cuddly as good friendships generally get. 

It’s not all samples and beats for Hutley though. He’s also branched out a little and released a killer cover of TLC’s ‘No Scrubs’. It’s a stripped back rendition with simple vocals and acoustic guitar, and it’s a charmer.

Catch Cherax Destructor at the Oxford Art Factory in Sydney on Friday 26 April as part of the Lonely Kids Club winter range launch party.


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