The prolific Eugene Ward is the man behind the monikers Dro Carey and Tuff Sherm. With a consistent list of releases – the first of which coming out on Trilogy Tapes whilst he was still in high school – the abundant output of Ward doesn’t end there. His creative endeavours extend to videography and writing comic books. Citing loneliness and humour as prevalent inspirational themes, such sentiments are expressed cathartically, as Ward manages to make practical use of various pseudonyms to great proficiency. Whether it be the minimal Grime influenced sounds of Dro Carey, or the swampy experimental House under Tuff Sherm, Ward has earned the respect and admiration of many key left-field UK labels including Reckno, Merok Records and Opal Tapes.
His latest offering is the vinyl-only ‘Smugglers Bureau’ on Berceuse Heroique. The release sees Ward delve deeper in to the world of gritty House under his Tuff Sherm alias, bringing along the familiar characteristics of previous releases, this time adopting a noisier and crunchier aesthetic. The EP features two original tracks along with a remix from L.I.E.S affiliate Delroy Edwards.
Hyp 179 indulges us in wonderfully weird left-field world of House and Techno. Alongside a wealth of original material, the mix also features House cuts from Holdie Gawn and MGUN, a delicate jazzy acid piece from Joey Anderson and tracks from Techno contemporaries such as Clouds, Metrist and Hound Scales.
Connect with Tuff Sherm on Tumblr – stream and download the mix below
‘Smugglers Bureau’ is out now on Berceuse Heroique. Purchase it here