We premiere something pretty special from audio-visual newcomer, Sim Hutchins.
Sim Hutchins is a DIY-producer coming out of Essex and bringing some crunchy, noisy sounds with him. He began his career as a Grime beatmaker on the Essex pirate-radio scene before he decided to get introspective, retreat into more of a solo approach, and begin making longer form music. Then there was his cryptic Twitter account in 2013 which led to some attention from the music press, before he finally decided to release his debut EP, Ecology Tapes, earlier this year.
Standout tracks from the EP like “Hollywood 10” and the achingly Millennial-y-named “Silk Road Hand Grenade” were enough to get us pretty excited about the inevitable album which, sure enough, dropped earlier this month. I Enjoy To Sweep A Room has been duly praised since its release, garnering high scores from plenty of publications for its cavernous and glitch-heavy soundscapes that avoid the deadness or impenetrability that can beset so much contemporary techno.
To call this techno, though, would probably be to tie Hutchins to a genre that he transcends. He’s really more of a genre-bender, and his latest video (which we are proud to premiere) shows that perfectly: “Nihilism Was Not Sustainable” may have a curious optimism in its title, but there is a strange and beautiful darkness to both its visuals and the track itself. Hutchins is a man who claims to “have a fetish for broken gear”, but if broken gear sounds like this – seductively clunking yet wonderfully restrained – then don’t fix it.
The Enjoy To Sweep A Room launch is happening tonight at the Waiting Room.