Tammy Hurt’s one woman project, Sonic Rebel, sees the Atlanta based percussionist throw open all the windows and all the doors when it comes to musical genre, not just blending, but full on juxtaposing house with hip-hop, modern pop with electro-soul, prog rock with 80s video game style chip tunes. What makes it all come together though is when she sits down at the drums, with her latest track, ‘This Vibe’, she is fully in charge of what is laid down on the record.
In normal times Tammy Hurt has been an in-demand drummer, working with The Indigo Girls, Van Hunt, members of Grouplove, Brendan O’Brien, Nick DiDia, and many others, laying down an irresistible beat, whether it be for a folk-rock track or a pop-soul tune. Genres are no barrier for her, so while in Covid-19 lockdown, isolated physically from other musicians, she let it all out, pushing any and all boundaries, with only her imagination to guide her.
The result was the album, ‘We Made This With Our Hands’, and it attracted the interest of other experimenters, who wanted to re-interpret her recordings. Tammy took control and enlisted one of the best in the business for the transformation of the single, ‘This Vibe’. Tyler Stone is herself a pioneer, one of the first female artists to distinguish herself as a producer of house music; her mix of ‘This Vibe’ doesn’t play too hard and fast with the fibres of ‘This Vibe’, but it pull it onto the dance floor, pouring a dreamlike radiance over all.
With the clip for ‘This Vibe’, we see shifting and pulsating shapes oozing and enveloping the screen; directed by LazerShark, we are reminded of vintage VHS tapes, as well as glitching computer imagery. It’s a digital future attached to a digital past. Within the swirling pixels come patterns that evoke images of faces, bodies, tunnels…and other almost hallucinatory effects. It’s a vibe.
You can watch the video for ‘This Vibe’ below, and check out our interview with Sonic Rebel here. Find out more about Sonic Rebel and her music online on her official website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.