Music with soul, sentiment and unshakable swagger is what the Shermanology brand is all about. With their roots deeply intertwined with the peak of UK garage, the understated European R&B market and their native Curacao’s Caribbean influences, Dutch brother/sister duo Andy and Dorothy Sherman have spent the past several years honing their own soulful brand of polished urban pop with a party-savvy pulse.
Having served as writers for acts as diverse as Sting, Avicii and Martin Garrix, their early studio work consistently pointed to a more musically cleansed stand on the typical Dutch sound. Between 2015 and 2016, the transition between marker single ‘Sweet Surrender’ and the MNEK co-written ‘Silly Games’ signaled a gradual departure from the more house orientated side of their signature sound, but not without garnering huge tastemaker attention from the likes of THUMP (VICE), Indie Shuffle, Earmilk, Dancing Astronaut and Skrillex’s NEST HQ. Taking to the studio with the likes of MNEK, Raphaella and MOODS more recently, a cross-section of Shermanology’s core influences found a comfortable place to exist and flourish, polishing the co-exist between the unmistakable vocal assets of frontwoman Dorothy Sherman and that supple blend of instrumental stamina and polished vocal harmonies Andy offers to the equation. It was always a family affair, but at the outset of 2017, things had never felt more focused in the Sherman household.
Priming the release of an arsenal of music laced with garage, dancehall and contemporary R&B influences, the road ahead speaks for a realization that their needs to be no compromise on where their high melodic stamp and hip shaking stamina finds its home. From the refined UK vibes of ‘Love Don’t Love Me’ through to contemporary electronic soul jams ‘Fortune’ and ‘All My Life,’ Andy and Dorothy’s distinct musical brand now finds multiple sources of influence whilst circling back to the same mint of quality and clarity the world has come to expect from the Dutch act. Add an exciting series of personalized vocal flips on the urban world and there’s no shortage of excuses to hear the sibling duo do their thing. Priming a steady run of fresh original material alongside the launch of a brand new live experience in the final quarter, the year ahead spells one of liberating leaps and bounds for the accomplished siblings and their unique brand of soulful swagger.