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Bristol’s Idle Hands celebrates hitting fifty releases by going back to where it all it began - Peverelist was responsible for the label’s first drop back in 2009. Though sounds and styles have come and gone in the intervening nine years, Pev's ability to create dancefloor movers remains unparalleled. On IDLE050 we find the former dubstep overlord taking turns at going house (‘Left Hand’) and techno (‘Right Hand’).
O$VMV$M is the self-titled and second instalment from O$VMV$M following on from their previous mini-album. A refreshing and innovative release from the duo has opened up a nice new alternative to the traditional EBM and electronic scene, a further step, of interesting and cleverly crafted sounds. Available on Vinyl LP.
Jim Coles of Om Unit is a bit of a big deal in the drum & bass scene and has put his talents to dubstep early on too. All of this genre blending has always had some electronic leanings which make Om Unit stand out that little bit. Friend of Day is a three track 12”, shifting from sun-kissed synths on Friend of the Day, which reminds me of Summer Madness, the B-side to Kool & the Gang’s Get Down On It. The other tracks are darker, meatier but equally intricate. A good one this.
With a slew of releases on Happy Skull, A14, Ancient Monarchy and his own imprint, Rhythmic Theory returns to Idle hands for his debut album and uses the platform to full effect. Heavily inspired by Jodorowsky's Dune Circulation is undulating and spacious. Sub bass moves and thrusts subtly around shaky and precise percussion, sounding like a matured Kryptic Minds.
Bruce follows up on releases for Livity Sound and Hessle Audio with 3 new cuts on Idle Hands. The Trouble with Wilderness is an even split between dancefloor action (albeit with a touch of melancholy) and subtler ambient house tracks. Plenty of space in these tracks, with each element sitting just where it is supposed to be.
Matt Karmil originally envisioned just one of these tracks to be released on Idle Hands, but the label loved everything that they heard, so decided to put out the lot. With that in mind, IDLE033 flows very well over 2 LPs, deftly moving in and out of dancefloor modes, always with an interesting quirk to the production. Fresh and exciting stuff.
- Vinyl Double LP (IDLE033)
Rhythmic Theory continues to release fine techno with deep links to old-school drum and bass. In between releases on Ancient Monarchy and Blackest Ever Black, Future Tense is both carefully detailed and raw sounding, with a real feel for the dance. DJ October joins in on remix duties, taking the original track and dub-blasting it to hell. 12” on Idle Hands.
O$VMV$M is the latest spawn from the always-worthwhile Young Echo collective: specifically, this is Neek and Amos Childs. The self-titled EP they present to us here is an eclectic audio trip through some unusual spaces, all squeezed through the strictures of soundsystem culture. Vinyl LP on the Idle Hands label.
12” Vinyl LP on Idle Hands. Strategy is the moniker of Portland based producer Paul Dickow. With Seeds of Paradise he explores a sort of near future sci-fi dub, filled with radio transmission crackle, lush dronescapes and spaced out dub textures. Would fit nicely alongside some of your Loscil and Kranky records.
US producer Strategy gets a release on Chris Farrell's Idle Hands imprint, offering up a 12" slice of downtempo goodness There's a Peverelist remix of Strategy's "Return From The Stars" on offer, and so the sounds begin to mesh and fall out into a wonderful collage of house, dub and psych. Lots to chew on.