“Recorded on a Urei analogue mixer, mainly test presses, most of the tunes played to death.”
Idle Hands is a vinyl based record label originally operating out of Rooted Records in Bristol but now established as its own shop (and more besides)
The label was set up by Chris Farrell in 2009 as an outlet for raw and grooving electronic dance tracks.
Distribution through ST Holdings.
Idle Hands next release comes out 22nd October, Idle Hands 015 – Rachael – You’re Driving Me
Superb debut of futurist house and techno from a mysterious Bristol talent. Idle Hands aren’t giving up much info on Rachael, and it seems like they’re going to keep it that way. All you do need to know is that this is a strong record. The A-side’s ‘You’re Driving Me’ is a gliding, frictionless piece of techno minimalism building and receding with a ghostly deftness and a canny sense of emotive control. B-side’s ‘Kung Funk’ is a queerer beast, all melting melodic contours and off-kilter groove nodding to Detroit and Berlin with a cheekier UK flavour. Smart tip! - Boomkat
To date Idle Hands have released music from many previous guests to Electronic Explorations .. Bass Clef, Kowton, AnD and EE favourite Kahn … one of the most talented producers I’ve ever heard.
Some blurb on the history of Idle Hands
The Idle Hands record shop was established early in 2011 as a response to the closure of the legendary Rooted Records, a store which for the previous 12 years had provided Bristol with the finest in Dubstep, Drum n’ Bass, Techno, House and Reggae music. Picking up where Rooted left off, Idle Hands Records became (and remains) Bristol’s only independent purveyor of upfront electronic music.
Situated in the vibrant Stokes Croft area, the new shop has rapidly become a social epicentre for the multitude of DJ’s, producers and music enthusiasts who live and work in the area. Over the previous months the store has played host to a number of succesful in-stores: 2562, Chrissy Murderbot, Hyetal, Tapes and Baobinga have all graced the shop’s turntables; the crowds spilling out into the road outside further cementing Idle Hands’ standing in the Bristol music community.
With years of involvement in underground music culture on many levels we value and understand the many aspects that go into getting good music to the right ears. Artists, labels, distributors, promoters and independent shops working together make the UK scene what it is; we believe cooperation and mutual support is key to maintaining that.
With the launch of our online store we hope to offer the same level of insight and experience in selling records we currently provide locally on a national and international scale. There are few places on the planet as musically inspired as Bristol just now, Idle Hands is ideally situated to push the city’s sound further afield.