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Part of the Record Store Day 2017 takeover
As April crawls its way into its second half, fans of music alike congregate in basements across the UK to sift through record after record in celebration of Record Store Day. Record Store Day is the annual event which calls forth endorsers of music to pick apart their favourite stores’ catalogues to oblivion, unearthing hidden gems and re-issues that come along with the occasion. The list of releases is published a few months before the date, bringing forth music from old and new artists alike. For me however, it’s just an excuse to get out to the local stores to see what’s happening.
Idle Hands is Bristol’s mecca when it comes to finding electronic music pressed to wax. Recent months has seen a relocation of their store, moving to a larger, more wholesome space around the corner. It’s a pristine location that, according to the website, stocks “the best house, techno, reggae and bass music on vinyl”. The owner, Chris Farrell, is an esteemed DJ himself curating the store to stock only the best of the best. If you’re in or around Bristol, paying a trip to this shop would be in your best interests as the recommendations given by the staff make up some of my favourite purchases full stop.
On top of this, the store hosts its own record label of the same name, releasing rhythms from the likes of Peverelist, Kowton and Shanti Celeste alike. Each are individuals who make up the rich heritage of the store, having worked behind the desk at points in their careers, handing out recommendations whilst carving out their own paths. The label’s most recent outing however, comes from the likes of Piezo, a Bristol-based associate whose contribution to the label speaks volumes.
When it comes down to it, Idle Hands exists as one of our favourite UK record stores here at Watch The Hype, so having them on board for our Record Store Day 2017 takeover is a great pleasure. For the occasion, Chris Farrell has selected four tracks from labels he is excited about this year, including heat from the likes of Winsome, Boss Mischief, Phrased and Shanti Celeste on Sugar Records, Pearly Whites, L.B. Produce and Peach Discs.