• Flynn & Flora - Independent Dealers

Flynn & Flora - Independent Dealers

City Road Records

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Real good to see this long-rumoured record pressed up on wax now, via City Road Records, the sub-label of Idle Hands, our local record shop which is now sadly closed for the foreseeable - according to bossman Chris Farrell himself, this might even be the last vinyl record he'll be putting out.... Let's see. Either way, this record is special and deserves your attention. A true gem from Bristol's underground heroes Flynn (still kickin!) and Flora (RIEP.)

For us, this is a headspin too, as we're getting flashbacks to sitting in a music tech college class (a long time ago!), and Flynn came in to show some wide eyed kids who wanted to learn music making, how it's done and what it's about (for a guest teacher spot, one day).
Flynn seemed like a true G -highly knowledgeable, yet polite and kind even in the face of us up-to-no-good college kids gawping around. We missed the bristol DnB/Jungle boat and therefor the era of these tunes, sadly, as we came of age in the tail end of decent jump up DnB and then got into early dubstep, uk funky etc - but over the years we've heard stories of Flynn & Flora around town, and can confirm that they're local legends, with plenty respect in the jungle scene and beyond. Read a more personal view from City Road's Chris himself, with the press text from the label below:

"At its best, Bristol's scene has been marked out by the artists with an independent spirit. Not just the self-reliant DIY approach to getting the music out there, but a unique, inventive slant on emergent sounds which feed into the city's storied reputation. Flynn & Flora embody that idea, having come up in the nascent Bristol jungle scene while offering something wholly different to their peers in fabled crews like Full Cycle and More Rockers.

The duo were absolutely connected to the wider community, but they followed their own path, and the records reflect that. They're not as widely name checked as the likes of Roni Size, Krust, or Smith & Mighty, but their legacy is just as rich with personality and flair, offering that indefinable twist which sets West Country rhythms apart from the sounds in London or elsewhere. City Road wanted to recognise that fact with a modest 12" which cherry picks four crucial early cuts from Flynn & Flora's archives, before they went on to produce three LPs and a series of 12"s up to the mid 00s.

"We knew as much as anyone else at that particular time," recalls Flynn. "Samples, hip-hop breaks, bass lines. You've got your synth, your drum machine. It's all you needed. So that's what we did."

...It's a Bristol Something.

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