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Local record shop and label Idle Hands keep up the good pressure with this new sister label, named after the shop’s road name a few blocks from us – City Road Records >>

coming fresh for the 2021 crew and beyond, this new Idle Hands sister label keeps up its promise to deliver no-fuss dancefloor tekkers and gives us two rollin’, highly funked dancefloor cuts, each one proper vibey and geared for the feet (and hands, if yer Dj’in), with enough introspective quality for the home listen, also.

Original cut ‘Big Up’ and the re-worked VIP cuts are leaning somewhere between darkside UKG, Hardcore, Acid, Techno and deep, dubbed out House, with a typical UK touch of extra attention to bassbin flexibility, but peppered with plenty good energy in there – perfectly heads-down, and also plenty bubblin’.

Get stuck in, and check what Chris at IH says:

“City Road Records is a new label from UK based record shop Idle Hands. Whilst the shops in-house label has become known for deeper sounds this new label is aimed squarely at DJs and the dancefloor. It will releasing the type of music we like to hear in the rave, dance, pub or wherever we can turn it up in this post pandemic world.

The first release comes from production duo SPEKTRALSOUND. Here they tackle UK Garage with fresh ears, a timeless record built in 2021 which wouldn’t sound out of place at any point in the past 20 years. Mixing the rough with the smooth ‘Big Up’ takes the best parts of UK Garage ‘2-step swinging drums, lush chords and melodies, vocal samples and flips them into certified dancefloor groovers’. On the flip the VIP mix adds in some nostalgic samples combining the past with the future.”

12″, one track a side, good & proper, with a nice sticker on the centre, like with the old garage & grime whitelabels back then – nicely done.

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