Boomkat Product Review:
Idle Hands grip Rhythmic Theory at their broadest points with an absorbing debut album of late night atmospheric bassbin pressure.
Circulation is the latest highpoint of an oeuvre that has stealthily staked out firm, personalised ground in the shadows of late ‘90s D&B; Berlin and Detroit’s dankest techno styles; and the lingering, seismic reverberations of ‘00s dubstep.
It’s riddled with what we’d perceive to be proper Bristolian vibes; that dilapidated yet deeply rooted physicality and a skunk hazed headiness that’s long seduced us to the city’s danker strains, from Portishead and Tricky thru to Krust in the ‘90s, up to Pinch and Appleblim in the ‘00s, or the drily experimental dimensions of Subtext crew and Kowton in more recent years.
Of course, dub is the common factor that nourishes all those strains, acting as both a sponge/barrier to filter unnecessary influence and make mutual the most crucial elements, resulted a finely distilled suite that plays out a proper, red-eyed sci-fi fantasy between the synth-gaze bookends and the dominating torque of Creeper.
Like Bristol itself, there’s nowt flash or fancy about this album, but its strengths lie in a highly focussed, ruggedly tactile vibe that pays up to anyone with a need for nuance and darker sensations in a longer form narrative context that’s become increasingly rare these days, especially for this strain of UK bass music.