Tribute to Disc Shop Zero

Outboxx & Atki 2

Idle Hands
IDLE013 | 2017-09-08  
Naoki E-Jima’s Disc Shop Zero record store in Tokyo holds a special place in our hearts. Since before Idle Hands was even established, when Rooted Records was king, the cosy, liberally stocked shop has served as a sympathetic outpost for Bristol’s rich culture of soundsystem music. Over the years, Naoki has championed all the best music to come from our fair city, from Smith & Mighty through to Pinch and Pev and on to the output from our own humble label. It’s been a vital connection to help our music reach the right heads on the other side of the world, in turn providing a platform for our most treasured artists to gig and further the cause of the music we love.

As a thank you for all the support Naoki has shown Bristol music over the years, Idle Hands has put together a special tribute 10” of tracks that chime with his particular musical tastes, shining a light on some complementary gems that might have otherwise never seen the light of day. It’s also a chance to fill in the missing IDLE013 catalogue number – fortunately, the number 13 does not represent bad luck in Japanese culture.

On the A-side, the mighty (pun intended) Rob Smith takes to a track from Outboxx’s debut album, originally intended for a remix 12” that never came to be. In his learned hands, “Lost Soul” becomes a shimmering stepper marked out by beautiful cascading arpeggios and of course plenty of fulsome bass, with arresting fragments of vocal drifting in and out of the mix for good measure. Rob’s status as a true legend of Bristol music needs no explanation, but his presence here is furthermore because Naoki is such a fan of his music.

On the B-side, Atki2 makes a welcome return to the label after bringing a classic ray of sunshine to Idle Hands on the second single we ever put out. As well as being a big release for us, it was apparently huge at Disc Shop Zero, so it feels right to bring the effervescent “He’s Royal” to this 10” release.

With a sunny disposition at heart, these two tracks make sense sharing a 10", but it’s even more fitting that they sit side by side as we doff our caps to a true hero of the global underground. Thanks, Naoki.
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