Wallace and Gromit, J.K. Rowling, the Concorde airplane, the Schweppes drink and even Banksy are just a few of the defining names for the UK's first Cycling City and the European Green Capital of 2015, Bristol. On the musical side, it was the birthplace of trip-hop, played a major role in the development of drum and bass and in recent years has witnessed a surge in the dubstep and garage movement. Hailed by many as the most creative city in electronic music, Bristol is home to an impressive array of inter-connected communities, club nights, artists and labels such as Futureboogie, AUX, Pi, Just Jack, or Idle Hands to name a few.
Idle Hands affiliate imprint BRSTL was founded in 2011 as a vehicle to exhibit the finest Bristol-born house and techno. Their 7th release features Rhythmic Theory for the second time and remains well within the label's ethos of providing two rough and tough cuts, one for each side, available only on wax.
'Eyes Wide Shut' is straight-to-the-point raw techno cut featuring a thumping kick, distorted snares and a low-fi organ line. Blending seamlessly with the harsh sound, a distorted metallic synth warps around while an echoed vocal loop fills the space around your body and the subtle sub bass line makes its present felt straight in your chest.
On the flipside, 'Voyeuristic Distress' starts off by pumping low frequencies into your bloodstream while an almost jackin' construction of filtered claps, bright shakers, industrial percussions and clear hats drives it forward. An eerie string note and haunting melody infuses the breakdown just for a while as the track rapidly recovers with a big bass blast into the dark space it emerged from.
Officially announced for April, Rhythmic Theory's latest showcase of BRSTL's trademark sound is arriving in stores next month and it features a beautiful liquid artwork by Kenneth Shaw.