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Flash Atkin’s first release in ages

Flash Atkins is a drunkard, drug user and general wrong’un. A super hero who has fallen from his purple patch in the 80s to purple stains on his pants in the 00.

He is also the alter go of Paper Recordings’ Ben Davis and Levenshulme Orphanage For Boys is the first single from his forthcoming album Paper album “The Life and Times of Flash Atkins”. Each track title is named after a chapter of a short story to be published as an accompaniment to the long player.

Levenshulme Orphanage For Boys is a slo-mo tech heavy chugger that is locked down with rock sold beats and a throbbing side-chained bass. The track builds with synth lines before a sampled female vocal brings in some sparse melody and reinforces the hypnotic rhythm. An acid line adds to the tension before the reaching it’s peak with all the elements hitting home.

The Deaf Boys Dub goes down a more stripped back route with a Moog synth riff and techy hats along with the sampled vocal. Ricocheting snares herald the arrival of the sub and things crank up a gear. It’s proper 4am lose yourself in the smoke club music as the synth riff filters in and out.

Doc L. Junior is a Norwegian legend who’s not been active for a while but is back with a wallop. Deep and synthy with a hint of 80s, this is big room music that brings to mind So Get Up by Underground Sound of Lisbon.

Finally, Richard Seaborne turns in a classic sounding remix recalling Armand Van Helden in his prime. He ups the pace, adds a brutal bottom end, chucks in a jazz break on top of the acid and vocal and it’s dance floor dynamite.

François K – ‘Flashing Thunder dub is great, will definitely give this one some plays.’
Peter Kruder – – ‘Love the Original. Doc L Juniors Flashing Thunder dub is also cool. The Richard Seaborne mix also works for me’
Vito De Luca Aeroplane – ‘ – Flash’s Deaf Boys Mix is great’
Ron Basejam – ‘Original is the one. lasers!’
Mr G – Solid EP
Sean Johnston ( A Love From Outer Space) – ‘Deaf Boys come on down!’
Sleazy McQueen – ‘Wow, this is super cool and vibey. I dig all four!’
Tronik Youth – Neil Parnell (Tronik Youth) – ‘Love the original and deaf boys dub great stuff’
Harri (Sub Club) – ‘Ben sent me this a while ago…been playing a few of these out’
Bonar Bradberry – ‘Good stuff thanks guys’
DC Salas – ‘Flashs Deaf Boys dub for me!’
James Teej – ‘Flash’s deaf boys dub is really original’
Ralph Myerz – All mixes are beyond superduper, full support. Especially the Doc L Junior mix is a favourite, wow!!!
Andrew Grant (EDEC) – ‘Doc Juniors Flashing Thunder dub is hot hot hot… like the other tracks too’
Leftside Wobble – ‘Deep brooding acidic chugger, perfect for fallen superhero after parties!’
Brett Griffin – Droog LA / Culprit) – ‘The original slow mo funk is dope’
Alec Sander (La Royale (Electrique Music) – ‘Cool tracks guys, love the original and the Flash Deaf Dub’
Erik Rug (Rex Club) -‘Flash Deaf Boys dub mix is my pick here..thanks !!’
Neil Scott El Diablo’s Social Club- ‘Great track from Flashy…Doc L Jnrs italoesque remix is ace. Solid houser from Richard Seabourne too! good ep!
Gameboyz (Clouded Vision / Relish) – ‘Fantastic! thanks a lot!!! Flashs deaf is totally madness!!’
G-HA & OLANSKII (SUNKISSED) – ‘Love the Doc L. Jnr mix, thanks!
Fingerman – ‘Lovely stuff. Doc L’s mix is really awesome’

2 Billion Beats – Mega City One

2 Billion Beats mix their love of the 80s, house music, disco, handlebar moustaches and side chaining in to a sound that references the past but puts it firmly in the phuture. With recent releases on 3am Records and getting love from DJs like Pete Herbert, Crazy P, Toby Tobias and Psychemagik they are one of the next generation of producers spinning house on it’s head.

For Mega City One they have gone deep and widescreen. With a sparkly riff that a rock solid bass nails down, the track introduces some Rhodes before building to the break. Then comes the acid and it’s a trip for the head and feet as the tracks ebbs and flows with the atmosphere and dance floor dynamics set to 10.

Next up, the King of Norway Ralph Myerz suitably steps up to the plate, being 2 Billion Beats’ favourite ever producer. Keeping it deep but with a lighter mood, he goes for a Balearic disco vibe and hits a bullseye! Vocoders, NRG bass, crisp production and the original riff give it a classic Paper house sound.

Joe Morris goes more nu-disco with analogue bass and acid, sax and stabbing synths that lock things down before the piano chords. When they come in it’s that dance floor moment you go looking for.

Finally Flash Atkins heads in the opposite direction with a mix that’s deep and moody. Over broken beats, it weaves it’s way through a soundscape of arpeggiated synths, live bass, delayed guitars and percussion to the break where it drops to nothing but a messed up gospel vocal. Then the track elements are re-introduced before strings finish things off nicely.

REACTIONS

Bill Brewster (DJ History) – Original is very oddball but kinda cool. Reminds me a bit of those proggy early 90s UK house records.

Bonar Bradberry – Joe Morris mix lovely and deep!

Severino Panzetta (Horsemeat Disco) – The original is super nice.

Shane Jackson (Fish Go Deep) – Like the original mix a lot. A rock solid groove with big, bold, confident melodies. Looking forward to playing.

Roberto Rodriguez – Oh yes! Really nice release! The mixes are cool but i think i will go for the original.

Mighty Mouse – Love the Ralph Myers remix.

Andy Ash – Love the original!

Pete Herbert – Superb EP.

Q-Burns Abstract Message – Original is nice, but it’s the somewhat melancholic Flash Atkins mix for me. Lovely.

Lewis Dene – Damn sexy music!

Benoit C – Coooooooooool ep

Craig Woodrow – Great! Strong stuff!

Havana Candy – Original mix for me. Top house music. Good work fellas

Greg Fenton (DMC) – Flash Atkins version works best for me.

Murray Richardson – Nice mixes all round here, Joe’s mix is lovely but Lord Flash pants lifts the trophy for me.

Nutritious – Impeccable!

Stuart Patterson – What a lovely record.. now just which to pick uuuuummmmm

Danielle Moore (Crazy P) – Very good release-nice optins on the mixes. Uplifting chords and all very playable-maybe the Flash Atkins is not a dancefloor option but its mood and progression makes it fave.

Cowbell Radio – Cracking stuff as always. Very hard to pick a favourite but I’m a sucker for strings and we don’t hear enough of them nowadays, so the Flash remix tips the scales for me!

Paper Radio 4 – Autumn ’12

Here’s the Autumnal edition of the Paper Radio show presented Ben Davis.

There’s new music on the label from Terry Farley’s new project Farley Silvester, Jamie L, Flash Atkins, 2 Billion Beats as well as old nuggets and other tracks new and old doing it for Paper.

Plus and interview with Bonar Bradberry and a feature on the Vinyl vs. Digital debate with opinions from Piccadilly Records’ Phillippa Jarman, Juno’s James Vorres, Juniper’s Dan Mumberson and Kelvin Andrews.

2 BILLION BEATS – MUSICA ALFRESCO

2 Billion Beats – Musica Alfresco EP by Paper Recordings

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2 Billion Beats – Musica Alfresco EP

1 The Moodymann
2 Secret Sub Disco
3 Lunar

Here is the debut EP from Manchester producers Tom Lonsborough and Col Hamilton, known as 2 Billion Beats with the Musics Alfresco EP.
Things kick things off with the uptempo ‘The Moodymann’, a funk fuelled cut of bottom heavy laden disco house. Retro synth bass with an acidic twist, rolling house rhythms and keys create a melodic yet dancefloor orientated vibe and a slightly old school feel.
Next up, ‘Secret Sub Disco’ journeys into more laid back disco territory with layers of melody washing over bubbling bass and relaxed rhythms to create a decidedly chilled vibe with some added in some acidic arpeggiated lines.
Finally IS ‘Lunar’, a deep and delightful slice of balaeric tinged house built around bass stabs, breaks and a rolling Rhodes key loop.

Bonar Bradberry : Sub disco is the one!
Craig Smith (6th Borough Project) : Can see this working well in the clubs, The Moodyman and Secret Sub Disco are my faves.
Charles Webster : Secret Sub Disco is my fave here.
Scope : This is fucking serious!!
Aldrin Zouk : Fab package! Secret Sub Disco being my fav cut.
Leftside Wobble : Most definitely feeling both Secret Sub Disco & Lunar
Q Burns : Lovely! All 3 tracks do the business
Jim Stanton (Horsemeat Disco) : The Moodymann & Lunar hit it! Yes going to play this tonight.
Justin Robertson : The Moodymann is mega!
Billy Scurry : Solid release, from peak time dance floor to afterhours beach parties.
Rocky (X-Press 2) : Nice groovy deepness, Lunar my fave.
Murray Richardson : The Moodymann makes me want to dance a lot!
Claudio Coccoluto : Secret Sub Disco for me.
Mic Newman : Nice deep package, Secret Sub Disco and Lunar are my favs.
James Teej (Rekids) : Diggin all three cuts, Lunar is amazing.
Chicken Lips : Secret Sub Disco is alreet by me!
Ryan Cananagh (Wolf + Lamb) : Wow, very nice release. Will definitely play all of these!

Daco – Drip Dry

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Paper Recordings are back with Manchester soul warrior Daco for the latest single release including a great remix from the ever consistent Yam Who?

Dave Connally AKA Daco has been releasing quality dance music for the last 20 years on labels like WEA as part of Mellowstate in the early nineties, producing for numerous labels such as Sony Music and working alongside the likes of Zed Bias, The Una Bombers and Finley Quaye. His ‘Aquarium EP’ on Paper in 2009 received broad critical acclaim and support and is now followed up with ‘Drip Dry’.

The A side features the original version of ‘Drip Dry’, a funk laden slice of slo-mo house boogie with warm analogue bass, soulful keys and looped vocal lines leading to an uplifting classic piano line that conjures up the spirit of late eighties house.

The flipside sees Yam Who? take the remix reins and deliver a bumping nu-disco house cut that ups the tempo and brings the moog work to the fore and a distinctly Moroder-esue feel to the proceedings.

BUY IT IN THE SHOP

Laurent Garnier : Definitely for my record box. Great tracks!

Una Bombers : Classy piece of retro modernism from Daco. Love it. And the Yamster comes good as always upping the tempo for later in the night. Will be dropping both of these beauties.

Ralph Lawson : Diggin the Yam Who? mix.

Rocky : Love the Yam Who? version.

Jim Baron (Crazy P) : Yes, yes! Our Dave comes up trumps here, lovin it. Massive slo-mo hands in the air &Yamz mix is handy too particularly when the faster drugs have kicked in.

Red Rack’em : Loving the OG and the remix is really cool too – I love the spacey synth action from Yam.

Stuart Patterson : Lush innit. Playlisted for the radio and I’m old enough to play it in a club as well.

Diskjokke : Loved the original, very cool track!

Horse Meat Disco : Yam Who? delivers a super playable rmx

Phat Phil : Yam Who giving it the uplift with a great remix.

Nelson Ramalho : What a fantistic track and a great start for 2011. Both Original and Yam Who? remixes

Chris Coco : Lovely and groovy, original version for me

Martin Brew : Ace!

Neil Scott (El Diablos) : Aceness! Original doing it for me but Yam Who? remix really nice too

Fred Everything : Nice release, Yam Who Remix? for me.

Billy Scurry : Lovin this!! Both strong tracks but the original does it for me, love that swing, bass and piano then great pads… Monster!!

DJ Alex From Tokyo : 2 sweet modern boogie jams!

Craig Smith (6th Borough Project) : Nice slice of 80’s style vibes

Bonar Bradberry : Really cool! Yamz mix sounds grrreat!

Leftside Wobble : Both versions ooze class but mid tempo grooves of the original definitely tip it for me.

Mathew Krysko : Boogie boogie boogie – like the original.

The Dead Rose Music Company : I love the original, real low down soundtrack to a disco extravaganza. Yam’s mix wasn’t what I was expecting, the arp groove is sick and will get played for sho!!! Big love and respect to the synth pads.