In the last 48 hrs the video views and loads for Flash Atkins -Sweetshop video have spiked – ouch :o
On Monday, 31 August from 22.00 – 23.00, failed superhero and border-line alcoholic Flash Atkins hosted a disco party on the 4th Plinth in Trafalgar Square.
He attempted to re-create the atmosphere of Studio 51, the soundtrack of the Paradise Garage, the energy of The Hacienda circa 1988, the sound system of the MOS and the lighting of U2’s stage show………by performing live and DJ-ing off a van leisure battery. He used his laptop, microkorg, MPC 2000, percussion, bongoes, microphone, loudhailer, gin, power amp and speaker to great effect.
The set consisted of his new single The Sweetshop with Caspa Codina, exclusive tracks forthcoming from himself in collaboration with Kathy Diamond, Karoshi Bros, Danielle Moore (Crazy P) and George Demure (did you hear GIGOLO played at the end of the set? WOW) plus unreleased We Are Woodville and PAPERecordings material as well as the latest bumpers and thumpers.
It is part of Anthony Gormley’s One and Other (www.oneandother.co.uk) – Watch out for a live interview in Trafalgar Square on Friday September 4 with Clive Anderson at 7pm on Sky Arts 1.
If you couldn’t make it here it is – yes HERE
Flash Atkins can finally kiss his life goodbye as a superhero plucked from the musicial underbelly of lifes hard knocks, and bask in the delicious glory that this ‘best hero in village’ local rag coverage will bring – Kyrptonite?
Pah ….. he’s even aroused the curiousity of the Queen during his forthcoming Trafalgar Square Fourth Plinth performance.
How’s he gonna get up there you ask – Cherry Picker? nahhhh he’ll fly of course….
Flash Atkins is a super hero who had his gravy days in the 80s saving the world with his ability to manipulate sound.
Unfortunately he’s fallen on hard times and can be spotted in the less salubrious parts of London, Manchester and West Yorkshire stoned or drunk on borrowed time & money. To make ends meet he uses his special powers to DJ, remix and make tracks for We Are Woodville and PAPERecordings.
The Sweetshop is his new single and is a concise slice of low-fi electronic pop sitting in the hinterland somewhere between Hot Chip and Calvin Harris. Gabriel Olegavich’s alterego, Caspa Codina takes time out from producing Spektrum, Lady Sovereign and Envy to provide vocals.
On the remix front, Håkan Lidbo goes mainfloor with a glitchy 4/4 bass driven thumper, Radioproof veer off in to Hoxton Pop territory and new kids Dieter & the Gadabouts take it deep, big and bouncy. Flash Atkins also has a crack with his Into The Valley version that takes different types of house, sticks them through the mixer and emerges with a whole load of disco attitude and something that The Juan Maclean would be proud of.
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Artist: Flash Atkins feat. Caspa Codina
Title: The Sweetshop
Released: OUT NOW!
Format: Audio Download / Video / Ringtone
2. Flash Atkins’s Into the Valley Remix
3. Radioproof’s Dollymixture
4. Håkan Lidbo’s Anti-POP Remix
5. Dieter & the Gadabouts Remix
Buy it at iTunes today!
The DJs say…
Aldrin – Zouk
“Into The Valley remix is tops! Funky!! Feeling the Original & Radioproof remix as well…”
Tony Nwachukwu – Plastic People / CDR / RBMA
“Good Release! Great to see Anti POP on the remix tip again!”
Richie Hartness – Untitledmusic
“Electro funkin house! Pop goes another tune from Flash – sure to ignite the floor!”
LA77 – Chips With Everything
“Nice!! Liking this a lot. Anti POP mix is probably the one for a set but the Diter and the Gadabouts mix is going straight on my ipod. Gig tonight in the Northern Quarter. Anti POP mix is deffo getting dropped. Word!!”
Chris Todd – Crazy P
“Really like Flash’s own into the valley remix, i’ll ‘ave a quarter of lemon bonbons please!”
Stuart Patterson – East Village / MOS Radio / Faith
“Davis in pop chart shocker – could be.. its the into the valley mix for me .. diggin’ the vocal as well.. good work Flash!”
Luke Solomon – Restless Soul
“Loving the original very much indeed..”
Tom Groove Armada
“Like the into the valley rmx, cool, fun party vibes.”
Simon Cosmic Disco
“Very tasty little electro-bumper. love the dieter & the gadabouts remix, getting good response on the dance floor.”
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