The first trailer for our forthcoming documentary on the history of Norwegian dance music is now live featuring Bjorn Torske, Idjut Boys, Annie, Bill Brewster, Mental Overdrive, Rune Lindbaek, James Hillard (Horsemeat Disco), DJ Strangefruit (Mungolian Jetset), Olle Abstract, Joakim (Smalltown Supersound), diskJokke and Mikal Telle with a few others chucked in.
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.
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!
Super-numpty Flash Atkins is back with a new EP and it’s a bobby belting package of deep nu-disco vibes.
Flash Atkins – Did You Forget To Shine? feat. Sally Garozzo
3. Hot Toddy Mix
4. Jamie L Mix
5. Havana Candy Mix
Flash Atkins is a Super Hero who is neither super nor a hero. In fact he’s pretty much a waste of space who would sell his own grandmother for a free drink.
However he does still have the ability to manipulate sound and uses it to make high-grade house music for Paper Recordings.
Did You Forget To Shine? is deep nu-disco that first saw the light of day earlier in the year (in edited form) on the label’s warmly received compilation, Paper Cuts # 1.
Featuring the vocals of Sally Garozzo and based around an analogue bass riff, the track weaves hypnotically with pads and synths before stripping things back in the second half. A rhythm guitar is then introduced that builds things back up to the end.
Next up, there’s an instrumental version for those allergic to vocals. Keeping all the original elements but with added synth lines to keep the track bubbling, it again builds to the rhythm guitar and pads at the end.
First off the blocks, Crazy P’s Hot Toddy is welcomed back in to the Paper fold with an ace mix of deep soulful house. A rubber bass pins things down whilst snatches of vocals and Rhodes make way for a tougher synth riff to get it rocking.
Man of mystery Jamie L does his leftfield disco thing and works the groove over a live bass, lazy low-slung beat and live claps. It’s locked in heads down tackle that layers up the riff with a synth that changes it up a gear.
Finally Havana Candy brings his analogue sensibility to the mix with a deep and techy version that uses elements of the original and full vocals but with added pads, giving it a timeless Balearic electronic flavour.
DJ Nutritious – Possibly my favourite release of the year!
Roberto Rodriguez – Nice new song from Flash! All the versions are cool, but i think i will spin the Jamie L mix the most.
Andy Ash – Cool track, Hot Toddy remix is really nice.
Pete Herbert – Digging the Dub and Hot toddy mixes!!
Miguel Migs – Digging the “jamie L remix” and also the “dubstrumental”.
El Harvo (Future Boogie) – Feeling this!
Fred Everything – Straight to the Hot Toddy for predictable ‘ol me.
Drop Out Orchestra – Lovely. Original all the way
Cristophe (Futureboogie) – Loving the vocal and groove on this. Hot. Will play the original and the Hot Toddy mix.
Red Rack’em – Digging the Jamie L remix. Will play it on my show I think…
Dicky Trisco – Feeling that Jamie L mix!
Rune Lindbaek – Top stuff.
Lost My Dog – I’ll have a Hot Toddy please barman.
Daniel Solar – Original and/or Hot Toddy Remix. Not exactly sure yet. But overall a very nice release :-)
Sleazy McQueen – well, I heard the samples for Jamie L and Havana Candy and knew it was a good package, but to add Hot Toddy– now I know it’s GREAT!
Stuart Knight (Toolroom) – Flash is back….loving the grove on the Jamie L remix.
Bill Brewster (DJ History) – hot Toddy mix wins.
Trent Grimes (MOS Australia) – Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jerry Bouthier – Nice! Supporting.
Pete Gooding – Nice track, hot toddy mix is best for me.
Jim Baron (Crazy P / Ron Basejam) – Ooh yeh, Toddy’s mix for me. no surprises there then!
The Lovely Jonjo – So sexy really good slow groover.
Cowbell Radio – Another strong all-round package, a bit like Flash’s codpiece! Always had a lot of love for the original but for my dancefloor I think Hot Toddy just wins by a nose.
Harri – Nice tune Ben…..full support : )
Henri Kohn – Great singles. Hot Toddy mix for me but all mixes are hot.
Inland Knights – Jamie L mix is the one for me.
Jonny Miller – More quality from the most rubbish superhero of all time. The orig, dub and havana mixes would fit nicely into the deep disco set alongside Maurice Fulton, the toddy will work for the deep house bods and jamie’s mix i think will appeal to your joy orbison type people with expensive glasses. That mix i think is my fav mix too X JM
Death on the Balcony – Hot Toddy please!!!
Mighty Mouse – Original mix for me, great track, full support.
Marius Våreid – Hahaha, fantastic intro following this release! It is quality all the way here, but the Hot Toddy mix is my choice for the dance floor. My personal fav is the dubstramental of the OG. Well done!
Kiko Navarro – Good release, i will play Hot Toddy mix.
This Is Why We Dance – Quality underground disco-deep shizzle.
Stuart Patterson – oh no! Flash has gone will bent, must be all the lycra outfit, thankfully Hot Toddy bounces to the rescue and Jamie L darks it up. Oh damn, i might even play the original.
Pete Herbert – Digging the Dub and Hot toddy mixes!!
Bottin – Nice Toddy.
Moodymanc – All about the Hot Toddy.
Ian Pooley – HOT TODDY -&rt; LoVE !!!!!!
Aldrin Zouk – Sexy groovy original, dub & Hot Toddy remix.
Deep Space Orchestra – Last Train is really nice gear.
Moonboots – Last Train is lovely. I’ll defo give it some play over the winter months. Hopefully it’ll be top of the hit parade by the time Summer starts in October. Nice bit of acid from Mr Atkins too.
James Holroyd – Last train is superb.
Billy Scurry – Wow, this grabbed me from the off, loving that groove on All Night. Very infectious, top support.
Dicky Trisco – All Night is the one for me. Wicked night time boogie sounds.
Scope – Both mixes of Tera are hot!
Severino Panzetta – Flash Atkins in BIG form at the mo
Bottin – Nice one!
Rune Lindbaek – Love it, Lancashire’s finest!
Sleazy McQueen – Yeah, sounds pretty gnarly.
Hunk of a Man – Top Nice! the youngsters will love this. Sign me up!
Bill Brewster (DJ History) – REALLY like All Night, very groovy, unassuming and deeeep. Last Train also nice and Flash remix of Tera.
Christophe (Futureboogie) – This is great & perfect timing too, will be playing this in Space on Sunday, thank you!
Drop Out Orchestra – Tera is a great track! Love both original and Flash mixes.
Greg Churchill – Flash is on fire!
Murray Richardson – Cool tunes for sure, Flash’s remix is my fav and liking the original mix of ALL NIGHT too…smashing!
Sloth Boogie – Really love the acid boogie Flash Atkins version!