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Flash Atkins – The Life and Times

Label boss Ben Davis has pulled on tights and cape once again to launch his debut LP for Paper “The Life and Times of Flash Atkins” and it’s a belter. The first singe “Levenshulme Orphanage For Boys” had love from types such as Francois Kervorkian, Peter Kruder and Ivan Smagghe as well as glowing reviews in Mixmag and DJ Mag and the long-player has more of the same.

The tracks cover an array of musical styles from house to disco, chug funk to bass, bangers and afro rhythms to 80s influenced cosmic beats. As well as dynamic production and a keen sense of groove, the whole album is based on a short story of the life of Flash that will be published as a comic at the same time. The track and chapter titles are one and the same to provide a sensory listening experience that tells a tale reflecting the mood of the story as well as blowing up dance floors with its sonic superpowers.

Says Flash of his creation. “I wanted to create an album that drew inspiration from my 20 years making music and DJing. You can hear classic disco (‘Saved By The Fall’), post dubstep (‘Forbidden Flesh’), Dirtybird (‘Summer Of Love’), Theo Parrish (‘Drug Empire’), Afro (‘Squatting’), Nu Disco (‘Badger From The North’), 90s US deep house (‘The Wilderness’), ALFOS (‘Levenshulme Orphanage For Boys’), Todd Terje (‘Acid House Creator’) and Metro Area / Balearica (‘A New Kind of Superhero’)”.

There will also be a smartphone game, limited edition Flash Atkins beer called “Hops For Heroes”, full colour printed comic and remix album later in the year featuring The Emperor Machine, Steve Cobby, The Revenge, Ralph Myerz, Rune Lindbaek, Sleazy McQueen and B.G. Baarregaard amongst others.
Hugely ambitious and creative in so many ways, this album is already looking like one of the highlights of the year.

Laurent Garnier – “Great compilation – Drug empire is brilliant”

Ivan Smagghe – “Plenty in there for me for sure”

The Revenge – “Lots of great stuff on here, really digging The Wilderness”

Steve Cobby – “Really digging this!”

Ray Mang – “Great work!”

The Emperor Machine – “Love it!”

Bonar Bradberry (PBR Streetgang) – “Some great sounds on this .. look forward to giving it deeper listen”

Bill Brewster – “Yeah there’s some very god stuff on here”

Sean Johnston (A Love From Outer Space) – ‘Size of a dog is very good!’

Sleazy McQueen – “Excellent”

Hot Toddy (Crazy P)– “I love the vibe of Drug Empire…DOPE!”

Sean Johnston (ALFOS) – “Size of a Dog is very good!”

Horse Meat Disco – “YES great vibe here!”

Doc L Junior – “Dirty as it should be and crazy like a true super hero.”

Rune Lindbaek – “Ace!”

Fingerman – “Sounding very tasty! Some real gems on here :)”

Billy Scurry – “Feels like I’ve played one of these every set for the past 20 years!! Hot stuff indeedy Mr
Flash!!”

2 Billion Beats – “Top notch production throughout Flash, hard to pick a winner!”

Joe Morris (Clandestino) – “Great stuff here, very high quality LP and something for everyone. Congratulations
Flash! I’m plumping for ‘A New Kind of Superhero’ as my fave, love the downtempo vibe on that but will defo try ‘Drug Empire’ out for the dance floors”

Trash The Wax # 2

Following the trail-blazing footsteps left by the first volume we are pleased to herald the arrival of Trash The Wax # 2.

Volume 1 shot to the top spot of the Juno Download chart and has been heard in such far flung discotheque destinations as Croatia, Ibiza, Leeds, London, Ireland and the motherland of Manchester. Support came from Emperor Machine, Psychemagik, Danny Krivit, Tom Findlay (Groove Armada), Horse Meat Disco, Eric Duncan and many more.

The second instalment picks up the (glitter) ball and cranks things up with 19 tracks courtesy of seasoned sound creators. There is Midnight Riot’s 80’s Child, Festival Number 6’s disco queen Sophie Lloyd, Norwegian legend Doc L Junior, Disco Deviance fellas SHMLSS, edit master Alkalino plus the man with the dirtiest underpants in club land Flash Atkins!

We’ve also brought some new discoveries to the fold who have turned up, turned on and turned out to capture the TTW vibe. Step forward Pammin, Tuxxedo, The Funk District, Morgan Cannon, Belabouche and Somerville & Wilson.

From Volume 1 Leon Sweet, Neil Diablo, 2 Billion Beats, Pablo & Shoey and Paper’s very own tea boy Chris Massey make a return visit with more essential dance floor filling cuts to tickle your boogie bone.

Expect everything from jacked out chugged up shufflers to bangers and sing-a-long peak timers so if Trash The Wax Volume 1 made you move then Volume 2 will ensure you need to go shopping for a new pair of dancing clogs.

Album includes a bonus DJ Megamix from one of Paper’s bright stars – Leon Sweet

Trash The Wax Launch Party

Paper Rec 212 party

Paper Disco are dusting themselves off to launch Trash The Wax # 2, a compilation of all things boogie related at Leeds’ finest venue The 212 Café & Bar.

We’re talking megaballs system, rotary mixer, a bar serving booze and a whole heaping of the good stuff from Flash Atkins Fan Page Richard Seaborne and JCub Kelly.

Cancel the dinner party, book a baby / dog / catsitter, dust off your rave goggles and prepare to get busy.

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Paper Christmas Party

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Its time to strut under the mistletoe and wig out with a mince pie at the annual Paper Recordings Xmas party!

Held in probably the finest establishment found in Manchester’s Northern Quarter…we’re taking over Kosmonaut Manchester’s basement for one night only to provide a free end of year party of all things house, disco, afro, boogie, balearic and much more…

And who better to soundtrack this than by getting our very own “Horsemen of Paper” Flash Atkins, Chris Massey Music & 2 Billion Beats all on board to provide the best party atmosphere you’re likely to find in Manchester?

All killer…no filler…expect quality tunes, great drinks….no Shakin’ Stevens or Band Aid….

Party ignites 9pm – 2am…Kosmonaut Basement…FREE entry

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Paper Radio – Autumn ’14 (Prins Thomas, Steve Cobby & B.G.Baarregaard)

Here’s the Autumn edition of Paper Radio and it’s a cracker with interviews from Prins Thomas and B.G. Baarregaard plus a brilliant mix by Steve Cobby.

It’s all held down by the label’s very own Ben Davis along with paper music new and old from Crazy Penis, Flash Atkins, Yam Who, Chris Massey, De Fantastsike To, Diskobeistet,Leon Sweet and a bunch of others.

1. Richard Seaborne – Times Are Hard (De Fantastiske To Mix)
2. Doc L. Jnr – Let’s Go (Never Been to Tokyo)

B.G Baarregaard Interview

3. B.G.Baarregaard – Playboy
4. Flash Atkins – Levenshulme Orphanage For Boys
5. La Guardia De La Luz – Resonate
6. Crazy Penis – Give It Up (LAID Vocal Mix)

PRINS THOMAS INTERVIEW
(background track Symfonisk Utviklingshemming)

7. Prins Thomas & Lindstrom – Boney M Down
8. Leon Sweet – Sunny Bigler
9. De Fantasiske To – Gimme Sum Dim Sum

STEVE COBBY MIX
10. Sola Rosa ft Georgia Anne Muldrow – Never Too Far
11. Alice Smith – Love Endeavour(Maurice Fulton Mix)
12. Roberta Flack – Uh Uh (Steve Hurley Mix)
13. The Thing – Tonite Im Gonna Love Ya
14. D.A.F. – Kebab Traume

15. Diskobeistet – Birkelunden
16. Belabouche – Mysterious Vibes (Belabouche edit)
17. Yam Who Feat. Natasha Watts – Don’t You Want My Love (Massey’s Paper Fold)

Paper Hit Oslo

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Paper Recordings 20 years! + De fantastiske to EP release @ Seeds Oslo
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Hi dudes / dudettes we would like to invite you to our superawesome-backyard-preparty saturday the 20th of september :)

GUESTLIST ONLY (ATTENDING = GUESTLIST)

Includes: Welcome drinks – birthday prices in the bar- birthday cake and a pretty decent lineup:

20.00 Flash Atkins “20 years of paper” special dj-set
21.00 Ralph Myerz
22.00 De fantastiske to feat Jay Nemor (LIVE)

Seminal UK label Paper Recordings is celebrating its 20th birthday at Seeds on Saturday September 20. The label has been responsible for some of dance music’s finest moments and has had a connection with Norway that continues to this day. Artists like Rune Lindbaek, Those Norwegians, Kahuun, Proviant Audio and Ralph Myerz have all featured heavily over the years and new signings De Fantastiske To are set to continue that legacy.

On the night Ralph Myerz will be playing live and debuting cuts from his forthcoming album and label boss Ben Davis will be donning his Flash Atkins cape to play a special Paper set covering its rich history. Oslo’s De Fantastiske To will be celebrating the release of their Smile EP on the label and everybody will be getting giddy!

Alfresco

Get yourself down to Alfresco in Blackpool on May 25 for a knock out line up and after party held down by A Love From Outer Space and Paper Recordings.
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Megamix Meltdown!

Mixes are like buses, you wait for one for an hour after a heavy night with your can of Red Stripe getting warm when three arrive at once. So we are with with a Rune Lindbaek set from the legendary Klub Kebbab in 2013, Flash Atkins mixing up deep house and disco to perfection and Research getting their electro boogie on.

Flash Atkins – Collaborations # 2

Resident Paper munter and self soiler Flash Atkins is back with a second EP of collaborations. The first found favour with people like Danny Krivit, Bill Brewster, Crazy P and Moodymanc and was heard playing everywhere from The Warehouse Project to Croatian boat parties.

Flash?s first studio victim was young gun Chris Massey which resulted in a deep tribal house throbber that?s heavy on atmosphere as the first half builds around an arp, sub and subterranean percussion. For the drop the mood lightens with a Rhodes and 80s synth line as all the elements are re-introduced for maximum dancefloor dynamics.

Daco’s head was next on the Flash?s studio block and their track Vowerk is named after a breed of chicken. Fact. It’s a super-heavy slice of main room tech-house built around a distorted arped bass that summons up the spirit of John Ciafone and Mood II Swing.

Manchester veteran Neil Diablo didn’t know what he was getting in to and by the time he’d worked it out they were two tracks down. Nezulka is deep house at it’s finest and on a Hot Creations tip but without the whiff of sunglasses in nightclubs. Swinging drums and analogue bass keep it ticking over before the synths in the second half mellow things out to drag you out the K hole you may have been sliding in to.

The EP is rounded off with some 90s vibing house that?s got a bit of Balearic business going on. With samples firing off the track builds to the break where the organ does it’s sunset thing. But wait, is that a male vocal singing Hey Yeah as the drums drop? By golly it is and doesn’t it sound fine!

Moodymanc – Excellent vibrations from the most motley crew in dirty disco…

Stuart Knight (Toolroom) – NEZULKA is the one for me …dope !!!

Justin Harris (Freaks) – Sodium Original is really cool – nice EP.

Nathan Detroit – Love Massey. Love Diabo. Love this!

Nick Holder (DNH) – Nice and deep.

Harri – NIce work!

Nutritious – Vowerk!

Da Wiseguy – Nice pack of 4 steady builders….but Sodium kills them all!

Aldrin Zouk – Sodium is my fav cut.

Jonny Miller (Southport Weekender) – Flash Atkins, total loser so thank god someone else is on hand to help here. I love the bass edge on ‘Vowerk’, one for the shufflers at Southport maybe? The Neil Diablo collar cuts also worked very nicely, great EP!

Da Sunlounge – Sodium is very nice, will play this.

Dan J – Fully digging Vowerk, proper druggy business and looking forward to trying this out.

CP (Inkfolk) – Sounds like a Tribal records Eric Kupper outing…Nice.

Bootsy – The Neil Diablo collab Nezulka is my pick and love the vocal sample. But may I say the Daco track Vowerk doesn’t half kick eh? A close second!

Leri Ahel (Mutant Disco Radio Show) – Great EP, Vowerk is the one for me.

Ed Mahon (Cowbell Radio) – Loving everything about the Dirty Protest!

Dogan Aktay – I think the Neil Diablo ones stand a head above the other two but I like the overall coherence of the release.

Russell Politt – Got quality stamped right through this – brilliant EP.

Flash Hits the Manchester Evening News

Flash City Life

The MEN caught up with Flash down the back alleys of Manchester’s Northern Quarter to show them his budgie smugglers and talk about the new compilation series that’s being launched at Kraak Gallery in Manchester this Saturday night….