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Flash Atkins Juno Review

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“Paper Recordings chief Flash Atkins is a friendly sort of chap, and in recent times has spent has evenings locked in the studio with some of the label’s lesser-known names. Here, he delivers the fruit of those labours: a collaborative EP featuring a trio of new cuts. “Wilco”, with 2 Billion Beats, begins as a chunky, low-slung, disco-influenced house number, before morphing into a Moroder-ish chunk of electronic disco madness. CP hook-up “Malawi Chant” (also available in stripped-back Dub form) is a breezy afrobeat affair – all undulating rhythms, darting organs and African chants. Finally, “Calieo Square”, with Havana Candy, is an atmosphere, picturesque slither of melodic nu-disco.”

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Flash Atkins – Collaborations # 1

Flash Atkins, hero to some but a waste of taxpayers money to most. But between drinking, smoking, drugging and drinking again he has found time to get in the studio with some fellow producers from the Paper stable.

He goes head to head with young bucks and 80s house merchants 2 Billion Beats in a tribute to legendary guitarist, Wilco Johnson. Starting with a sampled Dr Feelgood bass it builds up with acid tweeks and arps before a digital pad takes it to the drop. It’s then that the NRG takes off in a 70s pub rock / Giorgio Moroder / house hybrid.

Next up Flash enlists Hebden Bridge local hero, DJ and promoter CP (known to his Mum as Chris Price). It kicks off with a group of men singing on their way to work that was recorded by Flash in Malawi (true story). For the track they have enlisted the cream of Yorkshire’s musicians with live keys, trumpet, percussion and bass for a soulful afro house sound. When the pads come in the second half it takes off!

The dub keeps the bones of the track but adds electronics for an arpeggiated deep house mix with enough grunt to satisfy the most heads down floors. It ebbs and flows as synths and reverbs filter in and out and a piano give it a techno hook.

Finally Flash hooks up with Havana Candy (who has recently been seen on Tusk Wax as Causa) for Calieo Square. This is a deeper and dreamier affair that sounds like the Wamdue Kids in their heyday. Shimmering percussion, synth washes, analogue keys and arps weave a deep house soundscape for heads and feet alike.

Rune Lindbaek – Looooving this Malawi, my favourite tune of the moment!

Tensnake – Quality jams , perfect for summer disco parties!

Nathan Detroit – PUMPERZ! Love Wilco!

Sleazy McQueen – I’m totally feeling the break vibe and transition on Wilco!

Q-Burns Abstract Message – Solid all the way around. “Wilco” is my pick of a very strong bunch. Thanks!

Leftside Wobble – Malawi Chant on board the Africa Express for me.

Marius Våreid (Full Pupp) – All these are top tunes, proper aceness!

Nick Holder (DNH) – Calieo Square is FIRE!

Dave Jarvis (Faith) – Excellent allround welldone !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dom Servini (Wah Wah 45) – Malawi Chant for me.. deepness!!

Daniel Solar – Wilco is sick! I’m already sure i will play it loads! Thanks

DJ Rocca (Ajello) – Great stuff! Malawi Chant Dub and the amazing balearic Calieo Square are my favourites

Bottin’ – Nice EP

Jacob (Eclectic Avenue Records) – Best EP, I’ve heard in a while this. Hard to pick my favourite but if I had to it would be Malawi Chant, but all will get played by me.

Harri (Sub Club) – Nice work mate….liking these

Cosmo Vitelli – Wilco and the Malawi tracks are great.
Solid EP, will play it

Justin Harris (Freaks) – Great EP – niiice ;)

Aldrin Zouk – Good package. Calieo Square on point.

This Is Why We Dance – Off the wall stuff here…

Wrighty (Soul Buggin’) – Great EP, gonna be playing all of the tracks on here. Malawi Chant edges it for me, so damn funky

Jamie L – Deep valley vibes, nice work lads.

Nelson Ramalho (The Weekend Warm Up) – Fantastic loving all three tracks! Calieo is floaty, Wilco is bouncy and Malawi Chant is groovy (go for the dub for a more clubby sound). A nice combo and a strong EP.

Bobby Beige – Excellent stuff,really like all three tracks the kind of house music i like,interesting and deep

Andrew Clarke – Great EP but especially liking the afro vibes of Malawi Chant. Lovely stuff!!

Black Mighty Wax – Yes!! Wilco And Calieo Square will fit perfectly my dj sets. Peace!

Death on the Balcony – Wilco & Calieo Square are the ones!

Tunnel FM – Outstanding EP… “Wilco”, “Malawi Chant (Dub)” & “Calieo Square” stand out for me… absolutely support.

The Lovely Jonjo – Really loving the build of Wilco when that Morodory second drop comes in. Super

Frank Lihaug – Fantastic ep – The Wilco track is sick…

Nuno Cacho – Wilco is a genius track! Malawi Is really a fusion between New Orleans, Angola and Phily’s 90 House? Brilliant! Ok on the Dub put a little beat more of Spirituals… Calieo Square, is so refreshing… Reminds me the after hours on boat at the Douro River playing the Paper’s vinyl promos on the 90’s.

Murray Richardson – I like the malawi chant so i do so i do

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!

Jamie L – (What We Saw) In The Burg

 

Jamie L – (What We Saw) In The Burg

A. In The Burg
In The Burg (Havana Candy Mix)
B In The Burg (Cottam Remix)

Jamie L is a mysterious figure of undisclosed origin and history who fits in to the Moodyman / Theo Parrish mold of heavy future disco; which his new production ‘(What We Saw) In The Burg’ nails.

It’s a heavy leftfield groove laid over broken house beats with a filtered bass, samples and leftfield vibe. The Detroit pad creeps up to the break and filters in and out as the track works it’s way through for locked down dance floor business.

Next up, Havana Candy breaks out the analogue and takes things deeper and techier. With a rolling bass and tweaking acid line, it cuts to a Rhodes before filtering down and riding back to the heads down groove.

Cottam steps up for Paper for the first time and demonstrates what all the fuss is about with a very special mix. Clocking in at 9.41 it’s deep, tough soulful house that crosses the 4/4 divide from techno to disco and deep house to soul.

Ron Basejam (Crazy P) – Love the original, everything he does oozes class and this is no different. cottam just shades it though, pitch down wild-pitch shit.
Sleazy McQueen – This is a wicked Moodymann style slice of house music!

Kelvin Andrews – Real nice release, definitely will play.

Dicky Trisco – All the mixes are good. But it is all about the original really. Jamie L has landed. I’m a fan!

Jimpster – Cottam mix is ace!

Erik Duncan – COOOOOL!!!

Kev Beedle – Nice selection of mixes here.

Neil Diablo – Good EP!

Sean Johnston (A Love From Outer Space) – NIce stuff!

Harri – All good mixes here but Cottam mix is stand out for me.

diskJokke – Loving all versions.

This Is Why We Dance – Very cool.

Q-Burns Abstract Message – Good things happening here, leftfield indeed. Cottam the pick for me, and Havana Candy valiantly steps up to the plate. Dig.

Space Ranger – Love the Cottam remix and the original.

Tom Findlay (Groove Armada) – Wicked!

Marius Våreid (Full Pupp) – Very good package, love the two mixes on this one and Cottam delivers my fav of them all.

Roberto Rodriguez – Loving these tunes! Mixes are great.

Stretford Dog’s Club – Loving the Cottam mix guys…. :)

Olle Abstract – Really dig the Havana Candy mix. Classic!

Stuart Patterson – ace .. simply ace .. my kinda house.. will play whenever i can ..

The Lovely Jonjo – IN The Burg is amazing!

Ste Hodge – Jamie L is my new hero (sorry Flash). All mixes doing the do – WICKED RELEASE.

Flash Atkins – Did You Forget To Shine?

Flash Atkins new EP

Deep disco vibes from Flash!

Super-numpty Flash Atkins is back with a new EP and it’s a bobby belting package of deep nu-disco vibes.

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Flash Atkins – Did You Forget To Shine? feat. Sally Garozzo

1. Original
2. Dubstramental
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.

Flash Smashes Traxsource – wahooooooooooooo

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.

Paper Radio 3 – JULY 2012

Paper Recordings, home of all things deep house and disco is back with it’s 2 hour radio show. It’s got Paper music new and old, interviews with Al Kent, Yam Who? and Cottam plus a mix by Havana Candy all stitched together by head honcho Ben Davis.

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1. Proviant Audio – Hey, Let’s Do It! (Jay Shepherd Unreleased Instrumental)
2. The Treatment – One Less Day

Al Kent Interview

3. Universal Robot Band – Dico Boogie Woman
4. Research – Day By Day (Psychemagik Mix)
5. K-Scope – Humanism
7. Jesse Bru – Brain To Mouth

Cottam Interview

8. Jamie L – In The Burg (Cottam Mix)
9. Havana Candy – Last Train
10. Rune Lindbaek – Sin Zen
11. Problem Kids – Meandering Benders
12. Lup Ino – Funsick (Neil Diablo Luv Dub Edit)
13. Bedmo Disco – Illusion

HAVANA CANDY MIX
13 – Story – Diva Dub – Story Recs
14- Ejeca – Pushed – Tusk Wax
15 – Havana Candy – Tera – Paper Recordings
16. Pollyn – Sometimes You Just Know (Moodymann Rmx) – Music! Music Group
17. Tego Calderon – Corillo de los Trangalanga (Jose Marquez Rmx) – Basic Fingers
18. Havana Candy – Alji – CDR
19. Trevino – Backtracking – The Nothing Special Recs

Yam Who? Interview

 

HAVANA CANDY – THE BLACK KEYS EP

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
VERY GOOD.

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!