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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”

Ralph Myerz & The Kosmik Diamondz – Stay Kosmik EP

Long time Paper friend and top notch producer Ralph Myerz is back on with the opening salvo from his forthcoming album….and what a whopper! We mean literally as the first track alone clocks in at just under 15 minutes!

Ralph has been a cornerstone of the Norwegian dance scene since the early 90s when he broke globally with the Jack Herron band and “Think Twice”. Since then he has built up an eye watering body of work that ranges from jacking Chicago house and techno to nu-disco, deep house and hip hop. Last year he won the best electronic album Norwegian Grammy for Supersonic Pulse featuring George Clinton, Snoop Dog and Annie.

But here it’s strictly deep dance floor business.

Acid 4 Eddie is an epic 15 minute track built around a throbbing acid bass helped along by shuffling drums and stabby synths. The bass filters in and out as the dynamics of the track shift in a hypnotic journey, only breaking halfway through for some lighter chords before heading back in to the deep stuff and the acid peak. Then it’s a soft landing as the track winds down to enable one of those smooth running mixes.

Hello Space is a comparatively moderate 10 minutes and a synthy arpeggiated treat with a hint of Italo. Trippy vocal stabs and big atmospherics punctuate the bouncing bass which is reinforced with lead lines. Again the track breaks in the middle with some chords and an 80s synth line while the drums go breakbeat before its back to work.

Finally, Lett Sommarmat picks things up after the first two moody tracks. It uses an easy listening disco sample that is teased in before dropping to take things big room, then its smiles and hugs as the world becomes a better place!

Eli / Charles (Soul Clap / Wolf & Lamb) – Lett Sommarmat on some different future classic visions!

Danny Howells – Sounding stunning!

Skream (R1 play) – Lett Sommarmat went off at the Hideout Festival

Laurent Garnier – Cool EP

Andy Meecham – Bloody brilliant 10/10

X-Press 2 – Great EP

Justin Robertson – Acid 4 Eddie!

Bill Brewster – Nice chuggy acid biznizz.

Eric Duncan – All 3 are super!

Osunlade – Nice EP.

Tensnake – Super Nordic stuff.

Sleazy McQueen – Diggin the Acid 4 Eddie.

Claudio Coccoluto – Sounds good.

Tom Middleton – Superb release..thumbs up all around from a big fan..full support.

Groovement Soul – Great EP.

Tunnel FM – Outstanding EP.

Terence (Freak N Chic) – Paper is in the house!

Nick Woolfson (Mock ‘n Toof) – Well produced EP

Bruno (Xinobi (Discotexas) – Left Sommarnmat is a special one!

A Sagittariun (Elastic Dreams) – Gwan Paper Recordings!

Viv / Anstacia (Blond:ish) – Acid 4 Eddie.

Downtown Party Network (Eskimo) – Lett Sommarmat!

Stevie Kotey (Chicken Lips / Bear Entertainment) – Been a fan of Ralph Myerz from the start! They or he always make music I want to play. Nothing has changed!

Greg Churchill – Fuckin’ ace!

80s Child – Great e.p – Acid 4 Eddie is the standout track for me and will be getting the most plays.

Nuno Cacho – This is too good! Will be my power play every summer EPIC EP!

Joe Morris – Horizons EP

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Joe Morris – Horizons EP

1. Over My Head
2. Zazous
3. Sky Drops

Joe Morris has been earning his stripes as a DJ for over 20 years and more recently as a producer with releases on 3am, Nang, EDSRC and Baker Street. He is also promoter of the Leeds based Clandestino parties that burn a hole in the Northern underground. Joe can be found party starting behind the decks at places like the Electric Elephant and all over the UK and Europe.

Over My Head kicks things off and is main room deep house with plenty of soul. Wrapped around an analogue bass riff and synth stabs, it’s techy drums keep building to a vocal sample that gives it that all-important feeling. The track twists and turns with builds and drops for aces high dancefloor dynamics.

Next up, Zazous takes up Joe’s trademark Balearic signature sound with warm pads, drums and a touch of old school. Synth strings, washes, arps and stabs let the track ebb and flow like the Med lapping at your feet with a sundowner in your hand!

Sky Drops slows things down a notch but keeps it Balearic. Again taking it’s influence from the golden era of house, it’s the sound of Ibiza in the 90s when optimism and smiling faces were all that counted. Lush chords, strings and pianos immerse you in a world where all is good and pulsing to a house beat.

Laurent Garnier – Emoional deep moody tracks, great EP! Will play for sure!

Psychemagik – Will play out for sure!

Tensnake – Deep and spacey, quality Paper stuff.

Sleazy McQueen – Over My Head is rad!

Richard Norris – Bally-eric niceness! Where’s the beach?

Ralph Myerz – Really diggin Sky Drops! Full support!!!!!!!!

Oliver $ – Feeling Zazous.

Rocky (X-Press 2) – Sky Drops my fave.

Moonboots (Aficionado) – Sky Drops is lovely

Sean Johnston (ALFOS) – Very nice.

Craig Smith (6th Borough Project) – Sky Drops is my fave from the EP

Hannah Holland – Really love Sky Drops for warm flavours.

Ron Basejam (Crazy P) – Trancy little outing, like it.

Krysko (WEHP) – Really diggin’.

Severino Panzetta (Horsemeat Disco) – All great tracks.

Will Tramp – Top stuff, great EP!

4 Clubbers – Cracking EP from Joe, summery, balearic vibes from the top drawer. Will review!

Nathan Detroit – Lovely chugger.

Benoit C – Cool EP

Phat Phil Cooper – Just when I thought this was not happening for me, WHAM… SKY DROPS… lovely lovely stuff…

Space Ranger – Very nice EP.

Murray Richardson – Smashing release, like all the trax and will be perfect for the Rebel Waltz 15th birthday party this w/end

Kiko Navarro – Very good EP, each one on a different mood.

Chris Coco – Really deep and lovely. Perfect for the Melodica radio show.

Billy Scurry – Niiiiiiccceeee!!! Absolutely beautiful.Digging the production and feel on all tracks.

Richard Seaborne – Very much like Over My Head…great vox…early morning biz…but the tech deepness of Zazous gets my vote…wicked stuff.

Jon Freer – Zazous is cool!

Nick Holder (DNH) – I’m digging Sky Drops!

Cowbell Radio – Hard to pick between Zazous and Sky Drops, both Balearic beauties, lovely stuff!

Aldrin Zouk – Sky Drops for me.

Nelson Ramalho – Great job I’ll be supporting these tracks.

Craig Woodrow – Northern underground …yum!

CP (Inkfolk) – Fantastic EP, Sky Drops for me

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.