Here’s what happens when the blaggard and drunkard pops out for a pack of fags in Manchester.
England’s loss is Norway’s gain!
Flash Atkins has been busy holed up in his camper van brewing cider and smoking dried banana skins. Another feather to stick in his cape is winning the Laneside Farm Summer Fete Arm Wrestling Championship in Hebden Bridge, but I’m not sure it can be said that it was won fair and square as his opponents didn’t have the use of superpowers.
The man with the dirty cape is out on the road DJing and has put together a live show, The Flash Atkins Experience. Expect breakdancing, sound manipulation, lasers, guitars, bongos, big bass, Tim and Tom from Crazy P and DATG plus of course plenty of Flash Atkins D.I.S.C.O. music.
Aug 21 (DJ Set) Bang Bang, Kilmarnock
Aug 29 (DJ Set) Soul Buggin’ BBQ, Moog, Nottingham
Sept Live (Live) Péchés Mignons presents , Cardiff Arts Institute
Sept 24 (Live) Into The Valley, Hebden Bridge (with Ashley Beedle)
There is the all new Flash Atkins Fan Page and Band Page which is where all the action happens from now on. Go ahead, like it and bring world peace!
Facebook Fan Page
There’s a new mix up on http://soundcloud.com/flash-atkins/flash-atkins-mix-summer-2010 to stream or download. It’s got unreleased tracks from Flash and PAPERecordings plus the usual afrodiscohouseyshizzle.
Out on September 6 is the Flash Atkins mix of We Could Be by Justin Robertson’s The Deadstock 33s. It draws on house, funk and electro for some deep but lively spacedisco.
Next up is his own deep, burning soul sizzler that is Make Your Move with Danielle Moore on vocals and mixes from Atjazz & Ashley Beedle. Both releases are out on PAPERecordings PAPERecordings Website
He’s also just finished a mix of Electro Tsunami by The Real Dolls that will be out on Manchester’s Switchflicker Records.
The Flash Atkins Summer Mix and a Q & A is up on a Funky Doo’s new blog.
A Funky Doo
Life loser, failed Super Hero and dis-reputable alcoholic Flash Atkins has managed to temporarily get his shit together and use his superpowers to create a fantastic video for his brand new release, The Sweetshop.
The Sweetshop (Pick & Mix) has got lo-fi bass, crunchy drums and snapping synths all topped off with 70s crooner Caspa Codina’s sleazy falsetto; it’s pop music with a knowing wink and impeccable 80s credentials.
The video (http://youtube.com/flashatkins) for The Sweetshop is completely unique and turns social networking on it’s head; In a world where all the ideas have been used up, this is a NEW ONE! It takes a sideways look at Facebook / YouTube / My Space / Twitter and filters it all through the seedy world of Flash Atkins.
Remixes come from producer of the hour Medasyn with a big room electro mix complete with crowd noises, dirty distorted basslines and 80s arpeggiators Magik J does his hypnotic heads down thing with a vocal and dub suitable for those darker moments. The tracks mix up fidget, techno and house, guaranteeing full floors and thrown shapes.
The single is out on general release on March 22 but in the meantime you can hear it all on http://soundcloud.com/flash-atkins
So hop on board Flash Atkins’ booze wagon and see if we can’t chance The Sweetshop in to world domination! Flash will personally let you buy him a drink when you next pick him up out of the gutter.
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