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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

Richard Seaborne – The Reasons Why

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Richard Seaborne – The Reasons Why

1. Original
2. Flash Atkins Mix
3. Sleazy McQueen Mix
4. Leon Sweet’s Negative Positive Dub Mix
5. Instrumental

Richard Seaborne has been described as “ginger and hard partying”. Quite what this means to the music he makes we don’t know but it could be important at some point. The Reasons Why is his debut for Paper Recordings and has been catching the attention on Soundcloud of the likes of Bill Brewster, Cosmic Boogie and Faith’s Dave Jarvis.

The original is a low-slung slice of garage disco that could have come out of NYC in the mid-90s. It’s got nagging percussion, a super heavy kick, driving hats and wobbling sub all wrapped round a chunky sample. The deadpan vocals are a take-down of a former lover and there’s something of the drag queen scene in it’s pithy bitchiness and attitude.

Flash Atkins takes it deep and dancefloor for a heads down main room shoe shuffler. It’s tribal and hypnotic with analogue synths washing in and out while the shifting bass takes centre stage as the vocals tell their story.

Next up Sleazy McQueen brings out The Reasons Why’s disco heart with a mix that sounds like a mirror ball on a Saturday night. With a popping Orange Juice bass circa Rip It Up, synth toms, that sample and classic house piano it’s modern disco at it’s best

Another new signing Leon Sweet brings his own pitched-down bottom heavy chugging sensibility to the table. He nags the vocal in before the tech bass sets off and the track builds with congas and acid line in to a reverbed big floor head-masher

Finally, the instrumental finished things off for those allergic to vocals.

REACTIONS

Doc Martin – Viva le Paper!

Drop Out Orchestra – Flash Atkins does it again!!!

Tensnake – Nice single, my favourite is the Sleazy Mcqueen remix.

Roberto Rodriguez – Yeah this is cool. Loving the bass in the original and the remixes are ace also!

Ralph Myerz – Loving the Sleazy McQueen & Flash Atkins mixes, full support. Another superstrong quality release from Paper.

The Glimmers – Great!

Hot Toddy (Crazy P) – I like the original very much.

diskJokke – AAAACE!!!!!

Hannah Holland – Wicked release, Sleazy McQueen is the one for me.

Aeroplane – Great, thanks!

Neil Diablo – Ace release. Like the sleazy production of the leon sweet remix the best but an all round good package.

Reza Athar – Leon Sweet is one hell of a fresh new comer. Loved his first EP on Paper and his mix on this is absolutely the one for me.

Marius Våreid – Sleazy McQueen is really doing a great job on his mix here, it’s my fav track on this great EP!

Andy Baxter – Very cool and very funny.

Trent Grimes (MOS) – This has made my day! Sleazy is on fire at the moment and Flash is always on point!

Tony Nwachukwu – Heavy!

Nick Holder (DNH) – I’m digging this!

Gareth Sommerville – Hahahaha. OG, Flash Atkins and Leon Sweet mixes all vying to be my favourite. Will play loads.

Sleazy McQueen – Such a pretty and nice song, it’s the kind I want my wife to sing me.

Danielle Moore (Crazy P) – Wa ha! Great lyrics, love it. Not got past the original yet! Chosen the original mix on the basis this is where the rest of the ace mixes came from.

Stevie Sole – Solid grooves from paper again.

Cole Medina – Like the original the best, nice remixes too!

Nuno Cacho – WOW!!! What a release!!!! Love the hard kick with post-disco flavour, Flash rocks!! On my radio show for sure, the problem will be which one?

Nelson Ramalho – Original and Sleazy McQueen are my favourites. Great package and all remixes are great and it’s great that there’s the instrumental too.

Billy Scurry – Really digging all the interpretations, hard to pick a fav as all are pretty smokin’. Full support for all!!

Jerry Bouthier (Kitsune) – Lovely samples, like the original best.

Causa (Tusk Wax) – Fine package, the Leon Sweet mix is my favourite. Top chugging business!

Stuart Patterson – Original is pick of a good bunch.

Ste Hodge – Dirty low-down goodness – big love xx