Life and Times” album on Paper Recordings. This time he pulls in three of the world’s best producers of underground future disco and all of them step up the the plate to score a bullseye with their first throw.
First up The Emperor Machine has taken Summer of Love to analogue heaven with arps, heavily treated vocals, electro bass and wacked out beats. The track’s stripped back dynamics keep changing as it’s deep drug chug rocks out for over 10 sublime proto-disco minutes.
Man of the moment Fila Brazilia’s Steve Cobby is enjoying a renaissance after two albums that have ruled 2014 / 15. On Forbidden Flesh he takes Crazy P’s Danielle Moore’s vocals and lays them over a soulful techy track that will fit any after dark occasion with devastating results. And it’s got loads of cowbell.
After the veterans it’s time for a young gun to nail his colours to the mast. Iceland’s B.G.Baarregaard has been one to watch and his blend of good time disco has been lining him up as Todd Terje’s heir apparent. His remix of Badger From The North is peak-time nu-disco that wears it’s musicality lightly and sacrifices nothing for sheer playability.
Overall, a 12” that takes the Flash Atkins originals and breathes new life in to them for three cuts that will smash anything they’re thrown at.
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
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”