Wednesday, 9 December 2009
The second in the series of PAPERecordings Minimixes mixed by Flash Atkins with bits and bats from the catalogue. It also includes the unreleased Feel Your Love by Daco, out early next year Aquarium EP.
Essa - Africans in Space (Lightyears From Launderdale Mix)
Daco - Feel Your Love feat. Sarah Howard (Unreleased)
Departure Lounge - Nu Odyssey
DJ Tvyks & Hakan Lidbo - Norr / Vychodd (Version 1)
Nu Phunk Theory - Phunk Theory Theme
Harlem Zip Code - Live at the Apollo
The Bionics - I Care
DJD - The Flow
Tony Senghore - What Is It/What It Is (Horhaus Vocal)
Friday, 4 December 2009
Flash Atkins - Dec '09 Mix by Flash Atkins
Tuesday, 1 December 2009
Wednesday, 18 November 2009
Tuesday, 10 November 2009
Monday, 9 November 2009
Thursday, 5 November 2009
Monday, 26 October 2009
Tuesday, 20 October 2009
The Spandua Ballet classic Chant No. 1 (I Can’t Keep This Pressure On) has been given a disco re-rub by Flash Atkins as part of the Fags & Booze EP. It features Crazy P’s Danielle Moore doing her best Tony Hadley impression on vocals.
The stems and parts can be downloaded at http://www.sendspace.com/file/vexrmt to remix and re-edit. The best will be put out by We Are Woodville so send a link of your version to firstname.lastname@example.org by Jan 1.
FAGS & BOOZE EP
The EP is finally out and is a solid four track EP of leftfield house, disco and downbeat with warblers George Demure, Crazy P’s Danielle Moore and Beta Band cohort Sean Reveron. It is dedicated to his favourite things in life: the fags and the booze.
First up, Scotland’s finest baritone and lady’s man George Demure sings of his life as a gigolo over a thudding double bass driven thumper. It resonates with touches of wild pitch before descending in to some serious guitar disco action to wrap things up.
Next, everybody’s least favourite 80s Old Romantics Spandau Ballet get their only good song Chant Number 1 (I Don’t Need This Pressure On) given the disco re-rub treatment with Crazy P’s Danielle Moore doing her best Tony Hadley impression. An analogue bass sits over shuffling dancefloor beats with plenty of electronic action before ending with some heavenly rhodes, strings, arpeggiator and pads.
The Flow takes things down a notch with a down tempo track that tips its hat to Kruder & Dorfmeister and Talk Talk. It features LA rapper Sean Reveron who has worked with David Holmes and The Beta Band in top rhyming form. There are sirens, strings, feedback, off kilter beats and a break in the middle that uses a kit sampled in the cellar of Hoxton boozer, William IV.
Finally there is a Wild Pitch dub of G.I.G.O.L.O that does what it says on the tin by keeping things simple but with some extra wild pitch ‘on the one’.
Get it here:
Josh Wink : All about the wild pitch dub mix. Really raw, I dig.
Leo Elstob (Leo Zero) : The Chant No.1 is genius. Nuff said.
Luke Solomon : Great e.p, I even quite like the Spandau cover, and I hate Spandau ballet!
Red Rack ‘Em : I like the Wild Pitch Dub of Gigolo and I am going to play it on the Smugglers Inn radio show tonight.
Rachel Barton (Radio 1) : Quality production from Flash! Head nodding business.
Chris Coco : Chant No 1 is rather fun.
Matteo Esse : Another quality offering from WAW. All tracks are beautifully produced but the best for me is definitely the Wild Pitch version of GIGOLO. Nice one.
Laurent Garnier : Funny Track (I don’t know if this is a good thing – Flash)
Karoshi : Go Flash go. The Flow for me - some kinda dark sleazy sex music.
Cal Gibson : We can but dream of owning such a body as flash's...check dem abz innit
Greg Churchill : Nice socks, and ya pooch looks a bit embarrassed. Top tunes here old boy. Really love the Wild Pitch mix, though The Flow is me favourite.
Harri : Loving the Al Naafiysh on mogadon feel of "The Flow" and the Wild Pitch dub. Well done Flash J
Pete Jay (Nish Nash Nosh) : WOOOOOOOAHHH!!! Best thing I've heard in ages, each one is a winner in so many ways. Gigolo is defo going on a new podcast mix this week and Danni sounds wicked on the Spandau cover...how has this not been done before??? The Flow is wonderfully put together.
Shane Johnson (Fish Go Deep) : Vocal not quite doing it for me but I like that groove. Wild Pitch Dub!
Mat Playford : Amazing e.p...all over it like cheap coat from T K Max!
Paul Hamill (Radio 1) : Excellent stuff, will squeeze one of these on the show.
Friday, 16 October 2009
Wednesday, 16 September 2009
Monday, 14 September 2009
Friday, 11 September 2009
Wednesday, 9 September 2009
Friday, 4 September 2009
Thursday, 27 August 2009
Sky Arts came up to film me in Hebden Bridge ahead of my appearance on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square. They seemed to find it amusing that I'm a super hero living in West Yorkshire.....it's not.
Monday, 3 August 2009
Thursday, 30 July 2009
Thursday, 16 July 2009
Monday, 13 July 2009
Thursday, 9 July 2009
Who are you?
F : Flash Atkins, Superhero
Where are you from?
F : Levenshulme, Manchester
How long have you been Flash Atkins?
F : All my life but it’s been difficult as with great power comes great responsibility. I sometimes wonder wonder if I make the grade.
Where does the name Flash Atkins come from what does it mean?
F : Flash Atkins is the name I was given by the children’s home where I was taken in as an orphan baby.
What makes you/band different?
F : I have the power to manipulate sound and drink vast quantities of booze.
Any special techniques you use when performing?
F : I have invented at least a dozen new notes, three new time signatures. Performance-wise, I need at least half a bottle of vodka before I go on stage / behind the decks. My cape, mask, boots and blue nylon tights outfit also tends to garner attention.
Who/what influences you and your music?
F : The Rocketeer, Batman (not Robin), Iron Man, Silver Surfer & Bananaman
Who else have you collaborated with?
F : 70s crooner Caspa Codina sang on my new single, The Sweetshop. I’ve done tracks with Danielle Moore from Crazy P, lady’s man George Demure, LA rapper Sean Revron and Japanese singer Leilani. Kathy Diamond has also just written me a song so we’re working out when it can be recorded.
What is the lyrical meaning behind the song we are promoting to the media?
F : You’d have to ask Caspa but as he’s a bit of a wrong ‘un I’d guess that The Sweetshop is something to do with sex or / and drugs.
Your Best gig? Why?
F : Probably the one at The Coach and Horses after being released from compulsory Rehab (by Her Majesty’s courts, it was that or the nick) for obvious reasons. Other than that, I’m resident DJ at Into The Valley in Hebden Bridge (a hippy town in the middle of nowhere) which is run in a labour club and goes OFF!
What’s the worst thing someone could say about the band/you?
F : “I know your real identity”…I thought my cover was blown but they were miles off. Other than that, the usual insults like “you’re pissed”, “when did you last have a shower”, “no you can’t have 20p for the bus home as you’ll only spend it on booze”.
Best thing that’s happened so far in your musical career?
F : Being signed by We Are Woodville as the advance prevented me from being evicted.
If you could take 3 things to a desert island with you what would they be?
F : Micro-brewery, tobacco plants and solar TV.
What do you think of the music industry and present, do you think it is giving more opportunities to artists like you?
F : There seems to be loads of music about but nobody’s paying for it….you haven’t got a quid I could lend have you? I’ll give it back tomorrow, I promise.
Which current artists do you rate?
F : I’m digging Dubstep all the way with Martyn and Burial the frontrunners. I’m also liking the Drum and the Bass with Commix, Lynx, Instru:mental....and of course Girls Aloud (except the ginger minger)
Monday, 6 July 2009
Tuesday, 30 June 2009
Thursday, 18 June 2009
Monday, 8 June 2009
Friday, 5 June 2009
Wednesday, 27 May 2009
Friday, 8 May 2009
His landlord called my landlord and we managed to sort out a session in the studio for Caspa Codina. We swapped war stories, shared a bottle of White Lightening and recorded The Sweetshop. The result is a lo-fi pop song and tribute to The Sweetshop with Caspa's falsetto giving it some Prince style vocals; I'll let you draw your own conclusions on what the 'sweets' are.