Flash Atkins is a super hero who had his gravy days in the 80s saving the world with his ability to manipulate sound. Unfortunately he's fallen on hard times and can be spotted in the less salubrious parts of London, often stoned or drunk on borrowed money.
To make ends meet he uses his special powers to remix and make deep tech-soul tracks for Paper Recordings.
1 Test One
2 Cherry Bounce
3 Test One (Flash Dub)
4 Cherry Bounce (Flash Dub)
Flash Atkins is a former Super Hero who lives in a Campervan in a field in deepest Yorkshire, maintaining an unhealthy addiction to drugs and booze.
Flash is actually the alter ego of Paper / The Bionics’ Ben Davis and he was created as a reaction against perma-tanned-indoors-sunglass-wearing-wanna-be-superstar DJs.
The Campervan EP is four tracks of floor rocking house music. First up, Test One has taken the original bleep classic as a starting point and given it a disco makeover. Starting off deep and percussive, it breaks to live bass and horns with plenty of analogue synths providing the electronics. Once the acid house piano comes in at the end, it’s dancefloor game over!
Cherry Bounce uses a cheeky sample to hold down a straight up take of garage house. With a bass line that nods to Farley & Heller and funked out Rhodes, it builds to a synth heavy drop before heading back in to the grooved keys.
The Test One dub strips things back to a simple nagging synth line for a big room take that has got Tribal Records running through it’s DNA. Big reverbs and heavy bass means this is simple and very effective.
Finally, the Cherry Bounce Dub goes tracky and hypnotic, riding out the original’s elements with the Rhodes getting filtered to change things up.
More quality from Flash Atkins, the man with no plan.
Rocky (X Press 2) - Cherry Bounce both versions doing it for me.
Jazzanova - Music should make people laugh too. Here is a perfect example.
Beats & Beyond - Still have the original Test One on 12", was my fave bleep track back then...cool reworks. Quality EP
Diskjokke - Nice and with an unexpected twist.
Sleazy McQueen - This is really cool. I'll certainly play test one and I'm sure Cherry Bounce will fit in my sets as well.
This Is Why We Dance - Quality forward-thinking house grooves, will support!
Ralph Myerz - Cherry Bounce is the one for me! VERY bouncy ride indeed!!!!!
Ryan Cavanagh (Slow Hands) - Solid release! Really like Test One a lot.
Billy Scurry - Ooofff!! that test one dub is a monster!!
DJ Nutritious – Phenomenal
Drop Out Orchestra - Test One is totally up our street (Charted Number 1)
Terry Farley - Love it!
Leftside Wobble - Such a clever spin on the Warp classic, the bleep disco scene starts here!
Tom Findlay (Groove Armada) - Test One dub is best for me.
Martin Brew - Ace EP! Loving the buzzy bass sounds on here. Meaty, beaty, big & bouncy.
Cosmic Boogie - Dub mix is grand.
The Lovely Jonjo - Love it. Doing warm up for Aeroplane tonight this Test One will do the job.
Q-Burns - Cherry Bounce is the one for me here. A cool track with some effective build moments + loads of shake. Into the musicality of "Test One" as well.
Stuart Patterson (Faith) - Love the way Test One turns into a different record.
Andy Ash - Test One is my favourite here. I like the way it changes throughout the track.