Flash Atkins – The Life & Times

May 27, 2015 in Albums

Flash Atkins The Life & Times Paper RecordingsAnother one that’s been hanging round a week or two, what we have here is the debut album from Paper boss Ben Davis under his ‘Flash Atkins’ superhero alias.

The Life & Times is that most dreaded of musical entities, a concept album – though with only a handful of tracks sporting vocals, you’d easily be forgiven for not noticing! But the album’s track titles are also the chapters in a forthcoming comic book that, I’m told, will reveal the full story of its becaped Mancunian protagonist. There’ll also be a smartphone app and limited edition ale to accompany the release, apparently.

But none of that matters too much right now. What matters is that if druggy, chuggy nu disco and house vibes are your bag you’ll find plenty to enjoy here. A New Kind Of Superhero (feat Aggie Frost on vocals) sounds not a little like Escort, Drug Empire is a slice of boompty sleaze par excellence, Danielle Moore makes an appearance on the suitably (or perhaps just resultingly?) Crazy P-esque Forbidden Flesh, Saved By The Fall and Badger From The North conjure the spirit of early 80s boogie and… well, you get the idea. Paper fans certainly won’t be disappointed, nuff said!

Out: Now

About: Find Paper Recordings here, here and here.

Flash Atkins – Camper Van EP

November 29, 2011 in Singles

After Maya Jane’s excursions into slower, dubbier pastures (below) let’s stick with the slightly more leftfield house vibes, with this rather lovely four-tracker from Flash Atkins, AKA Paper Recordings main man Ben Davis.

Test One is a reworking of Sweet Exorcist’s bleep classic with the tinky-tonk analogue acid sparseness of the original replaced by an altogether more sumptuous and uplifting nu-disco feel. And a trumpet, unless I’m very much mistaken… but it works. In Flash Dub form, which has something of a big-room techno feel to it, it works even better. And it comes accompanied with Cherry Bounce, an altogether funkier, more organic affair with plenty of uplift, which again is accompanied by Flash’s own Dub for maximum impact.

Playing the original and this version of Test One side-by-side is quite instructional, actually, I think. It’s the perfect demonstration of how far we’ve come, and proof of what for me is one of house music’s greatest strengths – the ability to essentially all sound the same, and yet simultaneously, continue to ceaselessly reinvent itself.
Anyway enough of the cod theorising – this is good.
Out: This week
About: Here’s the obligatory Paper Recordings link, then.