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