Flash Atkins is a drunkard, drug user and general wrong’un. A super hero who has fallen from his purple patch in the 80s to purple stains on his pants in the 00.
He is also the alter go of Paper Recordings’ Ben Davis and Levenshulme Orphanage For Boys is the first single from his forthcoming album Paper album “The Life and Times of Flash Atkins”. Each track title is named after a chapter of a short story to be published as an accompaniment to the long player.
Levenshulme Orphanage For Boys is a slo-mo tech heavy chugger that is locked down with rock sold beats and a throbbing side-chained bass. The track builds with synth lines before a sampled female vocal brings in some sparse melody and reinforces the hypnotic rhythm. An acid line adds to the tension before the reaching it’s peak with all the elements hitting home.
The Deaf Boys Dub goes down a more stripped back route with a Moog synth riff and techy hats along with the sampled vocal. Ricocheting snares herald the arrival of the sub and things crank up a gear. It’s proper 4am lose yourself in the smoke club music as the synth riff filters in and out.
Doc L. Junior is a Norwegian legend who’s not been active for a while but is back with a wallop. Deep and synthy with a hint of 80s, this is big room music that brings to mind So Get Up by Underground Sound of Lisbon.
Finally, Richard Seaborne turns in a classic sounding remix recalling Armand Van Helden in his prime. He ups the pace, adds a brutal bottom end, chucks in a jazz break on top of the acid and vocal and it’s dance floor dynamite.
François K – ‘Flashing Thunder dub is great, will definitely give this one some plays.’
Peter Kruder – – ‘Love the Original. Doc L Juniors Flashing Thunder dub is also cool. The Richard Seaborne mix also works for me’
Vito De Luca Aeroplane – ‘ – Flash’s Deaf Boys Mix is great’
Ron Basejam – ‘Original is the one. lasers!’
Mr G – Solid EP
Sean Johnston ( A Love From Outer Space) – ‘Deaf Boys come on down!’
Sleazy McQueen – ‘Wow, this is super cool and vibey. I dig all four!’
Tronik Youth – Neil Parnell (Tronik Youth) – ‘Love the original and deaf boys dub great stuff’
Harri (Sub Club) – ‘Ben sent me this a while ago…been playing a few of these out’
Bonar Bradberry – ‘Good stuff thanks guys’
DC Salas – ‘Flashs Deaf Boys dub for me!’
James Teej – ‘Flash’s deaf boys dub is really original’
Ralph Myerz – All mixes are beyond superduper, full support. Especially the Doc L Junior mix is a favourite, wow!!!
Andrew Grant (EDEC) – ‘Doc Juniors Flashing Thunder dub is hot hot hot… like the other tracks too’
Leftside Wobble – ‘Deep brooding acidic chugger, perfect for fallen superhero after parties!’
Brett Griffin – Droog LA / Culprit) – ‘The original slow mo funk is dope’
Alec Sander (La Royale (Electrique Music) – ‘Cool tracks guys, love the original and the Flash Deaf Dub’
Erik Rug (Rex Club) -‘Flash Deaf Boys dub mix is my pick here..thanks !!’
Neil Scott El Diablo’s Social Club- ‘Great track from Flashy…Doc L Jnrs italoesque remix is ace. Solid houser from Richard Seabourne too! good ep!
Gameboyz (Clouded Vision / Relish) – ‘Fantastic! thanks a lot!!! Flashs deaf is totally madness!!’
G-HA & OLANSKII (SUNKISSED) – ‘Love the Doc L. Jnr mix, thanks!
Fingerman – ‘Lovely stuff. Doc L’s mix is really awesome’