Flash returns from his triumphant 4th Plinth ‘Disco Rave Off’ in London’s Trafalgar Square with a solid four track EP of leftfield house, disco and downbeat dedicated to his favourite things in life, fags and booze.
First up, Scotland’s finest baritone sings of his life as a gigolo over a thudding jazz bass driven thumper. It resonates with deep and dirty touches of wild pitch before a crescendo of 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 (Can’t keep The 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 breaking to 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, dubstep 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 dub of G.I.G.O.L.O that does what it says on the tin by keeping things simple but with extra wild pitch ‘on the one’. The revival starts here!
OUT NEXT WEEK
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, Manchester and West Yorkshire stoned or drunk on borrowed time & money. To make ends meet he uses his special powers to DJ, remix and make tracks for We Are Woodville and PAPERecordings.
The Sweetshop is his new single and is a concise slice of low-fi electronic pop sitting in the hinterland somewhere between Hot Chip and Calvin Harris. Gabriel Olegavich’s alterego, Caspa Codina takes time out from producing Spektrum, Lady Sovereign and Envy to provide vocals.
On the remix front, Håkan Lidbo goes mainfloor with a glitchy 4/4 bass driven thumper, Radioproof veer off in to Hoxton Pop territory and new kids Dieter & the Gadabouts take it deep, big and bouncy. Flash Atkins also has a crack with his Into The Valley version that takes different types of house, sticks them through the mixer and emerges with a whole load of disco attitude and something that The Juan Maclean would be proud of.
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Artist: Flash Atkins feat. Caspa Codina
Title: The Sweetshop
Released: OUT NOW!
Format: Audio Download / Video / Ringtone
2. Flash Atkins’s Into the Valley Remix
3. Radioproof’s Dollymixture
4. Håkan Lidbo’s Anti-POP Remix
5. Dieter & the Gadabouts Remix
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The DJs say…
Aldrin – Zouk
“Into The Valley remix is tops! Funky!! Feeling the Original & Radioproof remix as well…”
Tony Nwachukwu – Plastic People / CDR / RBMA
“Good Release! Great to see Anti POP on the remix tip again!”
Richie Hartness – Untitledmusic
“Electro funkin house! Pop goes another tune from Flash – sure to ignite the floor!”
LA77 – Chips With Everything
“Nice!! Liking this a lot. Anti POP mix is probably the one for a set but the Diter and the Gadabouts mix is going straight on my ipod. Gig tonight in the Northern Quarter. Anti POP mix is deffo getting dropped. Word!!”
Chris Todd – Crazy P
“Really like Flash’s own into the valley remix, i’ll ‘ave a quarter of lemon bonbons please!”
Stuart Patterson – East Village / MOS Radio / Faith
“Davis in pop chart shocker – could be.. its the into the valley mix for me .. diggin’ the vocal as well.. good work Flash!”
Luke Solomon – Restless Soul
“Loving the original very much indeed..”
Tom Groove Armada
“Like the into the valley rmx, cool, fun party vibes.”
Simon Cosmic Disco
“Very tasty little electro-bumper. love the dieter & the gadabouts remix, getting good response on the dance floor.”