Almost a year after his last release, Manchester-based caped crusader Flash Atkins (AKA Paper boss Ben Davis) returns to action. "Levenshulme Orphanage For Boys" is a synth-laden chugger - a 1110 BPM chunk of deep house/nu-disco fusion stuffed with undulating electronic motifs and chopped-up vocal yelps. The Deaf Boys Dub offers a rougher, rave-influenced interpretation, with dirtier synth motifs adding a druggy frisson of excitement to proceedings. While there's a faster, more frantic Richard Seaborne mix for those who want a little more energy, Doc L Junior provides the stand out rework - a decidedly trippy, psychedelic dancefloor concoction that sounds like it was tailor made for Andrew Weatherall and Sean Johnston's A Love From Outer Space parties.
Paper Recordings chief Flash Atkins is a friendly sort of chap, and in recent times has spent has evenings locked in the studio with some of the label's lesser-known names. Here, he delivers the fruit of those labours: a collaborative EP featuring a trio of new cuts. "Wilco", with 2 Billion Beats, begins as a chunky, low-slung, disco-influenced house number, before morphing into a Moroder-ish chunk of electronic disco madness. CP hook-up "Malawi Chant" (also available in stripped-back Dub form) is a breezy afrobeat affair - all undulating rhythms, darting organs and African chants. Finally, "Calieo Square", with Havana Candy, is an atmosphere, picturesque slither of melodic nu-disco.