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Flash Cats Interview + New ‘Groovin’ LP

Flash Cats Groovin

We caught up with DJ Flashback a.k.a The Flash Cats about his new LP ‘Groovin’ and other bits. The LP is out now. Buy it here

Thanks for sharing some time with the blog! So, you’ve just released a full LP ‘Groovin’. Tell us abit about the creative process, time and labour that went into this LP

The new album ‘Groovin’ took about a year to complete, and was a project that my studio partner Sparky and I had been talking about doing for a few years. We have both always been heavily influenced by the house and rave sounds that came out of the North of the UK in the late ’80s, early ’90s so it seemed like a good idea to produce an album showcasing this sound. After selecting lots of our favourite tracks from that era, we got together what vocal samples we could and Sparky got everything down in the studio including re-writing all the drums and music. After much listening, tweaking, replacing tracks etc we settled on the 15 tracks that are on the album.

Previously, you produced other different aliases like The Flashback Project, you played a huge role in the NuRave/Rave Breaks/Future Jungle scene of the mid 00’s up to now. How did you get into this sound and start making tracks?

I mainly release as ‘The Flashback Project, also I’ve used ‘Scientists’ (for DNB), ‘Dub Heroes’ with Sparky (for Fidget House) and more recently ‘Flash Cats’. I got into the sound initially through DJ’ing hardcore since around 1990, but didn’t get into a studio with any serious intentions until I hooked up with the extremely talented production duo Stu and Nee, resulting in my first vinyl release ‘Hands In The Air, on Mertwax (big up Mert!). I also been lucky enough to work with other amazing producers like King Yoof (Sunz Of Mecha), Hattrixx, D’Silva and Sparky who have all helped me to develop my sound, and I released on Junki Munki Records, Firewall Records, Uplifting Rhythm, Tornado Records, Uppacutz Records, Can You Feel It Media and Downbeat Productions. DJs Slipmatt and Billy Daniel Bunter helped me a great deal in the early years signing my first 2 tracks Love Commandments and Ease The Pressure, the latter being then licensed to their with platinum selling ‘Rave Nation’ album, released on Ministry Of Sound Recordings. Also, I was very lucky to have the support and encouragement of the legendary DJ Kutski (BBC Radio 1), as well as a whole host of other DJs and radio stations who helped me immeasurably with support and airplay. I set up my own label Propaganda Music in 2013 and along with releasing my own music I try to discover and push emerging talent as much as I can. To date we’ve had 12 releases on the label, the latest being the brand new FLASH CATS album – GROOVIN

In general, the breaks sound is very popular over in Spain, what do you think is the appeal of that particular sound over there?

There is definitely a growing demand for breaks, and the Spanish have been at the forefront for at least 15 years. The appeal is undoubtedly the razor sharp production combined with huge basslines and catchy riffs optimised over the years by the likes of DJ Quest, The Freestylers, The Breakfastaz, Plump DJs, Ed 209, Deekline, Wizard…to name just a few!

The sound that you and others make has its roots in the 90s rave sound. Do you think the new wave of rave-inspired music has suffered a bit from excessive labelling?

No, I don’t think so. There will always be labelling in music – genres, sub genres etc. The crucial thing is the music gets out to the market – how people want to categorise it is up to them

What are the perfect ingredients for a tune in your opinion? What elements of a track get the hairs standing on end?

Crisp beats, heavy basslines, catchy riffs. Easy you’d think…

Where have been your favourite places to DJ over the years?

I’ve been very lucky over the years and have played at some amazing parties all over the UK and Europe, but the one place that was the most special was playing at The Sanctuary in Milton Keynes in the UK – now sadly gone The Sanctuary held so many special memories for me over the last 25 years so having the opportunity to play there before it was closed was very special and something that I won’t forget!

If you could assemble a line up of 5 DJs for an event, any DJ of your choice, who would you pick?

Ha ha, great question….Well for me it would be a mixture of Drum N Bass, Electro House and Old Skool – what a night that would be…

DJ Randall
Camo & Krooked
Etherwood
Far Too Loud
DJ Tango B2B DJ Ratty

What’s coming up in 2017 for Flash Cats and your label, Propaganda Music?

Lots of things are happening at the moment! As I mentioned earlier we’ve just released PROPS012: FLASH CATS – GROOVIN. I’ve also been busy in the studio and have a brand new bass and breaks mix to put out including lots of new Propaganda Music exclusives! Also, I’m in the process of having most of my back catalogue re-mastered and I plan to release a 100+ track album of all my work over the years. All proceeds from sales of that album will be donated to charity as a mark of gratitude and respect to family and dear friends that I have tragically lost over recent years, so please watch this space for news on that.

Shouts to Jackski, Mark, Allan and everyone worldwide supporting the sounds! x

FLASH CATS – ONE FAMILY EP (Breaks)

FLASH CATS - ONE FAMILY EP (Breaks)

 

Those Flash cats are at it again!! They will have you purring with delight over these four fresh breaks n bass reimaginations of golden era rave classics such as the glorious anthemic title track that nods it’s whiskers to a Ce Ce Rogers sampling Micky Finn & Aphrodite chart topper from bitd ;-)

Also featured are insanely good tributes to Friends Of Matthew, Rhythm Quest and X Project. A combo of big punchy DnB style synths, rolling tight breaks and tons of fun all round. Flash Cat show their stripes once again with some purr fect bassy bangers for the summer!!!

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Flash Cats- Back By Dope Demand E.P [Propaganda Music]

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Bass N Breaks That Will Get You Throwing Shapes From The Flash Cats

Finally!!!!!!! The Flash Cats are back………. by dope demand!!!!

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The Flash Cats return with oldskool/rave flava’d bass n breaks in the form of the funky (and bassy!!!) title track, ‘Hurt You So’, ‘Chime’ & ‘Total Extasy’ Our stripey whiskered friends know how to rock a crowd anytime, any place, anwhere with the unbeatable formula of:

1.Hands In The Air Pianos

2.Ravey keys, chors, pads and stabs

3.Rolling crunching made for speakers breakbeats

4.Bass so dirty you will need some industrial strength cleaner to mop up the floor

But seriously, it’s great to hear the Flash Cats back in the studio and these four bangers most certainly remind us why we love them so much, cop some of this right meeeooooowwww!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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RETROPOLIS- TIME TO MOVE ON EP [PROPAGANDA MUSIC]

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Its time to move on with breaks bona fide ledge, the man like Retropolis bringing his brand of filth, funk, breaks, bass and euphoria to Propaganda Music, 3 absolute smashers plus a remix from label dons, the Flash Cats, need we say more? Go grab this now!!!!

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VA-VIRAL BASS VOL 1-PROPAGANDA MUSIC

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Oh my days, they’re at it again!!!! Propganda Music lands its fourth release featuring The Flash Cats & The Men With No Name a,k.a DJ Flashback & Sanxion & Vinyl Junkie & Sanxion with a soundclash that fuses Electro Funk, Bass, 140 Jungle & Old Skool Rave/Hardcore, 4 weapons of choice are on offer here, do take into consideration your crowds capacity for bass consumption as serious fatalities may occur to your speakers with the level of sheer bass velocity in these badboys!!!! OK, so we have updates of a few classics here such as Inner City/Rhythim Is Rhythim (Yes, it is spelt that way) on Flash Cats-‘Strings Of Love’, The Men With No Name take on 2 rave classics from Dance Conspiracy & Son’z Of A Loop Da Loop Era with the excellent ‘Dub Conspiracy’ & ‘Higher Loops’ before we return to a classy vocal outing from The Flash Cats with ‘Its A Feeling’, you may now peel yourself off the ceilingand go and invest in these bangers!!!!

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