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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

THE FLASHBACK PROJECT JAN 2015 SAMPLER

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These guys always get me hyped with these teaser mixes of upcoming releases but this latest 2015 sampler is simply loaded with tracks you have to hear!!! Plenty of that old skool rave/hardcore influence and equal amounts of bass!!!!

BACK BY DOPE DEMAND – FLASH CATS
REELING – FLASH CATS
DIVING IN THE BEAT – FLASH CATS
COME ON – FLASH CATS
PARADISE – FLASH CATS
CLOSER TO ALL YOUR DREAMS – FLASH CATS
ANDROID – FLASH CATS
GOTTA RELEASE – FLASH CATS
WE ARE HARDCORE – FLASH CATS
MUST BE THE MUSIC – ALT A (THE FLASHBACK PROJECT REMIX)
TANGO PROJECT – FLASH CATS
THE SNOWMAN – FLASH CATS
WE LIVE AS ONE FAMILY – FLASH CATS
LOVE IS THE MESSAGE – FLASH CATS
COME INSIDE – FLASH CATS

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THE FLASHBACK PROJECT XMAS 2013 SHOWCASE

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The mighty Flashback Project has unleashed a massive, bass filled early Xmas present in the form of this stomping dj mix. His Xmas 2013 showcase is absolutely stacked with exclusive dubs and forthcoming tracks and is one of the best I’ve heard in a long time. Get this pumping loud and keep track on https://twitter.com/FlashbackProj for all updates and release dates on all the new music.

Count On Me feat. Moko – Chase & Status (Mercury)

The Champion Sounds – Flash Cats (Propaganda)

2 Bad 2 Drop – Sanxion (Breakz R Boss Dub)

Run Outta Town – The Flashback Project (Downbeat Dub)

Feel The Fire (Menace & Sanxion Re-Smash) – Soulchild (Propaganda Free D/L)

Higher Loops – Men With No Name (Propaganda Dub)

Dub Conspiracy – Men With No Name (Propaganda Dub)

Strings Of Love – Flash Cats (Propaganda Dub)

You’ve Got Me – Flash Cats (Propaganda)

Gotta Have Your Touch (The Flashback Project Remix) – Retropolis (Propaganda)

Broken – Quadrat Beat (Expand Dub)

It’s A Feeling – Flash Cats (Propaganda Dub)

The King – The Flashback Project (Warehouse Wax Dub)

Pressure – Atomic Drop (AD Dub)

Next To You feat. Dennean – Scientists (Propaganda Dub)

Positive Vibes feat. Patricia Edwards – Scientists (Propaganda Dub)

 

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THE FLASHBACK PROJECT – SUMMER 2013 PROMO MIX

THE FLASHBACK PROJECT SUMMER 2013 PROMO MIX

 

To celebrate propaganda music’s global release of:

The Champion Sounds / The Finest Illusions – Flash Cats [props001]

.The Flashback Project has compiled a stocking summer 2013 promo mix packed to the rim with dance floor destroyers, box fresh bassline dubplates and the usual peak time party shaking anthems! Just take a look at that tracklist!

The Flashback Project Summer 2013 Promo Mix
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Rock with me – Sanxion (Sanxion dub)
Antidote – Swedish House Mafia v Knife Party (breaks edit) (dia dub)
Make me feel good – ackeejuice rockers (raj marathe re-rub) (raj marathe dub)
Come With the love – rhythm riders, aswad & renegade soundwave (mafia kiss & terry hooligan rmx) (sub slayers dub)
Move go – zombie robot (on the rise dub)
Friday – f-word (breaks rmx) (f-word dub)
New life fantasy – strange rollers (strange rollers dub)
Game control – freefall collective (superfrequency dub)
Dub conspiracy – men with no name (propaganda dub)
Can’t hide it – deekline & ed solo (jurassik rmx) (jurassik dub)
Jump ya body – kill the noise (601‘s ‘better with an amen’ edit) (601 dub)
The champion sounds – flash cats (propaganda music)
You’ve got me – flash cats (propaganda dub)
Higher loops – men with no name (propaganda dub)
Pon a knife edge – backdraft (warrior 1 rmx) (botchit & scarper dub)
Dark skies – ils (rennie pilgrem rmx) (distinctive dub)
The finest illusions – flash cats (propaganda music)
Ass drop – a c slater (601 amen re-edit) (601 dub)
Interzone – sanxion (sanxion dub)
First chord – n & r project (sedna dub)
Gotta have your touch – retropolis (propaganda dub)
Thank you for the music – hydraulix (laos rmx) (bass=win dub)
Next to you – scientists feat denean (propaganda dub)
Warhead – dj krust (gold dubs 2013 re-lick) (gold dub)
Positive vibes – scientists feat. patricia edwards (propaganda dub)

 

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The Flashback Project – Exclusive Mix + Interview

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The Flashback Project aka Farrukh Wasiuddin has been rocking the rave scene for the last 20 years. His experience shows in his DJ sets and his countless releases and exclusive re-edits that you can find on his Soundcloud. Recently signed to Downbeat Records, NY, the last few years have seen him release some of the best music of his career and continue to DJ around the world.

He has put together an exclusive breaks mix for us, showcasing all of his favourite tracks of late along with some Flashback bass bangers. Make sure you download this one, it’s a proper rinse out!

Be sure to check out Flashback’s back cat at JUNO.

I caught up with Farrukh to find out a little more…

 

1. Thanks for taking the time to answer our questions, for those that don’t know, who are you, what do you do and what style(s) of music do you play?

Hi I’m DJ FLASHBACK AKA THE FLASHBACK PROJECT – I’m signed to Downbeat Productions (NYC) and I write and perform breakbeat, dubstep, drum and bass and anything in between!

2. Tell us a bit about what you’re working on now, any releases on the horizon?

I’m busy working on a few projects at the moment including original material for Downbeat, remixes for DJ Demo and a few others and some liquid drum and bass for another label.
My Jungle Breaks Vol.2 EP (released recently on Downbeat) is still doing well, also I have remixes currently out on Expand Records, Music Dark Records and RK Deep Love Records. In the next few months I’ll have new remixes dropping for Morbit Records and Breaks R Boss Records so watch out for them!

3. What other artists have you been feeling recently, who are you currently championing in your DJ sets?

I’m loving the sounds of Sanxion, 601, Far Too Loud, RadioKillaz, Yoof, Quadrat Beat, A Skillz, Featurecast, F-Word, Dodge & Fuski, Pyramid and loads of others, too many to mention!

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The Flashback Project – The Invasion

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Head down, techy wobbl-a-thon from The Flashback Project who lets loose this banging track originally out on the CYFI label.

   THE INVASION – THE FLASHBACK PROJECT by The Flashback Project

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The Flashback Project – Showtime 2012

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Super fresh mix from The Flashback Project. Just over an hour of exclusive dubs and future jungle bangers.

   THE FLASHBACK PROJECT – SHOWTIME 2012 by The Flashback Project

THE FLASHBACK PROJECT SHOWTIME 2012

THE WAY – THE FLASHBACK PROJECT & SANXION (RE-FIX) (DOWNBEAT DUB)

LIFT ME UP – THE FLASHBACK PROJECT (DOWNBEAT FREE D/L)

NEW WAVE – THE FLASHBACK PROJECT (DOWNBEAT)

GO WITH THE FLOW – THE FLASHBACK PROJECT (DOWNBEAT)

NO PRESSURE – THE FLASHBACK PROJECT (DOWNBEAT)

HEAR LIES – THE FLASHBACK PROJECT (DOWNBEAT)

31 SECONDS – THE FLASHBACK PROJECT (RE-FIX) (DOWNBEAT FREE D/L)

RELEASE ME NOW – THE FLASHBACK PROJECT (UPLIFTING RHYTHM)

EASE THE PRESSURE (ROCKET PIMP REMX) – THE FLASHBACK PROJECT (CYFIM)

GOOD GURL (8*B1T & JOHN WERT REMIX) – OFF DA CLOCK (8*B1T DUB)

MAKE IT BUN DEM (8*B1T REMIX) – SKRILLEX & DAMIAN MARLEY (8*B1T DUB)

KEEP LOOKING – THE FLASHBACK PROJECT (DOWNBEAT)

FINEST ILLUSION – THE FLASHBACK PROJECT (RE-FIX) (DOWNBEAT DUB)

HOPE & PRAY – THE FLASHBACK PROJECT (DOWNBEAT)

KILLIN’ SOUND – THE FLASHBACK PROJECT (DOWNBEAT DUB)

GOT TO BE FREE – THE FLASHBACK PROJECT (DOWNBEAT)

TEXTURES (THE FLASHBACK PROJECT REMIX) – JAVI R (RK DEEP LOVE DUB)

KILLAH – RADIOKILLAZ (DOWNBEAT DUB)

REVOLUTION (DAVIP REMIX) – BACKDRAFT (BASSROCK AUDIO DUB)

ROCK STEADY (KING YOOF REMIX) – DUB PISTOLS feat. RODNEY P & LINDY
LAYTON (DUB PISTOLS DUB)

 

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The Flashback Project – Live And Direct

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More free tunes from the seemingly endless back cat of The Flashback Project. This one was released back in 2008 on a limited press and is now yours to rinse digitally. Heavy bass, hard hitting beats and synths and ragga vocals combine to give us the awesome Live And Direct. Grab it now and make sure you check out the rest of his music on Soundcloud.

   THE FLASHBACK PROJECT – LIVE & DIRECT by The Flashback Project

 

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