Flashin' Like Gatsby is a new 4 track EP on Freshly Squeezed. It’s the debut solo release by ATOM SMITH – formerly of the Californian duo THE GENTLEMEN CALLERS OF L.A. It offers a distinctly west coast take on the largely European phenomena of Electro Swing which is only now beginning to get some traction in the US.
As one half of THE GENTLEMEN CALLERS, ATOM developed and produced almost a dozen releases, including multiple projects for film, television, and performance, notably the world renowned MUTAYTOR, a 20 piece traveling tribal electro circus. ATOM has also made the ubiquitous international DJ appearances from Glastonbury to his home-turf Burning Man Festival to Coachella among many others.
Flashin’ Like Gatsby mashes up hipster-hop, ghetto funk and electro swing in a distinctive and uniquely Californian (low-rider) way, featuring 2 tracks in collaboration with L.A. rapper BURKEY of VOKAB KOMPANY fame, sandwiched between a sample heavy (and guaranteed crowd-pleasing) version of the saucy 30’s Blues classic IF IT DON’T FIT (DON’T FORCE IT) by BARRELHOUSE ANNIE featuring LIMBOS AKIMBO, and a more traditional scat-jazz club banger in the EP’s closing number MISTER CAD featuring Andy McBain on clarinet.
After the completion of what we thought was the 12th and final release in our Blue Cover Series culminating in the massive 27 track retrospective compilation THE COMPLETE BLUE COVER SERIES (2012 - 2017) - we’ve found Flashin’ Like Gatsby a completely irresistible and worthy addition to this set and so we’re back once again starting a second helping - BLUE COVER 2.0!
Look out for forthcoming releases in this ‘just-won’t-quit’ series from likes of PiSk, JAWN, K.D.S, CHARLIE BEALE, FAB SAMPERI and many more… but until then, we are really excited to kick off the new series with this super strong opener…