The Paper Label Stable

Kooky & Damoon feat. Joanne Steele – EP3

The dancefloor is ablaze once again to the sounds of Liverpool’s finest, Kooky & Damoon. They return to Paper Disco with a third outing, the snappily titled ‘EP3’ and its another slice of slickly produced disco with a wink to cosmic and a nod to Studio 54.

‘Got To Be Real’ has lovely piano chords, hip shaking bass, Quincy Jones style strings and stunning vocal from Joanne Steele, who delivers it direct to the floor.

Joanne returns on I”m With You’ which goes in deeper, with a big room disco acid bass alongside funky as hell guitars and lush strings. Infectious, catchy and equally at home in a dark basement or main room Ibiza.

Remixes come from a pair of disco hotshots with James Rod tackling Got To Be Real whilst Andy Buchan reworks I’m With You, each taking things heads down to the party. BOOM!

Get it on BANDCAMP

2 Billion Beats – Meanders EP

As Phil Lynott once sang, ‘The Boys Are Back In Town’ and indeed they are, as 2 Billion Beats jump back in the Paper saddle.

Three brand new cuts of analogue electronic brilliance make up the Meanders EP and its a true return to form.

Beats of No Nation puts Fela through the disco machine for a lazy chug number. It has a tribal build that gives way to an acid B-line alongside a distorted vocal and big chord stabs to make this a solid ALFOS box ticker.

Empty Boulevard has plenty of cosmic arp action and synth stabs to lift it into peak E time tackle before lush piano chords mellow things out. And don’t forget the disco strings.

Down The Docks is the dance floor weapon on this package. Heavy bass jumps around with raspy lead lines and clattering percussion to give it a proper low slung flavour…and the drop detonates!

Pete Herbert: “Excellent as usual!”

Daco: “Loving the disco theme running throughout this release. ‘Beats of No Nation’ is the stand-out track with ‘Empty Boulevard’s euphoric vibes coming in a close 2nd. Superb!”

Robot 84: “Great release , all three tracks really strong, Beats Of No Nation is killer love it…”

Pathaan: “Loving all 3 tracks ! Empty Boulevard hits the spot today, no doubt the other will another day”

 

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Best of Paper 2020 – Flash Atkins Mix

While 2020 has been a massive shit sandwich with no ketchup, its been a great for music and let’s not forget that the orange lunatic got told to pack his toys and move on….see ya.
Its been a vintage year for us too us too as Paper Wave got in to its stride with brilliant albums from Popsneon, Stubb and The Secret Soul Society along with a flurry of downtempo beauties. Paper Recordings signed their first African artist in Camblom Subaria and the US represented with Mr. Tea, ThrillHammer and Ryan Kick. Paper Disco knocked it out the park with Anoraak, James Rod and Trash The Wax Vol. 8 while Denmark and New Zealand went head to head with Kennedy and Jahn Solo.
Flash Atkins dusted off his controller and blended it all for this end of year mix to see in to 2021 where we’re headed for the light. And just wait to see what we’ve got lined up for 2021….ooooooooooooooft!
Onwards.
Paper x

1. Sirius Rush – Water (Popsnen Mix)
2. Stubb – We Are Launching feat. Jane Weaver
3. The Secret Soul Society – My Exstasy
4. The Secret Soul Society – Don’t Walk Away
5. Coyote – The Igigi Gods Dub
6. BOM – Moon of Endor
7. Picotriopico – Threescodisome
8. Martin Wold – Elixer
9. Anoraak – Fire Inside (Emperor Machine Maxi Edit)
10. De L’Ivresse – Field River
11. From Beyond – Planetary Groove
12. BOM – The Day
13. 2 Billion Beats – Beats of No Nation
14. Jahn Solo – It’s My House
15. The Secret Soul Society – In The Dark
16. James Rod – Belong City
17. Mr Tea – Dramatic Entrance
18 – Popsneon – This Town Forever
20. Coyote – Finally…House
21. Ryan Kick – All That We Do
22. ThrillHammer – Heart Throbbing Lover (Synthe Tigers Vocal Remix)
23. Danny Russell & Ronald Christoph – Future’s Gonna Get You
24. Kennedy – Who Rocks 89
25. Stubb – Haven Wood

Stubb – The Love You Once Regret feat. Charlie Sinclair Video

The fantastic video for Stubb’s The Love You Once Regret feat. Charlie Sinclair (Sylvette) was made by the super talented animator Caleb Riley.

Based around an ancient tree spirit with nods to Studio Ghibli and Pan’s Labyrinth, it is a comment on the Climate Emergency and how trees offer solution and salvation. Charlie Sinclair brings the soul to the epic, cinematic song and make sure you hold tight for the soaring chorus at the end.

Taken from the album Stubb – Canopy.

Get it on Bandcamp – https://stubbed.bandcamp.com/album/ca…

Ryan Kick – Looking Back EP

Pure house music is the order of the day on this mega Paper EP debut by Burlington’s Ryan Kick. ‘Looking Back’ harks back to the old school Paper sound when deep house was actually deep house.

There are five tracks of groove ridden, stripped back club joints with each as simple and straight forward as they are infectious.

There are nods to Chicago, Detroit and NYC and the EP is destined for some serious smoke filled basements with sweaty walls and even sweatier people.

File under ‘DJ Weapons’.

 

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Coyote – Stages of Time

 

Lord of the balearic realm Coyote drop on Paper Wave with four sun bleached bombs on their ‘Stages of Time E.P.’

Illa Conillera soars like a condor over the plains with tribal-esque percussion alongside beautiful pads and synth stabs whilst off beat piano stabs and melody bring a sense of mystique.

The Igigi Gods Dub slows the pace down and goes right in with the dub reggae bass and key note stabs that would have made King Tubby proud. Blaze ’em up!

Look For The Way In keeps up the lazy hazy pace but with added Coyote infused breaks and dreamy keys.

Finally.House closes off the EP and somehow seems to incorporate acid house, classic Chicago House and elements of jacking into a balearic monster.

 

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Paper DJ Tag Team

Since lockdown the concept of online clubbing has taken off, often with unsatisfactory results. We like watching the back of a middle aged-man DJing in his laundry as much as there next person but the novelty has worn off now. Clubbing is about interaction, fun and being in the moment so in that spirit, here’s the “Paper DJ Tag Team”.

We asked our friends and family to film themselves playing three tracks, continuing on from the previous DJ in a digital back to back. It begins with Flash Atkins warming things up in his kitchen followed by Ed Mahon rocking his man cave, who knows what Leon Sweet is doing but by God he’s having fun, Danny Russell digs deep in Berlin while Leeds’ most finest selector Reeshy rocks a disco fuelled by a large glass of wine and dancing shoes. Crazy P’s Danielle Moore has her own loft party, Hot Toddy needs to tidy his room and Kimo performs musical surgery. By the end the night its peak time, roof raising scenes as Kim Lana and Julie Wills are in full party mode in what could well be day two of a three day rave-a-thon.

A new concept in clubbing?

Probably not.. . More fun than you can shake a light stick at?

Most certainly!

The July Paper Wave Radio Show featuring Akibar Jnr, Crazy Penis, Sonic Boom and Todd Terje

No celebrity interviews and no retrospectives just aces high music from around the world that covers drone to soul and afro-funk to Digidub. There’s a track from Sonic Boom’s first album in thirty years, an exclusive first play of a Flash Atkins’ edit of Lovelight and album of the month from Vibration Black Music.

Tracklist
1. Crazy Penis – Do It Good
2. Martin Wold – Elixir
3. Vibration Black Finger – Acting For Liberation Pt 1
4. OSHUN – Solar Plexus
5. Tenesha the Wordsmith – The White Folks Can’t Call Me Nigger
6. Elsa Hewitt – Kevlar
7. Etienne Jaumet in Dub – Ma revelation Mystique (Etienne Goes Dub Mix)
8. Coyote – The Igigi Gods Dub
9. Mac & Party – Harambe
10. Akibar Jnr – Sore
11. Antibalas – Amenawon
12. Janka Nabay – Build Music
13. Sonic Boom – On A Summer’s Day
14. Zap Mama – Babanzele
15. Vibration Black Finger – Soul Fire
16. Loure – Heavyweight Sinner
17. Lewis Taylor – Lovelight (Flash Atkins Edit)
18. Mr Fuzz – Briefcase
19. Kraak & Smaak – Pleasure Centre (Turbito Extended Remix)
20. Todd Terje – Jungelknugen (Four Tet Remix)

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Kennedy & Jahn Solo – Into The Night

Proving that all good things come in 2 we’ve got a double header here with cuts by Kennedy & Jahn Solo on ‘Into The Night’.

2 tracks from each with Kennedy starting things off with the jacking disco-tactic ‘Who Rocks 89’. Bags of energy & bounce wrapped in some serious slap bass action, chika chika guitar vibes and stabby chords to create a Chic & Cameo style Disco House sandwich!

It’s My House comes from our man Jahn Solo and is a great swinging disco stomper with finger snaps, Rhodes stabs and all the hallmarks of a perfect warm up cut for those early mood setting sets.

Kennedy’s 2nd offering is Superfly, a late night thrusting pounder of house with sprinkles of disco and a killer breakdown vocal which will have them singing in the cab home long after the lights have come up!

Jahn closes the E.P. off with Night People…looped up disco/boogie business that kicks & punches in all the right places. Straight up no messing dance floor demanding tackle!

Hardway Bros: “Cheeky little numbers!”

Moodymanc: “Really diggin Night People here… cool referencing/edit!”

Fingerman: “Nice EP! Some great jams here!”

Robot 84: “tunes sounding good, liking the Edit of It’s My House”

Thrillhammer: “Solid!!!”

 

Get it from Spotify / Beatport / Traxsource / Juno

Sirius Rush – Water

London poet Sirius Rush has teamed up with two of Paper Wave’s finest producers for a collaboration of beauty and depth.

Sirius Rush delivers his poem with hypnotic power and grace that is perfectly partnered by Popsneon & The Secret Soul Society. Each of their takes offers fresh insight and context to the meaning of the spoken words.

Popsneon gives the poetry an all out beatless UFOrb style electronic makeover. Trickling arps, sub, synth lines and pads draw you in to a weightless, psychedelic head-trip.

The Secret Soul Society brings a soulful summer jam. Birds, Rhodes, synth bass, subtle acid and some hazy style chords and shuffly drums make this perfect for those sunset moments.

 

Get it on Juno / Beatport / Traxsource / Spotify / Bandcamp