The Paper Label Stable

The Secret Soul Society – Secrets and Lies – FREE DOWNLOAD

Ahead of his brand new EP on Paper Wave, The Secret Soul Society has done a special Bandcamp only under-the-counter album of bootlegs, edits and re-makes.

From woozy downtempo through space jazz to wonky soul and cosmic disco, its got everything you need to fill your musical pipe.

So don your cap, light a match and spark her up.

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ThrillHammer – Heart Throbbing Lover

The disco is ablaze to the sounds of ThrillHammer and ‘Heart Throbbing Lover’, a cut that oozes sleaze & sass in equal measures to create a late night neon jam.

Remixes deviate a little from the plan but still stick to the dance inducing pathway.

The Smash Hunter Funkschool Disco Mix ups the funk ante whilst his Classic House Mix sounds like a lost track from one of A Guy Called Gerald’s old studio DAT tapes.

The SyntheTigers Vocal Mix goes straight for looped up bassline business to deliver an absolute killer low slung workout, reminiscent of Paperclip People’s mighty Throw. Oh, and they’ve done an instrumental version for those that fear the vocals.

Support in from:

Get Down Edits: “Smash Hunter Classic House Mix sounds really nice”

Fingerman: “The Instrumental is a winner. Relentless groove!”

Severino/Horse Meat Disco: “I LIKE THIS Punk(y)voice vibe!”

I-Robots: “Yes! I-Robots approved!”

 

SPOTIFY             JUNO               BEATPORT                  TRAXSOURCE

 

BOM – Green Fuzz

Ben ‘Flash Atkins’ Davis and Tom ‘2 Billion Beats’ Lonsborough have teamed up for a project that goes deep down to the depths of tripped out house music.

The Day has a rolling acid sub bass and haunting vocal sample that brings the soul. Horns spar with percussion, bongoes, synths and Rhodes as the broken beats thump on the one.

Big Chief keeps the vibe techy and slo-mo as a 303 riff tweeks over the sub. A vocal chant and synth drive things along as the beat gets baggier and the build is on. Big Chief of the title brings his Mardi Gras chant to the break, then the Happy Mondays are channeled by way of Fabric as strings bring all the elements back together.

Moon of Endor is based around a chunky film sample, which the nerds among us should be able to work out from the title. Its a return of slo-mo tribal acid business by way of the jungle with synth chords saving it from the dark side and its a skywalk to the stars.

JUNO                       BEATPORT                       TRAXSOURCE

Hot Toddy: “Lovely stuff, feeling all three!”

Harri (Sub Club): “Liking these…will play and support”

DJ Rocca: “Very interesting mid tempo stuff!”

Moodymanc: “Moon of Endor stands out for me here thanks…”

Duncan Grey: “Moon of Endor is the one for me here. Loving that slow chug”

Get Down Edits : “Excellent, The Day sounds really good”

Paper Radio # 26 feat. Jazzanova

The first show of 2020 and the mighty Jazzanova are on board. Ben spoke to Juergen Von Knoblauch about their new Sonar Kollektiv 21 compilation, Berlin and how it all began plus there’s a unique half-hour DJ mix. Add to that a preview of what the Paper labels will be putting out this year, and you’ve got a doozy of a show.

James Rod presents ‘Chaman of the 80’s’

James “Rod” Rodriguez steps out of his comfort zone here, briefly departing his Golden Soul label for a confident, ear-catching outing on Paper Recordings. Opener “Belong City” delivers a near-perfect balance between druggy Italo-disco chug and woozy, synth-laden nu-disco psychedelia, while the accompanying Draco remix brilliantly re-imagines the track as a trippy slab of revivalist ’80s synth-wave wonkiness with a touch of contemporary nu-disco sheen. Meanwhile, “Chamanes Ochenteros” is a fine slab of arpeggio-powered Italo/nu-disco fusion that’s subsequently given a low-slung, Afro-Cosmic makeover by Leca. The latter version is particularly mind-altering, though its focus remains on the dancefloor throughout. Find on JUNO

Lakeshouse – Folkemusikk EP

Lakeshouse release their second EP on Paper Disco and its a fantastic four tracker that blends the sounds of the Norwegian club scene with exotic rhythms and Berlin melancholy. Behind the name is a production team of DJs, artists and jazz musicians based in Oslo and Malmö.

Their debut ‘Firkanta EP’ came out early this year and was well received by both DJ Mag and Mixmag for their ‘bonkers’ Norwegian spin on disco and house. It gained support from the likes of Alexander Robotnik, Bottin, RSS Disco, Andy Buchan and Diskjokke to name a few.

Opener ‘Folkemusikk’ gives us the spirit of Kraftwerk crossed with Scandinavian cosmic boogie. All served with sparkling synth patterns, loopy melodies and a catchy Norwegian vocal hook that translates as ‘this is folk music’. A sample of a traditional Norwegian fiddle cements the track’s message: ‘Dance Music Will Never Die!’.

Next up, ‘Papaya’ is a samba-techno party with aggressive house-chords, wonky bass and a steel drum hook that carries you to the Caribbean.

‘NRK’ slows it down into ambient-techno territory with a stripped down beat of soundscapes and basslines. Its a deep dive into dusty archives and ghosts in the machine.

Finally ‘Lov’ is a heart wrenching electro-pop ballad. Diametrically opposed emotions are re-lived through human-robotic vocals, 606-drum machines and a bombastic horn section.

Lakeshouse manage to blend profound concepts and slick production in an EP of future pop and disco.

 

Hear it on Spotify or buy it on Juno, Beatport, Traxsource and all good digital shops

 

The Gemini Brothers – Lovely release! Folkemusikk track is just brilliant!

Justin Robertson – Top stuff.

Bottin – Great EP

Neil Diablo – Folkemusikk is killer.

Freudenthal (NEIN Records) – Uff! Whats this? Downloading! More of that please!

Gameboyz – Love it! Amazing EP!

Strapontin (Sinchi Collective, Optimo Music DD, Nein, I’m a Cliché, La Belle) – Real stand-out ep, I like Folkemusikk a lot, very fun and original.

Patrick Vidal – Great release, Papaya is excellent with the balearic vibe.

Severino Panzetta (Horse Meat Disco) – PAPAYA is my jam.

Neil Parnell (Tronik Youth) – Love folkemusikk

Loz Goddard – Niiiiceness.. especially Folkemusikk!

Duncan Grey – Well, this certainly beats an individual path doesn’t it? Loving the title track and I think, in time, I will get to love the other 3 too. hats off to Paper yet again.

The Telemark Express – Writer’s Block EP

There should be a new name for Norwegian balearica as they are hitting the sweet spot every time. This EP is no exception, with its retro analogue sounds touching on Ibiza, Italo, soundtrack and all the good stuff.

The Telemark Express is a collaboration between Norway’s Kjetil Lagesen aka Kellini, an up and coming disco producer and familiar name on the Nordic scene, Jarle Bråthen. Periodically they both have ‘writer’s block’ but when they hit the studio together, these obstacles fade away and the magic emerges.

Epic Proportions starts things off at a pace with its bubbling arpeggiator, congas and 4/4 beat that build, before the epic synths takes things to space disco heaven.

Inflatable Ego goes full balearic with its reggae lilt, stringless flanged bass and selection of analogue synths. Close your eyes and it could be 1986 in Amnesia as Alfredo drops that dubbed out Demis Roussos B-side everyone’s been banging on about.

The title track goes deep with a nagging synth and swells that lay underneath Vangelis like synths as they pick out their melody.

Bright Future keeps the squelchy bass with uplifting chords to send the sun down in to the Med as you move on to your third Long Island Ice Tea.

Fingerman – Stunning sounds! Epic Proportions is particularly good :)

Olle Abstract – Nice EP. Will play.

Aldrin Zouk – Very tasty EP! Thanks!!

Billy Scurry – Great discoid release full of pulsating and throbbing deliciousness, just how we likes it. really great vibes

Le Visiteur Online – Ace release!

Pathaan – DIG !

James Hoste – Title track and Bright Future are lovely. BF in particular has a delightful warmth and gentle groove to it.

Andy Wilson – some lovely warm vibes on this EP , particularly like Inflatable Ego and Bright Future , will play in my radio show

25 Years of Paper Press and Reactions

We’ve had some great reactions and press in hitting our 25th Birthday so here are some highlights.

‘A Quarter Century of the UK deep house label’IDJ Magazine

‘Their forward thinking attitude blends with a charisma and aptitude’The Quietus

’10 Hidden gems’Le Visiteur Online

DJ REACTIONS BELOW

FRED EVERYTHING
I’m a massive fan of Paper since day one. I have all of those already but these will beat my home made vinyl rips I’m sure. Thanks to one of the best house labels that ever was.

MANUEL TUR
Great release, thanks for this! Paper used to be a favourite of pretty much every house DJ in my hometown of Essen back in the day. While some of my personal Paper favourites didn’t make it there are also some tracks I didn’t know at all!

RIPPERTON
What a great idea to bring out all these incredible pieces. I remember I played a lot of Da Kingue D’mazda, Bust A Bubble and the all the crazy P stuff. It was really an essential label and really based on quality!

DETROIT SWINDLE
This is a must have collection right here.

DJ ROCCA
WOW! What a collection of Wonderfull tracks!! Paper recordings is a MUST….super proud to have released on that label me too

ASHLEY BEEDLE
I think I put some music out on Paper! My memory has gone. A big salute to Ben Davis and an extraordinary label. 25 years more please!

DANNY KRIVIT
Only had a couple of these from back in the day, but love the ones I didn’t know,

BILL BREWSTER
Lots of good stuff here though there are others I would’ve preferred to see too. Hard call to make with that label.

JAMES TIEJ
What a collection! Been a massive fan for years, nice to have a compilation like this! Too many amazing cuts to single out!

LEO MAS
What an amazing compilation. Happy Anniversary Paper Recordings.

LEE FOSS
I’d love to get involved with this.

MELON
Finding this is my inbox after a month of holiday puts a smile on my face :) Paper has been such a big part of my sound for the past 25 years and always brings the right vibe and energy to the floor. Great compilation of this stellar label, which is still going strong, respect!

HECTOR ROMERO
Amazing!! I was a huge Paper fan!! Thank you!! Happy Anniversary Paper!!

JON CUTLER
Fan of the label for years. What a great comp. So many great tracks after another. !

TOM FINDLAY (GROOVE ARMADA)
I don’t know where to start on this it sounds so good!

TRISTAN JONG (GRATTS / EMSEMBLE)
Big Papererecordings fan here as you know :) A few of these I have on the shelves.

HIFI SEAN
Paper gems here ….how can you not love this all in a handy package.

KELVIN ANDREWS
Too many killers to pick a favourite (or even two!) A fitting tribute for a Northern Powerhouse of a label. Fantastic release!

BILLY SCURRY
Absolute Aceness! What can be seen by each Album is the breadth of work, and GREAT work at that, put out by Paper. One (Crazy P) is like meeting old friends for a beer.. tracks you’ve known, played, loved over the years… Beautiful!
The other (Flash) is like finishing the beers, making the call, and going out out! Hitting the dancefloors with said friends and ending up in Barbs, on a beach or in a field or a bashment. And this is what Paper did.. Made you feel like you were part of the label/family.. you felt like they were releasing stuff for you and your mates because they knew what you were into, even before you did.
And the fact that it is still doing that now is a huge testament to the never ending search for great new music by the people/family behind the label. (we know who you are), and we thank you! BRAVO! and on to the next 25 yrs!!

STUART PATTERSON (FAITH/ THE DATE / MI SOUL RADIO)

Ah the glory days when Crazy had a penis and I used to get sent 12 inches in brown paper bags. Absolutely essential UK label.

HARRI JAMES HARRIGAN/ SUB CLUB
Lots to like here, got most on vinyl . Must get it all out!

EDDIE C
Ulalalalaaalal so great … mainly have all of this tracks on vinyl but its great to see it on one place. Will play it out already this weekend

FISH GO DEEP
Loved paper over the years had many a great night with Miles and Elliot in Sir Henrys. Still play Downtime to this day nice to see it all been released again.

HARVEY SUTHERLAND
What a great compilation and label.

GRAEME PARK (THE HACIENDA)
Quality. Great to have these all in one place and to be reminded of how great some of these tracks are.

CHRIS TODD/ HOT TODDY/ CRAZY P
Nice selection by Flash, reminded me of a few tracks i’d forgotten about, Summer Of Love, The History Of The Future and the insanely good The Reasons Why?

La Guardia de la Luz – The Cosmic Egg EP

Mexico’s favourite cosmonaut is back for Paper Wave with three super deep, trippy cuts. The EP is not so much late-night as mid-afternoon two days later.

Cosmic Egg is a chunky 4/4 with a one note bass line as the atmospherics weave in and out with synths, found sounds, delays and studio trickery. Its an aural soundscape that could have be taken from the next Bladerunner as dawn breaks over a dystopian desert landscape.

Plano Existencial uses distortion and degradation to ride dubby EFZ over an analogue bass and drums. The track strips back to a beatless finish that would give The Orb a run for its money.

Finally, Zp Tpj has a hooky piano riff that hypnotises its way through a percussive groove as a Hans Zimmer lead synth line takes it in to psychedelia..

The Jedi Master himself Bill Brewster said ‘Cosmic Egg is excellent’.

 

 

Drop the Pressure by Flash Atkins & 2 Billion Beats

Two of Paper’s favourites have collaborated to update Mylo’s classic Drop The Pressure in to a nu-disco banger that’s set to take over the summer. What started as an edit quickly turned in to a full blooded re-make before they hauled in Crazy P’s Danielle Moore for vocals under her Ladydriver guise.

The original brings a band to the party with rhythm guitar, strings, live bass and horn section. The intro teases before the riff that everybody knows and then wallop, we’re off. For the break, Danni brings the disco and hands in the air doesn’t even touch it.

Norwegian next big things Lakeshouse knock it out the park with their 4/4 nu-disco version. It weaves the dynamics and melody around a vocoder and NRG that locks in to deliver a classy, dancefloor remix.

Marma Boog goes deep and cosmic for a pitched down balearic take. 80s synths and drums top off burbling and tripped out vocals. Sunsets never sounded so good.