D.S.D. – Umami EP

Dance floors all over assemble! New heat coming right at you from Paper as we present a debut E.P. by DMD, 4 tracks of infectious, spaced out house music grooves that tip the hat to the cosmic collective whilst also giving a nod & a wink to the mutant disco massive.

Straight up party playlist action all the way.

Keep On Moving stomps out of the gate with a relentless as heck bass line backed up by trippy synth stabs & chords that drives & drive you headfirst into the outer regions of your mind (and the dance floor).

Beat From The East goes down a slightly deeper route and is like a pitched down techno thumper which names up to its namesake with some pretty nifty far east style shenanigans in its breakdown which is ably assisted by some trusty piano stabs. Hooky as you like.a proper banger.

Suntime is defo the most psychedelic of this offering. Straight up peyote drenched style synths with plenty of those ace whirly style stabs amongst a lazy swung arp & rolling percussion work.

Broken Song closes off the party and is certainly the disco member of this family. Funky as heck bassline action with a warped up vocal stab fitting nicely around some cosmic-esque style synth work. Serious neck & head-nodding workout vibes.

Bill Brewster: “Keep On Moving is fun!”

Alice Palace: “DSD doesn’t disappoint with this release, some fail safe dancefloor fillers here. Tricky to choose a favourite but the piano chords in Beast from the East might just sway it for me”

Sean Johnston: “Yes, really into this one!”

David Dunne: “Splendid stuff! Show is done for this week but I’ll be sure to play something off this next week”

Olle Abstract: “Nice grooves. Love the mood!”

 

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Trash The Wax # 9

They say all good things must come to an end and Trash The Wax Vol. 9 has the honour of being our penultimate collection of dance floor heaters and beaters. Believe it when we say we’re going out with an almighty kapow!

This ninth outing is packing fire with regular TTW providers such as Paper Street Soul kicking things off with a slab of post-punk electronica on ‘Notes On You’. Picotropico has been drinking the same kool aid with the Talking Heads-esque ‘Inmovil feat. Sima Itayim’.

If low-slung-chuggy-psych-acid-house is your bag then we’ve got you covered by Dan Wainwright, Coy Dog and James Rod who each crank up the ALFOS-o-meter to 11. House with disco tendencies gets fully represented here by Define, Gina D, Processman, J Kara, Dastardly Bounder and Flying Mojito Brothers who all guarantee a session kicking up dust on the dance floor.

Other Paper and TTW firm members The Secret Soul Society and Andy Buchan go for a housier hat throw into the ring on ‘D For Damaga’ and ‘Road To Barca’ whilst Jahn Solo drops an ultimate end of night feel good anthem on ‘Dance For Me’.

Bill Brewster: “Some nice gear here”

Will Tramp!: “Lovely stuff!”

Phil Rose: “Great comp!”

Daco: ” Lots of goodies involved and particularly diggin’ Fabio Santanna and James Rod & Aleito.”

 

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Mr Tea – A Vehicle Mind

A Vehicle Mind is the first is a series of three EPs from San Francisco’s Mr Tea, who is making a name for himself as one of the best house producers around today.

J As In Giraffe is an absolute beast. Heads down acid, nailed to the floor 4/4 drums, a warped sample, the track subtly builds to the break when an arp is introduced and the club kicks off big sticks. Make no mistake, this is A-grade peak time DJ dynamite.

Desire is all about Wonder, who brings some heavy sleazy heat to the super-deep beats and production. Synths, subs and tripped out percussion take it big room and late night.

Dreams of Angels is a slice of sublime house music that is probably best played as the morning sun breaks through the club windows as that last rush takes things into the cosmos.

 

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Recycled

Sometimes tracks are just too good to leave alone, so we asked the Paper family of artists if there were any bits of the catalogue they wanted to remix. Recycled is the result. Big hitters, underground bubblers, forgotten gems and leftfield wobblers all get re-rubbed and re-imagined for dancefloors far and wide.

 

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Super FU – Imago

The sun drenched sounds of Super FU return with more images of hazy boat trips into the sun and beyond. Their second E.P. takes two original tracks from their brilliant self-titled debut album on Paper Wave as well as a damn fine set of remixes.

Moonlovers is pure Balearic street soul (if that’s a thing) so think Sade with added Aperol Spritz and better weed. There’s an enchanting vocal from Sarah, all wrapped around dreamy percussion, synths and guitars by Rich and Paul. Stunning stuff!

Super OK (originally the name of the group fact fans) is the one to make chug heads go weak at the knees. It’s got serious telecaster action with added acid and hypnotic synths galore. Imagine if Pink Floyd holidayed in Ibiza back in the late 80s and you’re halfway there.

The remixes are ridiculously good with Ruf Dug tackling Moonlovers and going murky deep to create an almost Compass Point style after-hours version.

Sticking with the Mancunion firm, Sarah Bates takes on Super Ok and strips it back to the bare bones with her dubby ALFOS aimed take, ramping up the smoky hypnotising vibes to create the perfect sunset track.

Jorja Chalmers takes a break from playing in a band for some bloke called Bryan Ferry to remix Moonlovers and creates a cinematic chug fest that sounds like it’s from a lost John Carpenter flick. It’s easy to hear why she has found a home with two albums on Italians Do It Better.

 

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The Boogie Brothers feat. SATO – Let Go

Now and again, something lands at Paper Towers and the only option is to clear the decks and get it out as soon as possible.

The Boogie Brothers’ Let Go feat. SATO is one such track. It was cooked up by Japan-based Julian Brennan and Cal Gibson (The Secret Soul Society) as a live disco jam that channels Arthur Russell, FK and Larry Levan. Sato from Japanese cosmic pop duo Viva Sherry was brought on board to provide vocals, and the result is a release that sounds like a modern disco classic.

No remixes, no edits, just one stone-cold killer cut.

Danny Krivit: “Very cool!”

Bill Brewster: “Yeah like this, grows on you!”

Ron Basejam: “Lovely ambling groove-a-thon. great stuff”

Hot Toddy: “Real nice!”

Andy Wilson/Ibiza Sonica: “Very cool release , love the vibe and the vocal is great. Perfect for poolside”

 

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The Wild Vol.5

The heathens and the outlaws are back with a bumper EP that gets down low and dirty.

As everyone knows, the best house music is kept simple and that is exactly what NZ and South Africa’s Kennedy and Matt Prehn’s have done. Le Freak takes a four bar disco sample and turns it inside out. Trippy vocals, wobbly sub and drums that pack a punch make this a go-to for late night basement sessions.

J. Kara goes deep with analogue pads, delayed stabs, 808 bass and a broken tech beat. Add the soul and it’s a track that cuts across genres, equally at home early doors in a warehouse or on a beach as the sun comes up.

Mexico’s finest export Picotropico flips an 80s classic (the clue’s in the title) into a Balearic monster. Added bass, percussion, synths plus a whole load of dance floor know-how serves up a rework that is super fresh.

Detroit and Japan meet as The Stooges’ Mike Watt provide bass to the classic house sound of R-04. Close your eyes and you could be in the Sound Factory Bar as Frankie weaves his magic and drops this bomb.

Finally, the Hardway Brothers rinses The Secret Soul Society into a pitched down chugging masterpiece. It’s head music for the dance floor that channels the spirit of the Guv’nor. Ambient, industrial, techno and krautrock are all thrown into the mix to make something that defies categorisation.

 

Justin Robertson – Fabulous.

Dicky Trisco – Le Freak is odd. I like that!

Aldrin Zouk (Zouk Club) – Diggin’ Konban Wa & El Salvador. Thanks!

Tici Taci Music – Very decent collection…nods all round. hard to pick a winner but it’s a battle between Picotropico and Sean “busy year” Johnston.

 

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Pascal Boyer – Villain Garçon

The sound of Paper Wave continues and the newest signing brings more freshness and originality with this brilliant selection by Pascal Boyer.

Six tracks of 1970’s cinema inspired sounds perfectly capture the wonkier side of the disco era. There are stabbing raspy synths, funk sounding guitars, those all important throbbing arp lines added and epic sounding pad chords throughout. Is it Balearic? Is it Library Music? Is it all the above and then some more?

The answer is yes, yes and yes.

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Asio Tropics – Topaz

It’s time to strap on your deep house diving equipment and prepare to go subterranean on this debut from Aniso Tropics. His Topaz E.P. takes us on a tripped out murky journey into the outer realms of house music.

Title track Topaz bleeps and pops in all the right places and wears the minimal (crikey, remember that era?) tag firmly on its sleeve but still driving a jacking acid groove.

Mela is an uplifting hypnotic synth landscape of pulsating chords, squelchy arps and snappy percussion that is perfect for 5am as dawn breaks. If you’ve ever been to Barbarellas in Croatia then this one ticks all those boxes.

Ferric Bias starts off like a soundtrack from a lost ZX Spectrum game with its ‘Popcorn’ style percussive melody line before some drenched, soaring synth sweeps to ramp up the epic-ness. Oh and there’s a vocoder vocal too for added excellence.

Closing off the voyage is Lonsdale Grove, a cinematic soiree from the first beat. It is almost space jazz in its synth lines and scattered drums, making it the perfect soundtrack to an after-party in the captain’s quarters aboard the Starship Enterprise.

Harri (Sub Club) – Liking these, will play and support.

Sean Johnston (ALFOS) – Very nice!

Steve Optix – Wow, yes! What a corkin’ EP! Love Topaz, alllllll good!!

Marius Sommerfeldt (De Fantastiske To) – Loving this! Deep and emotive. In my “bag”.

 

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BOM – Wakanda Life

Ben Davis (Flash Atkins) and Tom Lonsborough (2 Billion Beats) return once more with some heavy futuristic, deep afro vibes. They asked themselves what the music would sound like in the fictional ‘Wakanda Life’ nightclub of Black Panther’s home country then decided to write it.

Ashe Rising is the life force that runs through all things and the EP’s first track offers a spiritual late night awakening. Rolling bass, skittering drums and chanting samples make way for a pad to raise souls. Heavy reverb and delayed EFX keep it weird as the track twists and turns into a hypnotic afro chug.

Downtown Birnin Zana is the capital city and where the action happens. Heavy broken and house beats lock together with a live slap bass as the percussion rolls with synths and arps. A haunting vocal sample takes it weird but the energy builds into the late night as the Panther, White Gorilla, Lion and Crocodile Cults leave their differences at the door to get sweaty.

Bill Brewster: “Downtown Blimin’ Zaire is the one for me”

Pete Herbert: “Excellent! Both cuts”

Olle Abstract: “Love both tracks. Will play them a lot this summer!”

80’s Child: “yes, Ace!”

 

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