Oddio Factory – The Prophet Video

Sounds of a Parisian style are the flavour on this release from the duo known as Oddio Factory. If house music with a touch if the cinematic is your thing, then this one delivers in spades. The Prophet boasts full on throbbing low-end action alongside some serious John Carpenter style Arp work and pads in the breakdown. Sci-fi house and disco with a stop off at Baldelli’s Cosmic Club is where it’s at.

 

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ThrillHammer – Heart Throbbing Lover – Part II

Not content with dropping one of our stand out releases of 2020, ThrillHammer return with a top shelf selection of remixes for Heart Throbbing Lover, including a house legend that has been on the Paper’s bucket list since we started in 1994.

That legend is Eric Kupper, who leads the charge with a classic NYC makeover bearing all his trademarks of smooth beats, soulful keys and lush strings. Classic house made for late nights and early mornings. Instrumental version available on request.

Tal M. Klein is back in the Paper fold and he unleashes his signature wonky left-of-centre vibes all over this version. It squelches and grooves like a forgotten 80s video game with the best soundtrack you’ve never heard. Off piste DJs and dancers apply here.

The Shoplifters take the party to a jazz club on their broken disco funk version with plenty of live instrumentation and wonk for forward thinking floors.

Sean Johnston (ALFOS) : “Ah yeah return of Tal M. Klein – fucking killer!”

Martin Moscrop (A Certain Ratio): “I like all the mixes. Eric’s mix is obviously the most uplifting and ready for the first signs of spring. I like the funky bass in the shoplifters mix. The Tal M. Klein chugger is my fav though with the wordy rappinghood style synth riff”

Ransom Note: “that Eric Kupper remix is golden!”

David Dunne: “Top work, the Eric Kupper mix is bang on but also like the Shoplifters mix too!”

Robot 84: “Eric’s remix is hot, Tal M Klein remix is superb!”

 

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Lakeshouse Remixed

Norway’s next big things Lakeshouse have called on friends to give their two EPs the re-rub treatment and what a job they’ve done.

The band themselves have taken Firkanta downtown to deep house with their trademark sparking production, musicality and dynamics. It’s held down with a 4/4 and nagging bass but filled with all kinds of disco wonderfulness from the original that is aimed full square at future thinking dance floors.

Jarle Bråthen takes a break from the Telemark Express project to flex his muscles on NRK. Stuttered drums and driving bass hold the original parts together for a lovely krautrock balearic take on the original.

RSS Disco serve up a massive filtered dirty bass that brings some serious funk. Added acid and the Norwegian vocals make this a deep late night head mangler.

Finally Reggie Got Beats takes Ambulanse by the scruff of the neck and gives it a good old shake. Bumping house with a large helping of disco magic bring the NYC swing for late night good times.

 

Oliver $: “Liking the 6am Sensual Dub, thanks!”

Bottin: “Firkanta dub is nice. loved the originals too”

Jaegerossa: “mad love for this one going on the Midnight Riot podcast!”

Olle Abstract: “Great EP. Hard to choose one. Will def play out when allowed + on my radio show”

Massey: “Lots of cosmic style wobble & pumping action here! Love the 6AM Sensual Dub. All killers, will support on some of the shows for sure”

 

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Flash Atkins – The In Crowd Remixes

Flash Atkins has got The In Crowd off the back catalogue shelf, dusted it off and passed it on to some of his favourite producers for a re-rub.

Originally released on one of Paper’s sister labels We Are Woodville, The In Crowd takes a Bryan Ferry sample and uses it as the bedrock for a peak time cosmic disco banger. Fully road tested on boat parties in Croatia, the breakdown has been certified as highly flammable.

Man about town and son of Bolton, Chris Massey flexes his late night production muscles. The extended sample rides rock solid beats and squelchy bass as the track locks in for serious dancefloor business.

From Beyond keeps the big room cosmic vibe with added guitar, acid and lots of reverb. It is warehouse disco house at its finest.

The Soundersons keep the original intact but pitches it down and adds some disco swing. It comes off like chopped and screwed, drugged up disco for those moments when things get weird.

Andy Wilson: “I love Roxy Music and this is a great use of the In Crowd sample . Original is my fave but also like the From Beyond mix a lot”

Sean Johnston (ALFOS): “Tasty parcel!”

Duncan Grey: “I’m down with the Massey mix here”

Bill Scurry: “Yep, this is mighty fine shizzle, great og and great vibes all round from remixers. All completely different whilst keeping the og vibe intact. They all got me out my seat”

Pathaan – “Love it ! FROM BEYOND tops it for me today. No doubt tomorrow one of the others will hit the spot.”

Tronik Youth – “Great remixes”.

 

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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!

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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 – Canopy

Paper label boss Ben Davis has been DJing and producing for over twenty five years, most recently as the failed superhero Flash Atkins, whose music has rocked the boxes of Andrew Weatherall, Horse Meat Disco, Bill Brewster, Gilles Peterson, Bjørn Torske and countless others.

As his musical tastes have widened with age and sonic wisdom, so have his productions, beating a path to the Stubb project. 2019 saw two limited edition 12’s featuring Jane Weaver, Tunng’s Mike Lindsay and Huw Costin that have gone on to become digger’s delights.

Now the deep, cosmic and left-of-centre debut album ‘Canopy’ arrives, taking influence from dub, Africa, psychedelia, soundtrack, electronica, bass and Balearic. Found sounds infuse the album, from the sonic mayhem of Varanasi to the dawn chorus in Haven Wood as they blend with studio wizardry, vintage analogue kit and live sessions. The result is a blurring of genres and boundaries to create the Stubb sound.

The album is themed around the concept of trees and woods offering a safe haven in these time of climate catastrophe, offering refuge, wisdom, comfort, peace, shelter and solution.

Psych-folk goddess Jane Weaver provides ethereal vocals on ‘We Are Launching’, a beautiful song set to hypnotic guitar that aims straight at the stars with arpeggiators and cosmic synths.

London poet Sirius Rush weaves his themes and words through ‘On The Nature of Light’, a track of psychedelic electronica that is heavy and trippy in equal measure.

‘Love Not Sex’ features Nottingham’s Huw Costin and Rachel Foster to deliver the most blissed out Balearic track of the album. 70s folk, MOR and nu-disco can all be heard in a live track to stir the soul.

‘Instant Karma’ has Kathy Diamond singing over a throbbing sub bass, dark synths and live drums. It’s moody and soulful in equal measures.

‘Haven Woods’ freeform drums lock into a groove over a bubbling arp, vocal snippets and digital pads. Effects and synths flow in and out as the track builds to reach a crescendo of joy and intensity.

Philopappos features Leilani singing in her native Japanese over distorted guitars, heavy snares, a pinch of dubstep, clouds of drone and rave synth to top things off nicely.

‘Boring Days’ puts Tunng’s Mike Lindsay through the studio mangler and presses the button named ‘digidub’, injecting reggae bass, Balearic synths and lots of delay, delay, delay.

You’d think Stubb couldn’t get any deeper when ‘Galleons Lap’ and its analogue bass and broken beats begin to hypnotise, cushioned with dreamy piano and wistful chord progressions.

‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ gets a full re-rub with shimmering percussion, Rhodes and heavy sub that takes the classic song into previously un-chartered territory.

Finally ‘The Love You Once Regret’ featuring Sylvette’s Charlie Sinclair sounds like The Cinematic Orchestra have dug their vintage synths out of the cupboard and had a bit of fun. Otherworldly and psychedelic, the rhythms and tempo climb steadily up to the end chorus as it explodes into a firework of blissful melodies.

 

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Camblom Subaria – Warriors of the African Sun

Presenting a debut Paper release from South Africa’s Camblom Subaria who’s ‘Warriors Of The African Sun’ perfectly captures the deeper side of house music from the continent. All three tracks hypnotise and weave their spells over slowly evolving dynamics that draw you in to the psychedelic electronics.

Pauper is moody and stripped back but atmospheric as heck. Rolling beats, arps and percussion make this a perfect late night jam for lovers of Global Underground style house music. A head mangler in the best possible way.

Myth goes down a more mellow path with swirling pads and synths as the tablas and percussion take a tribal turn on this piece of druggy, trippy brilliance.

Final track War is a heads down, peak time number with a relentless synth line, soaring pads and repetitive synth marimba that although not strictly a ‘banger’, will surely blow the roof off.

Sean Johnston: “Liking this one a lot!”

Pathaan: “Love it ! DEEP sizzle…”

The Secret Soul Society: “Interesting tech-y soulful vibes…can see Myth slotting into a set nicely”

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The Secret Soul Society – Insomnia EP

So Far Down continues on the spaced-out Balearic disco path with added cosmic synths and pads. Trippy and hypnotic in equal parts with a dash of loveliness.

Boogie People keeps it in the sun with Afro style percussion and jazz stabs along with a great vocal sample about being in the discotheque. Up-tempo and swinging but still firmly in the Balearic camp.

In The Dark is straight up Yacht Rock disco vibes. Looped up good times that would devastate one of those legendary Croatian boat parties.

Doing It Right finishes things off in a stunning psychedelic style. Warped guitars, delayed vocals and dub EFX make this one for the after-after party.

Hot Toddy: “Another 5 track beaut from SSC. I Can’t Sleep and So Far Down, stand outs after 1st quick listen, but all quality”

Danielle Moore: “Gorgeous. Love this side of Paper!!! In the Dark a particular groover”

Anthony Mansfield: “Future fun!”

Doc L Junior: “Dubby, dreamy and so elegant. What a lovely release”

Get Down Edits: “Really Really Good, Boogie People is a serious piece of music!”

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