The Paper Wave Radio Show – Tony Allen Special

We were absolutely gutted to hear about Tony Allen’s passing. Ben Davis wrote a lovely post post (see below) and dedicated a Paper Wave Radio Show to him. There are interviews, his influences, knockout music and the finest drumming the world has ever heard.

It was with a heavy heart that I learned of Tony Allen‘s passing. He has long been one of my musical heroes and its interesting how upset you can feel about somebody you never met. As I write this, I’m looking at a picture of him right next to my desk that has been up for many years as a creative and musical guiding light. Only this morning his brilliant new album dropped through my letterbox.

We approached his management to make a film of his life four years ago and shook hands on it in Paris, which was one of the most exciting days of my life. Unfortunately it never happened but as we developed and researched the project, my admiration for him just kept growing. How many people can claim to have invented a musical genre?

Through post-colonial Africa, Fela, lost years in Europe and the late blooming of creativity pushing musical boundaries, it is an incredible life and career. Just in the last 5 years he has been involved in projects that touched on techno, dub, jazz, hip hop (the list goes on) and all alchemised by his afromagic. I managed to see him live a couple of times and he blew me away on each occasion. Read “Tony Allen : An Autobiography of the Master Drummer of Afrobeat” for the whole, incredible story.

He will be looked back on, rightly as one of the greats.
A huge loss for music.
RIP Tony Allen

Ben Davis

Stevie Wonder vs. 2 Billion Beats – FREE DOWNLOAD

To celebrate Stevie’s 70th birthday, 2 Billion Beats took him in to the lab and this piece of magic is the result. 7 minutes of dancefloor heaven.

 

 

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TREMÉ

From David Simon, the creator of The Wire is a series about the post-hurricane Katrina New Orleans. It feels especially relevant now with its refection on political and police corruption, racism, the public housing controversy, the criminal-justice system and the black experience. Front and forward is New Orleans music with appearances from bona- fide stars like Dr John, Steve Earle, Alain Toussaint, Soul Rebels Brass Band and a whole host of others its is an education. Add the Shakespearean intrigue and drama that David Simons is known for one of the best mini-series of recent years.

Find it HERE

 

TONY ALLEN – AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A MASTER DRUMMER

If like us you were gutted to hear of his death, his autobiography is a great place reflect on his legacy. Engagingly written with Michael E. Veal it covers post colonial Nigeria, the Fela years followed by his move to Europe. It is full of juicy anecdotes, seldom mentioned facts abut his life as well as insight in to the drumming one of the greatest who ever lived.

For further reading, Ginger Baker’s Hellraiser proves him to be even more mental than you thought with a good chunk of the book on his time in Nigeria and Fela Kuti.

Hear the Paper Wave Radio Show – Tony Allen Special for 2 hours of sublime afrobeat.

 

WILD COMBINATION

A doc on the unique and wonderful Arthur Russell who changed the face of music. There really has been nobody since who has occupied the same ground.

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.

Lakeshouse – NRK (official video)

Not only do Norwegian disco young guns Lakeshouse make brilliant wonky music, they are also handy with a camera. Here’s their latest video as part of the Folkemusikk EP that will chase those winter blues away.

 

 

DJ Mag Vital Label

We were made the DJ Mag’s end-of-year Vital Label. Whoop whoop!

The Secret Soul Society – Secret Pleasure (FREE DOWNLOAD)

New Paper Wave signing The Secret Soul Society has given us a gorgeously wonky re-rub of 70s MOR type, Elkie Brooks. Its all rubber bass, Rhodes and sonic burblings for some serious horizontal aural pleasure.

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?

Ben Davis talks to IDJ Magazine

Ben Davis talked to IDJ Magazine to go through all things Paper; covering the label’s history, the compilation albums, running a label in digital times, the good old days and a whole load of other stuff.

Click on the picture for the full article.

 

Music Video #1 “Are You Sure Joe?” by Cine City (circa 1996)

This was a film shot on Saddleworth moor around 1995/96 by Andrew Gough on Super 8 – rough and ready. Soundtracks is ace – our first music video – eeeeek