We were made the DJ Mag’s end-of-year Vital Label. Whoop whoop!
We were made the DJ Mag’s end-of-year Vital Label. Whoop whoop!
Ben Davis hosts the latest instalment of Paper Radio with some previously unheard golden oldies, a mix from Clandestino and forthcoming releases including tracks from Trash The Wax.
So hop on board the Paper Rave Train.
1. Tumisang Pooe – I.R.S.A.N.S
2. Vainc – 2000300
3. Fever Few – Them Persians
4. Truant – Rifle Range (Live)
5. Crazy Penis – You Started Something (Instrumental Edit)
6. Daco – The Uprise (Galáctica Mix)
7. Flash Atkins & Charlie Sinclair – That Hit
8. Flash Atkins – Dark Night of The Soul
9. 2 Billion Beats – Papa (Richard Seaborne Papa’s Struggle feat. GizMo Mix)
10. Fingerman – Burnin’ Sanders
11. Kimo – Trance
12. Parkway Rhythm – The Answer (T-Kut’s Massive Dub)
13. Lauer – Hump Acid (Lexx Remix)
14. Black Spuma – No Cube
15. Les Crocodiles – La Nuit Des Tropiques (Field Of Dreams Remix)
16. Curses – Canini (Dreems Beautiful Mens Club Remix)
17. Armonics – Red Eye (Black Spuma Remix)
18. TYV – Miau! (lauer remix)
19. De Fantastiske To – Monokrom feat. OST
20. Soundersons – Make The Music
21 Marma Boog – Crazee
22. Flash Atkins – All I Want For Christmas Is You
Oh boy, that came around quick! One day we’re faxing giant penises to magazines and the next we’ve got kids and are on our 200th single release. It’s been 22 years since things kicked off with Salt City Orchestra’s The Book and in the intervening years we’ve hopefully carved out our little corner in the pantheon of house music. We’ve lived by our first “hidden” message on PAP001 “Look Forward Not Back” by keeping on keeping on but this is a chance to buy ourselves a pint.
PAP200 is three tracks from friends new and old that originally came out on a limited edition 12” Record Store Day release. Crazy P(enis) return to the fold for the first time since 2003 and it’s good to have them back. Last Knockers has their trademark stripped back electronic funk with Danielle Moore adding the disco fizz. There’s plenty of wonk and roll as it builds over 10 glorious minutes.
When Steve Cobby was asked what Paper meant to him he said “northern musical heritage” and we’ll take that. He has been knocking it out the park since the early 90s and this is his debut release for the label. Boule De Suif is a trip through funk and soul that is timeless but of it’s time; it’s what Herbie would sound like if he had grown up in Hull.
Finally Flash Atkins goes down a more conventional route with his trademark layered sound. What starts as a straight forward deep house track evolves with trippy vocals and a chorus that brings the hairs up on the back of your neck. Mixmag liked it so much they gave it their Disco Single of the Month.
Dom Servini – “What a label. Proper. So much love and respect. Killer EP too!”
Harri (Sub Club) – “Hard to pick a favourite, I like and will play them all”
Severino Panzetta (Horse Meat Disco) – “All 3 tracks are amazing”
Get Down Edits – “Nice, Lovely selection”
Pete Herbert – “Superb and congratulations!”￼
Fingerman – “Awesome release!”
Sean Johnston (ALFOS/Hardway Bros) – “Yes young flash! Killer”
Having just gone past our 200th EP release we thought it was a good time to play a selection from PAP101 – 200 plus some forthcomers. Add in an interview with Danni and Chris from Crazy P and Ben Davis in the hot seat and you’re in podcast heaven!
1. 2 Billion Beats – Noise In Your Eye
2. Proviant Audio – Hey, Let’s Do It
3. Leon Sweet – Beat Slave Auto
4. Diskobeistet – Birkelunden (Haugli Mix)
5. Daco – Aquarium
6. Ralph Myerz & The Kismik Diamondz – Acid 4 Eddie
CRAZY P INTERVIEW
7. Crazy P – Last Knockers
8. Kimo – Born Out
9. Ny*ak – Echoes
10. De Fantastiske To – Smile
11. Flash Atkins & CP – Malawi Chant
12. Flash Atkins – Drug Empire (Jamie L Mix)
13. Sleazy McQueen – We Need To Reconnect
14. Research – Day By Day (Psychemagik Mix)
15. Leon Sweet – Show You (Ron Basejam Mix)
16. Richard Seaborne – The Reasons Why
The excellent Undeleted (Sean Smith to his Mum) has written as retrospective of Paper to coincide with out 200th EP that is on the horizon. It has contributions from some of the people who have been on it including Miles Hollway, Sleazy McQueen, Danni & Chris from Crazy P, Chris Massey, Ben Davis, Rune Lindbaek and a host of others.
It’s a wonderful read brings back a whole host of memories.
Brew up, have a biscuit and settle down for a read
1. Meine Killer feat. Die Hexen (Original Mix)
2. Meine Killer feat. Die Hexen (Live Mix)
3. Struck Out
MIXMAG DISCO SINGLE OF THE MONTH
The mighty Daco is back on Paper after a move to Spain and time spent sailing the high seas. He sent us a whole load of fresh music so we’ve taken the best and will be releasing it over a series of three EPs before collating them on an album later in the year.
Meine Killer launches things and it’s a quality deep house track that is soulful and catchy with enough wallop to rock any floor. Die Hexen’s vocal has a touch of Propaganda’s Claudia Brücken to give it a 80s Eastern European flavour. There is slinky bass, live drums and a chorused guitar that nags all the way through for some main room clout.
The live mix keeps all the same qualities of the original but takes the alley named “Boogie”. Live congas, percussion, disco guitar and the bass is given a bit more head to do it’s thing. It’s strictly analogue business here and if you want it live, it’s all here baby.
Struck Out goes all the way down the disco route and it’s the sound of a tight-as-you-like house band on their night off having some fun when nobody’s watching. 70s synths, agogo a plenty and a heavy funk vibe makes this music for dance floors that flash.
Finally Dreadnought saves the heaviest till last and it’s future proto-balearic prog business. Arps chug away with a motorkik beat before breaking to a chord progression that is set to “build” and is the tone for the rest of the track. It’s got ALFOS and Prins Thomas written all over it and comes off like a lost Baldelli classic that would have shaken Cosmic to it’s foundations. Expect beard strokers to break their life long dance ban and ravers to lose their shit.
Hot Toddy (Crazy P) – Pretty impressive stuff, great musicality running through this EP.
Red Rack ’em – Digging Struck Out. Dope. Dreadnought is tasty too…
Sean Johnston – (ALFOS / Hardway Bros) – On a roll boys!
Neil Quigley – Fantastic EP! Dreadnought is a monster, and I’m the newest member of Die Hexen’s fan club. Awesome!
Mighty Mouse – Love Struck Out is really nice.
Gemini Brothers – This EP is absolutely AMAZING! Love all of them!
Pete Herbert – Fantastic!!
Julian Sanza – Lovely vibes! Diggin!
Severino Panzetta (Horse Meat Disco) – YES GROOVY!!
DJ Rocca – I like Struck out and Dreadnought. Very good tracks
Chris Massey – Bigger than Flash Atkins’ skid marks.
Nuno Cacho – This is mind blowing. Love it!
Andy (Inland Knights) – Struck Out is awesome….def in the box.
Ed Mahon – The EP gets better with each tune! Loving ‘Struck Out’ and already stocking it up for the Summer sets. Dreadnought is quality and will be a Cowbell favourite from the off!
Aldrin Zouk – Dreadnought & Meine Killer right up my alley! Thanks!
Bad Barbie Beats – Struck Out Floats my boat.
Get Down Edits – Excellent Stuff from Paper once again, Meine Killer (Original Mix) jumps right out, looking forward to testing all these x
One of Paper Disco’s biggest tunes of this year has been given the all star re-rub treatment and it’s a full house of dancefloor dynamite.
The original has been rocking the boxes of the great and the good since it was out last year on Trash The Wax # 2 and Luke Una Bomber played it last month on 6 the Music MIF special as Manchester’s hot tune of the moment as well as Nemone on Electric Ladyland.
Leftside Wobble delivers an absolute monster that has been doing some serious damage with the few jocks who have fandangled a copy. Bill Brewster dropped it in his closing Wildlife set and Chris Duckenfield has been pressing the launch button. We’re talking a warehouse vibe with an arp riffed bass, plenty of reverb and the filtered, plaintive vocal giving it that emotional depth that all the best house music has. Make no mistake, this is one heavy remix.
Florida’s King of Disco Sleazy McQueen introduces a rolling bass, congas and some cheeky attitude for a stripped back joint that will smoke the floor. Add the vocal with subtle hypnotics from the original and it’s a late night, low ceiling, dry ice moment.
“Leftside Wobble remix = LARGE”
“Yea love this, very very playable, all mixes are good but i think i prefer the original”
“Great remixes, but i like original mix! thanks”
“Yeah, feeling it, Big release!”
“Original and Sleazy mix standing out for me – thanks”
“Well ravey! Original is still the best but i like the Chicken Lips-ie vibe to Leftside Wobble’s remix. Sleazy Mcqueen mix is cool too”
Gemini Brothers :
“Proper summer release! Thanks guys! Love “Peza” work but all the release is amazing!”
Robot 84 :
“Great set of remixes, still think the original is pretty hard to beat… Peza mix is doing it for me!!!”
Sean Johnston (ALFOS):
Get Down Edits :
“Have been playing the original for so long & its so so good x”
Dicky Trisco :
“Tasty tune. I’ll go for the Fingerman mix here. Thanks!”
Danielle Moore (Crazy P) :
“Shit did I mss this first time round then. GUTTED> Fabulous strong pounding great vox EVERYTHING good. Thank you …like the original !x”
Label boss Ben Davis has pulled on tights and cape once again to launch his debut LP for Paper “The Life and Times of Flash Atkins” and it’s a belter. The first singe “Levenshulme Orphanage For Boys” had love from types such as Francois Kervorkian, Peter Kruder and Ivan Smagghe as well as glowing reviews in Mixmag and DJ Mag and the long-player has more of the same.
The tracks cover an array of musical styles from house to disco, chug funk to bass, bangers and afro rhythms to 80s influenced cosmic beats. As well as dynamic production and a keen sense of groove, the whole album is based on a short story of the life of Flash that will be published as a comic at the same time. The track and chapter titles are one and the same to provide a sensory listening experience that tells a tale reflecting the mood of the story as well as blowing up dance floors with its sonic superpowers.
Says Flash of his creation. “I wanted to create an album that drew inspiration from my 20 years making music and DJing. You can hear classic disco (‘Saved By The Fall’), post dubstep (‘Forbidden Flesh’), Dirtybird (‘Summer Of Love’), Theo Parrish (‘Drug Empire’), Afro (‘Squatting’), Nu Disco (‘Badger From The North’), 90s US deep house (‘The Wilderness’), ALFOS (‘Levenshulme Orphanage For Boys’), Todd Terje (‘Acid House Creator’) and Metro Area / Balearica (‘A New Kind of Superhero’)”.
There will also be a smartphone game, limited edition Flash Atkins beer called “Hops For Heroes”, full colour printed comic and remix album later in the year featuring The Emperor Machine, Steve Cobby, The Revenge, Ralph Myerz, Rune Lindbaek, Sleazy McQueen and B.G. Baarregaard amongst others.
Hugely ambitious and creative in so many ways, this album is already looking like one of the highlights of the year.
Laurent Garnier – “Great compilation – Drug empire is brilliant”
Ivan Smagghe – “Plenty in there for me for sure”
The Revenge – “Lots of great stuff on here, really digging The Wilderness”
Steve Cobby – “Really digging this!”
Ray Mang – “Great work!”
The Emperor Machine – “Love it!”
Bonar Bradberry (PBR Streetgang) – “Some great sounds on this .. look forward to giving it deeper listen”
Bill Brewster – “Yeah there’s some very god stuff on here”
Sean Johnston (A Love From Outer Space) – ‘Size of a dog is very good!’
Sleazy McQueen – “Excellent”
Hot Toddy (Crazy P)– “I love the vibe of Drug Empire…DOPE!”
Sean Johnston (ALFOS) – “Size of a Dog is very good!”
Horse Meat Disco – “YES great vibe here!”
Doc L Junior – “Dirty as it should be and crazy like a true super hero.”
Rune Lindbaek – “Ace!”
Fingerman – “Sounding very tasty! Some real gems on here :)”
Billy Scurry – “Feels like I’ve played one of these every set for the past 20 years!! Hot stuff indeedy Mr
2 Billion Beats – “Top notch production throughout Flash, hard to pick a winner!”
Joe Morris (Clandestino) – “Great stuff here, very high quality LP and something for everyone. Congratulations
Flash! I’m plumping for ‘A New Kind of Superhero’ as my fave, love the downtempo vibe on that but will defo try ‘Drug Empire’ out for the dance floors”
Weedyman steps up for his debut Paper EP entitled “Kanaga’s Revenge” and it’s a bobby blinder. There are three original cuts of warped out sub-tropical house music that will find their place with the 7am in a Berlin basement kind of jocks and forward thinking clubs everywhere.
BMBJ gets the rave ball rolling with a big riff from the off and never letting up until the end. The track has a hypnotic, druggy vibe with burbling acid working the groove and it’s basement bugging all the way.
Ondo Ondo Anda nods a wink to Detroit and is a 9 minute opus to really get lost in. Warped out saxophone and cosmic stabs surf across the 4/4 and it’s a lockdown as the track ebbs and flows for maximum head mashing.
Feel It brings things back down to earth with a more sleazy ‘n smooth approach perfect for setting the tone early doors. Lush pads, catchy stabs, a familiar sample and just a hint of a 303 brings up the rear for quality, timeless deep house.
There’s an ice cool remix from Mr Sunny Bigler himself, Leon Sweet who notches it up ever so slightly to take things more late night and soulful whilst still retaining the vibe of the original.
One for the house heads.
Harri (SubClub)– “Yep, liking these!”
DJ Sneak– “GROOVY STUFF!”
Neil Quigley – “Classy EP which nods to the past whilst rooted in the present.”
Danielle Moore (Crazy P): “Love this package. Really lovely to hear some solid melodic grooves with quality production. A breakthrough in a world of relentless wumptie”
Hot Toddy (Crazy P): “nice ep, BMBJ is repetitive in all the right places, and my fav, liking the Leon Sweet mix as well”
Ruben & Ra – “HOT!”
Billy Scurry – “Digging the solid house vibes on this one, def one for the basements!”
George Summers (Midnight Riot): “Awesome package – full support”
Severino (Horse Meat Disco): “This is LOVELY!”
Kahuun – “Nice deep hypnotic release clearly inspired by the “old” masters from Chicago. Onda Ondo Anda is the favourite which reminds me of early dj Sneak with some afrobeat elements”
Pathaan – “Love it !!! All the tracks are HOT.”
Chris Massey – “This is rightly so absolutely massive & huge! Well in the bag…”
Shane Johnson (Fish Go Deep) – “Onda Ondo Anda working very well for me here. A gritty, hypnotic groove that takes it’s time but develops throughout. Will be playing.”
Fingerman: “Awesome EP. Love it all. Leon’s mix is a treat also :)”
Joe Morris (Clandestino) – “Really like the deep vibe on Feel It.”
We’re getting prepped & ready to leave the cold Winter nights behind us with these two cuts from Mezman.
Le Deepend filters into action as soon as you press play and much like its partner on this EP it’s got a warm & throbbing low end in spades. A simple loop is used to great effect with a subtle & cleverly used Aretha vocal to give it that little bit of extra disco dust.
Heatwave gets into action right from the off with a slap bass thats packs enough wobble to make Larry Graham proud. It’s classic jacked out disco percussion cracks in all the right places before we’re treated to a hell of a breakdown that builds before dropping right back in to the good stuff.
Both tracks are certified killers and pack a shallop when they’ve been dropping at Paper parties.
“I SIMPLY THINK ITS HOT! I would play both mixes”
“Nice one will play it!”
Harri (Sub Club):
“Can use heatwave for sure!”
Jim Baron (Crazy P/Ron Basejam):
“staright in at the Deepend!”
Severino (Horse Meat Disco):
“YES PLEASE this is AWESOME!!!”
Stuart Knight (Toolroom):
“LE DEEPEND is the one for me”
“Packs a whallop!”
“This is without a doubt absolute massive stuff! Solid disco licked house workout vibes that’ll sound boss on a big rig.”
“Fantastic tracky disco gear. Both will get a rinsing :)”
“Quality jams… i’m a Mezman fan. Just in time for Oslo too. All over it :)”
Somerville & Wilson:
“Great release on Paper Disco. Loving the loopy vibes of Heatwave. Support from Somerville & Wilson”
Badbarbie Beats (Kane Fm & Cruise FM):
“Good Time Vibes, Perky little groover x”
Wrighty (Soul Buggin’):
“funky as it comes, loving both these two”
“Great EP. Will be playing both tracks for sure”
Get Down Edits:
“Totally up our street :)”
“Le Deepend rocking it and will get the most plays from me, great suff :)”
house, disco, edit
2 Billion Beats are back with an almighty slab of disco licked house music that is cooler than a cucumber straight out the fridge!
Sold My Soul is the first release from their forthcoming album on Paper and sets its stall out right from the word go! Synths stabs that instantly grab you, smooth bass, amazing vocals and also a big old hands aloft piano breakdown that ensures the rafters will be heavily shaken! Plenty more greatness to come from their album in Spring but this should keep you well & truly topped up in the meant time.
On remix duty is Paper’s boy wonder Chris Massey who takes the party subterranean & ups the oomph factor with a full on stomper & dub version. They both demand a full dance floors attention and will guarantee to give the PA system a good going over.
Hold tight suckas!
Ron Basejam: “Chris’s dub is doing the job!”
Daco: “The original mix is fantastic! Good work guys! Chris’s Dub Mix is a winner too!”
DJ Rocca: “Chris’ dub here for me”
Will Tramp: “Big track. Playing the Massey remix at Homoelectric tonight!”
Tronik Youth: “Yes…Massey’s dub mic for me!”
Fingerman: “Original mix floats my boat. Very tasty!”
Duncan Gray/Tici Taci: “Both of Chris’ mixes are great, esp the dub. Thanks! Supporting”
De Fantastiske To: “Nice poppy vibe on this one, original could be a good springtime warmer. Massey´s melting dub for the floors!”
Get Down Edits: “Excellent Stuff once again from Paper, Chris Massey remixes doing the business!”
Billy Scurry: “Great original, but Mr Massey moves it into a different arena.. Great vibes!!”
Norwegian young guns De Fantastiske To have come up with three brand new basement blasters for their new Monokrom EP.
It kicks off with the title track that is a straight up deep tech houser packing a vocal punch. Snapping percussion, detuned synth stabs, acid squelch and a large bassline are all present and correct as the sultry vocal stylings of their fellow countryman OST make it a certified killer!
Litt Dristig keeps things murky and a little hypnotic with swirly pads & organ chords then some stubby synth shots that ensure this party is kept subterranean. Proper deep house and not a vest in sight!
Sensommer goes jacking whilst keeping an eye firmly on the dance floor. Beats & bass start the party off and keep everything in check until some almost balearic disco pads & synths bring an element of sunrise to the forefront while the arps go twinkly.
Paper’s resident rodent and all round rotter Flash Atkins manages to stay off the juice long enough to turn in a full on, heads down tech edged banger that should be only played in the darkest of Berlin dark rooms.
Neil Diablo – Monokrom is pretty heavy!
Billy Scurry – Great release, looking forward to hearing Sensommer on a beach in the near future, but the Flash rmx steals it for me.
Danielle Moore (Crazy P) – Nice grooves on here with some quality skippy rhythms!
Goldboy – These guys always deliver the goods.
ROBOT 84 – Hard to pick a winner on here, all killer… thanks!!!
Get Down Edits – Cracking release, look forward to playing these.
Pathaan – NICE
Kahuun – Nice deep release for the dancefloors. The original Monokrom with Ost on vocals is a pure killer track. The Flash remix is on a strong second position.
Mental Overdrive – Flash mix for me. More off-centre than originals.
Severino Panzetta (Horse Meat Disco) – YES i like this.
Paper Recordings has been pushing the creative envelope since 1994.
It has released over 2000 tracks from across the world by over 600 artists, producers and remixers that range from deep house and disco to Balearic and leftfield on its three imprints, Paper Wave, Disco and Recordings.
The label has evolved to incorporate Paper Vision Films which made the award winning Northern Disco Lights with two films currently in production as well regular podcasts and radio shows.
It continues to be one of the UK’s best loved independent record labels, operating as a thriving and exciting cottage industry.