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.
Project Sound is the follow up to last year’s Project Fear compilation and keeps it global with the freshest house music originating from South Africa to Norway and the USA to dear old Blighty.
There are new artists to the label like Tumisang Pooe, Mark Zowie, Erik Skantze, A Band Called Oh and Mr Tea as well as more familiar names like Flash Atkins, Fingerman, Daco, Jonny Miller, Mental Overdrive, Ryan Kick, Leca, 2 Billion Beats, Kimo and Rave-enka as part of Nattmat. Tracks cover the deeper side of house but all pack punch and sealed with the Paper stamp of approval.
Buy it on JUNO and all good digital shops.
Sean Johnston (ALFOS) – Really like Kimo Trance and Zowie you know!
Mark Farina – Nice comp.
Pete Herbert – Quality tackle ..Erik Skantze and Kimo my favs.
Fingerman – Great variety on this!
Pathaan – S U P E R B !
James Rod – BIG SUPPORT!
Fernando – Couple great tracks here. Rainbows is my favourite.
Aldrin Zouk (Zouk) – Nice package! Especially diggin’ I.R.S.A.N.S, Twenty Sixteen, Nakenbad. Thanks!!
The boys have made a video for revolutions, one of the bangers from their Be Nice To Each Other album. It hit’s the big red button marked ‘pertinent’.
Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA
9pm plus Q & A
This fascinating film tells the story of how a group of friends in the remote cities of Bergen and Tromsø gave birth to a unique sound that went on to re-define dance music as it is known today and transform a country in the process. The generation of DJs and musicians it inspired have gone on to conquer the world. Starring Prins Thomas, Annie, Bjørn Torske, Lindstrøm, Idjut Boys and Bill Brewster amongst many others.
AFTER PARTY £8/10: 10pm – 3am
Junction House, 578 Kingsland Road, London, E8 4AH
DJs – Bjørn Torske & Mental Overdrive
The official Northern Disco Lights after-party has two of Norway’s originators playing all night long at a brand new Dalston basement venue, Junction House.
Bjørn Torske is one of the world’s most unique producers and often called the Godfather of Norwegian dance music (or more recently the Codfather) with people like Todd Terje and Prins Thomas lining up to work with him. Behind the decks he stitches together leftfield disco wonk, house, techno, psychedelia and curveballs in to a dancefloor meltdown.
Alongside is the man who can claim to have kick-started the whole scene, Mental Overdrive has also witten the sound track for Northern Disco Lights. Although best known for techno Per Martinsen can slip between genres behind the decks and in the studio and continues to get booked everywhere from LA to Berlin.
This is a rare opportunity to hear two of Norway’s groundbreaking electronic pioneers performing together all night long.
The man known to his Mum as Dave is back with another space themed EP and yet again it’s four tracks of immaculately produced tech-soul bombs. We are particularly chuffed to have Basil Clarke from legendary Manchester band Yargo delivering vocals on A Little More Volume which is a thumping guitar driven wallop of a tune that hits all the rave buttons without getting boxed in by any of them.
The live mix makes some subtle changes with drums that have a bit more groove, added synths and tweaked production but the result is the same : dancefloor devastation.
Skirting is tech-houser that wears a big acid house grin. Anchored round an acid B-line it burbles and squeaks it’s way over drums and congas that swing like Baloo going toe to toe with King Louie plus added tropicala. It will bring the sunshine to the dingiest clubs and the darkest of basements to outdoor festivals.
Finally Daco does his psychedelic prog disco thing on Saving Grace. Loose broken drums, octave jumping arps and some seriously deranged programming make this a trip to dealt with carefully but the rewards will be cosmic!
Mighty Mouse: “Love this EP, superb!”
Julian Sanza: “Saving Grace its the kind of tunes i love to play, sparse, electronic, funky/techno and rave vibes”
Vinny Villbass: “Nice nice nice!”
Sean Johnston: “Bonkers!”
Alkalino: “Raw, dirty… I like A Little More Volume Original +Live Mix are awesome! Saving Grace is also nice. thks!”
Somerville & Wilson: “Great EP from Daco! Really love the grinding indie feel of A Little More Volume. And the Cosmic Acid of Saving Grace! Both the standouts for us. Both shall be played in our sets!”
Gemini Brothers: “This is just an amazing EP! Outstanding sounds for any summer sets! Full support!”
Cosmic Capers Radio Show: “Saving Grace is quality, a trip for sure. A Little More Volume Original mix is a great piece of music, i’m really into it!”
It’s been a while since the last Paper Cuts so we’ve got a stockpile of bonafide, road tested bombs that hit every every button labeled ‘rave’. From subterranean acid to disco bangers, it’s a collection that stretches two and half years at the coal face of house.
From Norway we have Ralph Myerz‘s epic fourteen minute ‘Acid 4 Eddie’, Tromsø legend Doc L Jnr’s wonky ‘Twilight’, Diskobeistet’s nu-disco ‘Birkelunden’ and ‘Gammal Morro’ plus young guns Rave-Enka and De Fantastiske To. Closer to home the Flash Atkins Gilles Peterson endorsed ‘Drug Empire’ and Andrew Weatherall favourite ‘Acid House Creator’ make an appearance, Daco brings his nu tech-soul and 2 Billion Beats do their thing. Kit Tacchini goes deep, Kimo shows his colours as one to watch, Weedyman drives it home and Chris Massey’s mix of Richard Seaborne still does damage.
We’ve also got exclusives from Neil Quigley and Mezman who take things deep and dance floor plus Leon Sweet’s Zed that walks the line between disco, techno, house and old school beautifully.
Overall it’s a damn fine snapshot of where the label has been and where it’s going with music that no discerning DJ should be without.
Paper Recordings….the story continues.
Our collection of the finest dance floor detonators returns for a third helping and on this hat trick appearance we welcome new friends to the fold alongside some of Paper’s tried & tested boogie constructors.
Volume 2 featured in sets from respected selectors such as Maurice Fulton, The Unabombers, Ray Mang, Pete Herbert, Chris Duckenfield, Fingerman & Leftside Wobble (amongst many) and blazed it’s way to the top of the Juno charts. Leon Sweet’s Sunny Bigler became undoubtedly THE track of the Summer and was heard at Electric Elephant, The Garden Festival, Festival Number 6, The Warehouse Project, BBC6 Music and was Mixmag’s ‘Tune Of The Month”.
Volume 3 keeps on keeping on with some fresh faces but seasoned producers none the less; Julian Sanza, Red Rack’em, Get Down Edits & Kohib all provide killer cuts alongside members of the Paper family such as Kooky & Damoon, Rave-enka, Beat Boy, Robot 84, Flash Atkins with Crazy P’s Danielle Moore plus Chris Massey who debuts the birth of a new collaboration project with Homoelectric’s Will Tramp.
New blood comes from Kohib, Gold Boy, Spiral, Skinny Dipp, DJ Steevo, Smashed Atoms & Spleen Underground who all make their presence well & truly known.
From chopped up disco & mutant boogie to peak time smashers & after party crashers, prepare for Trash The Wax 3 and hold tight!
“Yes! Good stuff indeed!”
“Definitely some crack-on moments here!”
Sean Johnston (Hardway Bros/ALFOS):
“Deckard’s The Warriors is a biggie!”
“I’ve loved the first two installments and can’t wait to hear this one!”
Harri (Sub Club):
“Robot 84 is the standout here for me!”
“Some great grooves here, thanks!”
“Great collection of usefull tracks…finally my friend’s edit on the Warriors is gonna be out!”
“Slamming album guys! Keep it up”
“Nice selection of edits and new gear. Some heavy rotation is guaranteed here!”
“This is such a cool diverse album – tons of plays right here!”
“Damn what a release! Support for sure!”
“Dunn & Massey is the absolute stand out for me, proper tops off and poppers at 3am acid disco Flash Atkins and GDE are also worth a spin or two”
The global sound of house music is alive and well and here’s the proof with our first signing from Indonesia. Double Deer’s Kimo brings four tracks of crisp deepness and vibe heavy disco that absolutely smashes it.
First up Born Out is a bonafide disco thumper that builds around live drums, a nagging disco bass and acid line before the tension is released to an incessant piano riff and swooping strings. Then it’s mayhem as the chord changes and arps add to the mix as it drives to the peak. This has been road tested by the Paper DJs over the past few months and never fails to take the roof off.
Bow Down is a change of pace and features Kal with a super hooky vocal. It’s a fusion of the Far East and balearica with Kimo’s trademark arps and dance floor dynamics. There are guitars and synth lines a plenty plus Rhodes and live drums that steadily suck you in to a hazy world of space disco.
Whirl takes a more hypnotic route that is nailed down by a cowbell and analogue bass. Gamelan steel drums give it that evocative Eastern flavour as it hypnotises you in to a delayed break when things get serious. The riff keeps on with leads, pads and synths for a track that is fresh, dancefloor heavy and dripping in atmosphere.
Finally First Kick is a more straight forward house track with a riffing organ that develops in to pushing synth and walking bass for middle of the night head down tackle.
Justin Robertson – Fabulous EP… all cracking.
Bill Brewster – Like Born Out, will definitely use that.
Sean Johnston (ALFOS / Hardway Bros) – Nicemoments on this ep
Billy Scurry – Aceness!! Think Bow down might be a bit of a slow grower and stay in the playlist for a bit.
Julian Sanza – Loving the vocal track.
Neil Quigley – Born Out and Whirl are right up my street, thanks again Paper HQ.
Fingerman – Awesome release!
Aldrin Zouk – Nice EP. Diggin’ Born Out, Bow Down & Whirl.
DJ Rocca – Full support
Sam Divine (Defected) – Nice release! Like Whirl! thanks.
Rev Milo – Cracking chuggers! gREAT TO HAVE TUNES THAT HAVE A DYNAMIC AND TAKE YOU SOMEWHERE- SORRY for shouting!
Bad Barbiebeats – Chuggy, deep and lovely
Neil Diablo – Love this! the whole ep is great but Bow Down is the winner
80s Child – Right up my street!
Murray Richardson – Smashing release from Kimo, especially finding the Born Out & Whirl tracks especially smashing
Robot 84 – All the tracks are winners, great release.
Leon Sweet – Born Out is an absolute stonker. Super strong debut on Paper, top work all round.
Rave-enka – Bow Down is so very, very nice!
Nuno Cacho – This is SO PAPER… Love it. I will open my Boiller room with this.
George Summers (Midnight Riot) – Yes…all good.
Ed Mahon (Cowbell Radio) – Holy Fucknuts Batman…Born Out is a bona fide monster!!!
Wrighty (Soul Buggin’) – hooked from the off of Born Out, great groove. Loving the after party feel of Bow Down too.
Back for round 4 of our heavyweight punching, dancefloor crunching compilation that is is Trash The Wax.
For this edition we welcome new recruits to the Paper fold such as Ed Wizard & DDD, Mørk, Nutritious and Cuz Electric as well as regulars DJ Rocca, Pablo & Shoey, Chris Massey, Kooky & Damoon and Paper family members Daco, 2 Billion Beats & Ralph Myerz.
There’s something for everyone, from the balearic sun soaked sounds of Picotropico, Bruno Belissimo and Dagfest to late night power throwers pumped up by Ichisan & James Rod and massive disco drenched blasters courtesy of Kornum & Karma, Situation & Solid State.
We reckon this is one of our faves yet so crack it on your walkman & prepare to get well raved up.
It’s been a long time coming but 2 Billion Beats’ debut album is ready to pop and here’s the second EP to be taken from it.
Revolutions struts its way onto the dance floor for a track that is deep, solid and aimed squarely between the eyes. It features some heavy cosmic squelches & squeaks before an arp hits to shift things up a gear to the setting marked ‘heavy”. This will take you to the stars & back whilst stopping off in the basements for a top up.
Warm Feeling is a melting pot of jacking-disco-jazz tinged house music with the silky vocals of Dieter that perfectly partners up with the soaring pads, busty Rhodes & firecracker percussion. It delivers a surefire selection for all the party jocks.
Norway’s Magnus International steps in fresh from one of the albums of the year on Prins Thomas’ Full Pupp . He takes Revolutions and straddles techno and house for a mix that is pure peak time heads down tackle for tougher floors.
Finally Italy’s DJ Steevo goes full on dance floor nu-disco shaker for his mix of Warm Feeling. He takes the B-line in to an NRG direction, thumps the drums and lets the Rhodes do it’s work whilst using synths and delayed vocals to give the track dynamics.
Justin Robertson: “Top stuff on the Magnus remix”
Mugwump: “Loving the original of Revolutions”
Sean Johnston/Hardway Bros: “DJ Steevo doing the biz!”
Discodromo: “Great! love the Magnus International remix”
Alkalino: “Revolutions original and Magnus International Remix are the ones for me, thks!”
DJ Rocca: “Really like it, especially the Magnus International remix”
Fingerman: “Great stuff! Loving the remixes too! Roll on the LP :)”
Reza Attar: “Love the DJ Steevo mix!”
DJ Paulette: “Revolutions – Hot Since 82 must surely be peeing his pants over this one! Warm Feeling is a curve ball – wonky synth disco.
Revolutions – is a loopfest for dark corners and the DJ Steevo remix is a slo-mo disco banger!”
Duncan Gray: “Wow, loving that Magnus remix of Revolutions. nice one. thanks!”
Ed Mahon (Cowbbell Radio) : “Revolutions is a sure fire winner, big hit on dancefloors! Loving the DJ Steevo remix of Warm Feeling too, excellent stuff! Welcome back”
It’s good to get back to New Zealand again and we’ve been itching to put this EP by Maxx Mortimer out for a while. It nearly didn’t happen when his laptop was stolen but the stars aligned and the world of music is now a better place.
Feelings is vocal house at it’s very best with Stacey Gardener bringing the soul. Deep, simple and catchy its reminiscent of Miguel Campbell’s Something Special and has the potential to get the same kind of heat.
Next up Soulfood is deep garage that packs an extra thump. Nagging chords and sample, a big bottom end and drums that swing are all that you need for perfect heads down Saturday night NYC flavoured tackle. Expect dance floors like Faith, MOS and Fabric to be jumping all over this.
Got Some Funk has a more live flavour and it’s all in the groove that hits the one. Again on a garage tip with Rhodes and sample at the forefront this does it’s thing and does it damn well.
Mark Farina – “Dig these!”
Oliver $ – “Nice one”
Danielle Moore (Crazy P) – “Liking Soulfood for its repetitiveness. A constant groove which isn’t too overpowering. A good set of tracks”
Artwork credit: Dean Chew
Fingerman – “Soulfood is a great deep number but Got Some Funk rocks this EP for me. Nice!”
Alkalino – “Good vibes!”
Severino Panzetta (Horse Meat Disco) – “YES FUNKY!”
Billy Scurry – “House music at it best, all tracks here doing it for me.. Solid stuff indeed!!”
Neil Diablo – “Got some funk has got some funk”
Benoit C – “Feelings for me”
Robot 84 – “Superb vocal, really feelin’ this…”
Get Down Edits – “Tasty stuff from the Paper camp once again x”
Ed Mahon (Cowbell Radio) – “Feelings will be in the ‘box’ all Summer long, great track. Digging the funk as well but all about Feelings for me”
Groovement Soul – “Lovely soulful EP this one, especially Soulfood with it’s deep detroit vibes. Recognising samples all over the shop”
Noway keep coming up with producers who offer something fresh and exciting in a world where rave by numbers is often the norm. The next one to look out for is De Fantastiske To’s Rave-enka who mixes up techno, house and disco into a unique arctic stew as this EP perfectly demonstrates.
Rett I Kroppen is an epic disco-tech number purpose built from the ground up for maximum dance floor damage. It’s all about the release and build of the horn and string heavy sample for a track that can cross genres and comes off like a Paperclip People for 2016.
Honningen is just perfect house music; using the raw ingredients of a groove that swings and sample it demonstrates why the best ideas are often the simplest. Add in an arp, some filtering, a dash of Detroit plus dynamics and you have something that sounds like a Scandinavian Moodymann track.
Rett I Fletta brings in a 90s Strictly vibe but keeps things stripped back. Garage drums and analogue bass drive it along before cutting to a pure NYC synth stab for a Sound Factory Bar kind of joint.
Finally, the man who can, Richard Seaborne takes Honningen and beefs things up. With added vocal samples there is no way this can miss and he takes it back to a similar place as his Todd Terje and Tensnake rocking Is This Acid? Expect similar results.
Rave-enka is busy in his bunker recording us an album so expect more block rockers in 2016.
Mark Farina – “Dig these”
Justin Robertson – Great release”
Sleazy McQueen – “Too far gone, Norway back”
Harri (Sub CLub) – “Liking a few of these, full support”
Tronik Youth – “Ret I Kroppen for me great stuff”
Fingerman – “Like the main track but Richard’s remix is next level gear!”
Tim “Love” Lee – “Really digging Honningen!”
Get Down Edits – “Strong 4 track EP right here, looking forward to testing all 4.”
Aldrin Zouk – “Richard Seaborne Remix on point! Also diggin’ Rett I Kroppen.”
Ali Herron (OOFT!) – “Digging the Richard Seaborne remix :)”
Billy Scurry – “Ticks all the boxes, in all the right ways!! so much YES!”
Pablo Contraband – “This is fantastic – Reyy I Kroppen for me Rich’s remix is tasty too – flashback to Bizarre Inc!”
Neil Diablo – “WALLOP! Rett I Kroppen is my pick but this is a great EP.”
Murray Richardson – “Brilliant stuff loving this and perfect for Rebel Waltz in London this Saturday…Rett Kroppen is the one”
Keith Dalton (Groovement Soul) – “WOW, love this. Proper dancefloor bangers. Every track has the perfect amount of Disco vibes with that techy or rave edge. Heaven.”
Bad Barbie (Kane FM) – “Seaborne. That is all.”
Death on the Balcony – “Liking Honnigen top stuff!”
Leon Sweet – “I’m a big fan of Ravi’s work and this doesn’t disappoint. Quailty tackle and diggin Mr Seaborne’s cheeky little remix too. Rett I Kroppen is pick of the
bunch for me.”
Marius Sommerfeldt (De Fantastiske To) – “Rett I Kroppen gir deg en varmende pause og passer perfekt Ã¥ ha med i sekken eller vesken, enten man er pÃ¥ tur eller i hverdagen.”
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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.