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.
We Are Woodville and Paper Recordings’ very own loser super hero Flash Atkins returns to centre stage with another genre-busting EP on We Are Woodville and two brand new cuts that delve deep into the realms of nu disco.
The In Crowd is a chunky and chugging groove laden number based round a hefty Roxy Music sample. It’s got some heavy synths, a big break and is a perfect peaktime roof raiser!
Flash’s Theme is a laid back and jazz infused disco affair. Ronny Jordan inspired guitar lines jam over a warm bed of live drums, full bass and keys to deliver a simply infectious and timeless record.
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Jazzanova – Nice 12″, The In Crowd gets my support.
Chris Duckenfield : Flash’s Theme sounds like E-Lustrious remixing D-Train in the Arndale Centre.
Rob Mello – Flash’s Theme sounds great!
Billy Scurry – Blinding release, quite hard to chose a fav butboth killer tracks… Flash is in well funky mode!!
Diskjokke – Like The In Crowd reminds me of some of those old guerilla tracks.
Ashley Beedle – Mr Atkins always brings a smile to my face. Roxy Music get’s carved up and Flash’s Theme is a beauty as well.
James Teej (Rekids) – Great, great music! Atkins is the man!
Faze Action – Very good, I like!
Sebastian Döring – Flash’s Theme…oh yeah!
The Dead Rose Music Company – The In Crowd floats my boat and will defo get dropped
Eric Duncan (Rub ‘n Tug) – Cool!!!!
Jim Baron (Crazy P) – I’m in with The In Crowd. Heavy stuff!
Fred Everything – Flash’s Theme for me.
Tim Love Lee – Lovely stuff.
Magik Johnson – The In Crowd for me, Fatboy Slim meets DFA. Love the sleeve too.
Leftside Wobble – Proper rockin’ buisness!
Trent Grimes (MOS) – Flash is king!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Both dope jams!
Kiko Navarro – Excellent tracks, great for those new people who like what they call nu-disco.
Stuart Knight (Toolroom) – Flash’s theme is the one for me “PROPER”
Joshua Iz – Simply good choons.
Murray Richardson – Liking The In Crowd Flashman!!!
Disco Outcasts – Massive killer track!!
Dave Pezzner – Wow! Very nice. Flash’s theme is fantastic.
Krysko – The In Crowd… monster hook, will do the business for sure.
Craig Smith (6th Borough Project) – Diggin’ on Flash’s Theme
Diesel (X-Press 2) – Liking it. Will play on show.
‘Make Your Move
(b/w Atjazz and Ashley Beedle Rmxs)
The Superhero past his prime, Flash Atkins is back with a timeless release of deep slow burning soul that shows off his chops as a producer and is backed with some heavyweight mixes to boot. Featuring Crazy P’s Danielle Moore at her sultry best, the original has live bass, drums, guitar, horns and guitar plus Rhodes and electronics all wrapped up in a killer 90BPM 4/4 groove.
Atjazz pitches things up for some classic deep house in his own inimitable style, laying down an afro groove, shuffling percussion, gorgeous pads and keys that taunt and tease before the bass hits. He then brings out the heart and soul of the song before taking out the bass and stripping it back down to create a hypnotic middle section reminiscent of Global Underground’s The Way. The bass and keys then re-emerge for the soulful end….ahhhhh.
Ashley Beedle, a man who’s had his sticky paws in some of the best dance music of the past twenty years takes the track in a psychedelic rock direction. He gives it a heavyweight drum groove and showcases Danielle’s vocals, using plenty of the original parts but adding some heavily effected guitars and percussion to superb effect.
The Reprise strips the original mix of all its beats and let’s Danielle’s vocals soar over the Rhodes; and finally Atjazz and Ashley Beedle’s dubs are included for those allergic to vocals!
Overall a release of incredibly high quality that sees Flash Akins coming of age.
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Rocky (X-Press 2) : Atjazz getting played on this week’s show. Closing track. Beeeutiful
Jazzanova : My fav is the Atjazz Remix. Sound and arrangement is great.
Tom Findlay (Groove Armada) : Original is great, Ashley Beedle mix is fav though.
The Revenge : What a package – most of these mixes will be getting played.
Mathew Krysko : Paper’s back with a happy chugger – nice one Flash.
Rub n Tug : Cooooool
Chris Duckenfield : Lovely slinky ‘Delta House’ styles from Sir Beedle. Bonus Blender particularly tasty & some fine Herbertesque scrubbings from AJ as well.
Wolf & Lamb : Jeez… Beedle killed it here!! Amazing, musical remix… my pick of the bunch.
James Teej (Rekids) : Awesome fucking release, finally some real music! The original is dope as hell, and the Ashley Beedle is smashing.
Peter Kruder : Mellow & nice
Osunlade : Love the Atjazz remix.
Roberto Rodriguez (Compost / Freerange) : 5 star release here. Really good original with excellent remixes. Full steam ahead!
Leo Zero : Loving this slo-mo funker! – Original Mix and Ashley mix for me!
Jay Tripwire : Adding the Atjazz Remix to my RA Chart immediately, amazing project. All the mixes have a time and a place.
Leftside : Great package, all mixes will be played but especially liking the original mix for those sultry Sunday Soul sessions.
Luke Howard : Very nice slow groove, cute vocals and lyrics. Right up my strasse.
Danny Mac : What can I say. Wicked! This is going straight to the front of the box!!! X
Balihu : Nice warm and soulful and i also like the little acid touch…:)))
Jimpster : Atjazz Instrumental! Gorgeous!
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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.