Paper Recordings continue to explore their own, unique interpretation of disco in fine style with this newie from Research. “Miss Ya’ Is an odd foray into Balearica, when Balearic meant a little bit of everything thrown into the mix. Echoing the eccentric nature of Trevor Horn’s best productions, the original mix fuses a slo-mo body music groove with bluesy guitar, laid back drums and blissed out synth washes. Meanwhile on the digital flipside, the GoGo Time mix strips everything back to a sleazy punk funk crawler.
Proviant Audio aka Mathias Stubo touches down on Paper Disco, a subsidiary of Paper Recordings, dedicated to only the funkiest of floor cuts. The original of “Like Never Before” is a vocal-heavy bomb reminiscent of the 70s, with enough soul to set your skates on fire. The 2 Billion Beats remix is a discofied, Pepe Bradock style tune, whilst Ste Spandex deliver a gorgeous live take on the original, with slithering percussion and one mean lean bassline, while Sleazy McQueen provides a shaking, filtered version to add another level of funk. TOP!
“Freaks man Justin Harris has been pretty quiet of late, having not released any solo material for some time. “1,2,3 Breathe”, then, is something of a rare treat for those who grew up with his particular brand of wonky, eccentric deep house. The track itself isn’t as quirky as some of his offerings – think of it as a stylish, off beat vocal deep house cut with left-field leanings – but it is a cut above the norm. The stand-out mix is the oddball House Dub – all shuffling percussion, booming low end and breathy vocalizing – but the two slower alternate takes – the house-boogie styling of the Mid-tempo Mix and the dreamy Down-tempo Mix – are also very good.”
“Paper Recordings chief Flash Atkins is a friendly sort of chap, and in recent times has spent has evenings locked in the studio with some of the label’s lesser-known names. Here, he delivers the fruit of those labours: a collaborative EP featuring a trio of new cuts. “Wilco”, with 2 Billion Beats, begins as a chunky, low-slung, disco-influenced house number, before morphing into a Moroder-ish chunk of electronic disco madness. CP hook-up “Malawi Chant” (also available in stripped-back Dub form) is a breezy afrobeat affair – all undulating rhythms, darting organs and African chants. Finally, “Calieo Square”, with Havana Candy, is an atmosphere, picturesque slither of melodic nu-disco.”
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The debate rages on over which is best, vinyl or digital. Rather than having a fight over it, have a listen to this feature and then have a fight over something else.
With contributions from Piccadilly Records’ Phillippa Jarman, Juniper’s Dan Mumberson, Juno’s James Vorres and Kelvin Andrews.
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2019 marked a landmark 25 years at the coal-face of rave for Paper, one of the world’s most treasured independent record labels. In that time, Paper has released over 2000 tracks ranging from deep house and disco to Balearic and leftfield pop on its three imprints (Wave, Disco, Recordings), produced by over 600 artists, producers and remixers. Their sounds have been spun and streamed into over 80 countries worldwide, making them one of the most respected names in contemporary dance music.