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Richard Seaborne – Times Are Hard

After previous releases on Paper and Paper Disco, the man who asked “Is This Acid?” (as charted by Todd Terje and featured on Tensnake’s All Gone Pete Tong comp) returns with Times Are Hard.

The original is a post neon 80’s style workout that wouldn’t sound out of place if you were driving a white Testarossa down the California freeway at night. A chopped disco loop gives way to a laid back smooth bass line with delay drenched synth stabs before the sultry vocal delivers.

Paper’s head tea boy and pasty lover Chris Massey throws all the above out of the window and drops a solid 4am whopper with the wobbliest & wonkiest off key synth and bass line this side of his home-town Bolton. It’s already had Emperor Machine asking to do an edit so handle this one with care!

Our Norwegian friends De Fantastiske To drop a mix that could be at home in the basement clubs of New York. It’s simple, jacking & slacking with hypnotic synths alongside the original’s vocal. This is heads down house music with a slight look up only to have a blast a poppers.

DJ Rocca – – “Chris Massey remix blowed my mind!”

Mugwump – “The Chris Massey remix is fucking bonkers.”

Reza Athar – “Lovely! Big fan of Richard as I told this 1000 times. Chris Massey’s mix is incredible as well!”

Jerry Bouthier – Lovely..supporting.

Pathaan – Superb!

Aldrin Zouk – “Chris Massey Remix on point. Also diggin’ the instrumental.”

Como Las Grecas Magazine – “Chris Massey remix is amazing….. De Fantastiske for the club….”

Sleazy McQueen – “What the hell?!?!”

Que Sakamoto – “i will drop Chris Massey 4am [email protected] TOKYO NEXT SAT!!! Excited!!”

Neil Quigley – “The 4am mix is indeed a whopper! I’m all over this like a cheap suit.”

80s Child – “Original mix for me although every track is quality!”

Q-Burns Abstract Message – “Original mix is nice + spacious, good vocal bit. Thanks -”

Andy (Inland Knights) – “Nice…..will spin it tonight”

Danny Oliver – “Love the Chris Massey Mix…filthy”

Frank Lihaug – Wicked package.”

Wrighty (Soul Buggin) – “the De Fantastiske mix is mighty fine, can see the Buggin’ crowd getting sweaty to that”

Billy Scurry – “OOOFFF!! check out plastikmass!! destroyer! 4am or otherwise”

Cowbell Radio – “Something for everyone here…love the wobbly wonkiness of Chris Massey’s re-work, but once again I’m loving what De Fantastiske To do!”

Leon Sweet – “Yeayyaaahhh! Mr Seaborne on fine form as usual and super strong remixes. A little something for everyone me thinks. I can’t actually pick a fave, I like all in equal measures. Top marks one and all.”

Severino Panzetta (Horse Meat Disco) – “Remix is pretty cool”

Dan J – “Chris Massey mix is proper tonk! Lovely groove on the DFT remix too. Another great Paper release.”

Cesare Cera aka Black Mighty Wax – “love the ipnhotic atmosphere on “De Fantastiske To Remix”!”

Murray Richardson – “4am remix for me, looking forward to dropping this one”

Ulysses – “I like the warehouse-y sound of the 4AM mix best.

Nuno Cacho – “What a pack! Live the original, to chart it and play in my club, love the 4am mix to play at 8am in portuguese way of clubbing, and love The Fantistc one becouse it’s my style to play at 6pm. COMPLETE!”

Somerville & Wilson – “Another corking release from Paper Recordings .Chris Masseys remix is our fav although De Fantastike remix comes a close second .

Russell Deeks – “Solid nu-disco vibes on the orig but liking DFT remix best”

Ralph Myerz & The Kosmik Diamondz – Stay Kosmik EP

Long time Paper friend and top notch producer Ralph Myerz is back on with the opening salvo from his forthcoming album….and what a whopper! We mean literally as the first track alone clocks in at just under 15 minutes!

Ralph has been a cornerstone of the Norwegian dance scene since the early 90s when he broke globally with the Jack Herron band and “Think Twice”. Since then he has built up an eye watering body of work that ranges from jacking Chicago house and techno to nu-disco, deep house and hip hop. Last year he won the best electronic album Norwegian Grammy for Supersonic Pulse featuring George Clinton, Snoop Dog and Annie.

But here it’s strictly deep dance floor business.

Acid 4 Eddie is an epic 15 minute track built around a throbbing acid bass helped along by shuffling drums and stabby synths. The bass filters in and out as the dynamics of the track shift in a hypnotic journey, only breaking halfway through for some lighter chords before heading back in to the deep stuff and the acid peak. Then it’s a soft landing as the track winds down to enable one of those smooth running mixes.

Hello Space is a comparatively moderate 10 minutes and a synthy arpeggiated treat with a hint of Italo. Trippy vocal stabs and big atmospherics punctuate the bouncing bass which is reinforced with lead lines. Again the track breaks in the middle with some chords and an 80s synth line while the drums go breakbeat before its back to work.

Finally, Lett Sommarmat picks things up after the first two moody tracks. It uses an easy listening disco sample that is teased in before dropping to take things big room, then its smiles and hugs as the world becomes a better place!

Eli / Charles (Soul Clap / Wolf & Lamb) – Lett Sommarmat on some different future classic visions!

Danny Howells – Sounding stunning!

Skream (R1 play) – Lett Sommarmat went off at the Hideout Festival

Laurent Garnier – Cool EP

Andy Meecham – Bloody brilliant 10/10

X-Press 2 – Great EP

Justin Robertson – Acid 4 Eddie!

Bill Brewster – Nice chuggy acid biznizz.

Eric Duncan – All 3 are super!

Osunlade – Nice EP.

Tensnake – Super Nordic stuff.

Sleazy McQueen – Diggin the Acid 4 Eddie.

Claudio Coccoluto – Sounds good.

Tom Middleton – Superb release..thumbs up all around from a big fan..full support.

Groovement Soul – Great EP.

Tunnel FM – Outstanding EP.

Terence (Freak N Chic) – Paper is in the house!

Nick Woolfson (Mock ‘n Toof) – Well produced EP

Bruno (Xinobi (Discotexas) – Left Sommarnmat is a special one!

A Sagittariun (Elastic Dreams) – Gwan Paper Recordings!

Viv / Anstacia (Blond:ish) – Acid 4 Eddie.

Downtown Party Network (Eskimo) – Lett Sommarmat!

Stevie Kotey (Chicken Lips / Bear Entertainment) – Been a fan of Ralph Myerz from the start! They or he always make music I want to play. Nothing has changed!

Greg Churchill – Fuckin’ ace!

80s Child – Great e.p – Acid 4 Eddie is the standout track for me and will be getting the most plays.

Nuno Cacho – This is too good! Will be my power play every summer EPIC EP!

Joe Morris – Tropical Highway EP

Joe has been releasing music on some of the best UK labels of the moment including EDSC and Is It Balearic? and now the man from Clandestino is back with the follow up to his last EP just in time for summer. Tropical Highway follows the same format with one deep house houser and two gorgeous balearic nodders.

“Always” leads the pack and is aimed at that 3am moment when you’re parked in front of the speaker and living for the moment. Crisp reverbed percussion and a shuffling sub lay the foundations for keys that look towards Detroit. An old school sample helps build the track with strings and pads until the drop is reached and not a moment too soon, that kind of intensity can only be kept up for so long! Then it’s back down to the business of getting stuck in.

“Elysium” has a side chained chorused pad, gentle percussive keys, strings, a trippy vocal sample and the only thing missing is the sound of the lapping sea. It weaves it’s hypnotic magic as the synths and pads play counter melodies off each other sounding like a lost 90s Cafe Del Mar classic which is no bad thing in our book!

“Fireflies” carries on the same tip with filtered pads that are heavy on atmosphere as the bass moves around them. A stabby synth pushes the track along as the drums build and drop with the keys giving it that balearic hook.

So when you’re watching the sun go down and enjoying the perfect Ibiza / Croatia / Thailand / Yorkshire (delete where appropriate) moment , the Tropical Highway EP will be the soundtrack!

DJ Rocca – Nice bass driven deep house.

Rocky (X-Press 2) – Elysium and Fireflies are the ones.

Murray Richardson – Love this, love Paper!

Will Tramp – Great EP. Loving the package! Well done Joe

80s Child – Always is the track that will be getting the most plays from me great stuff :)

Russell Deeks – Always for me here but liking the other two as well

Nuno Cacho – I love the balearic ones… This is so good and fresh for my summer!

Que Sakamoto – Thank u!!I will play a lots Always.luvly!!

Dan J – Really into ‘always’. lovely track!

Ulysses – Nice stuff. Reminds me a little of mellower Pagan releases.

Ed Bigland – Elysium our favourite, balance is just right on this one.

Marius Vareid (Full Pupp) – Elysium is perfect summer business!

Pathaan – Love it!

DJ Tomas – Real strong sense of chords and synths on these tracks in the fine tradition of Guidance or Prescription Records, good company to be in!

Ed Mahon (Cowbell Radio) – Lovely sun-drenched beats all over the EP. Elysium will be soundtracking my sunsets all Summer, the best Balearic track I’ve heard this year so far!

2 Billion Beats – Really liking the vibes on this- good beach or late night lose yourself in your own head vibes. The feeling reminds me a bit of AFX -selected ambient werks…

Feodor AllRight – Fireflies is lovely

Billy Scurry – Excellent! really digging Always, hit me like Don Carlos..Alone did many years ago…Awesome!! top class EP!! now wheres that beach?!?

Somerville & Wilson – Nice deep house vibes.Always is our favourite.

Aldrin Zouk – Elysium is a nice summertime tune.

Neil Diablo – Elysium is the one for me. lush summery Adriatic vibes…

Groovement Soul – WOW I just love Elysium and Fireflies. This EP is a slice of blissed out heaven. Will be playing Elysium all summer.

Andy Wilson (Ibiza Sonica) – Nice vibes for daytime ibiza on Elysium and Fireflies , will play on the radio and the beach

Mutant Disco Radio Show – Lovely release. All 3 tracks are magic.