James “Rod” Rodriguez steps out of his comfort zone here, briefly departing his Golden Soul label for a confident, ear-catching outing on Paper Recordings. Opener “Belong City” delivers a near-perfect balance between druggy Italo-disco chug and woozy, synth-laden nu-disco psychedelia, while the accompanying Draco remix brilliantly re-imagines the track as a trippy slab of revivalist ’80s synth-wave wonkiness with a touch of contemporary nu-disco sheen. Meanwhile, “Chamanes Ochenteros” is a fine slab of arpeggio-powered Italo/nu-disco fusion that’s subsequently given a low-slung, Afro-Cosmic makeover by Leca. The latter version is particularly mind-altering, though its focus remains on the dancefloor throughout. Find on JUNO
Lakeshouse release their second EP on Paper Disco and its a fantastic four tracker that blends the sounds of the Norwegian club scene with exotic rhythms and Berlin melancholy. Behind the name is a production team of DJs, artists and jazz musicians based in Oslo and Malmö.
Their debut ‘Firkanta EP’ came out early this year and was well received by both DJ Mag and Mixmag for their ‘bonkers’ Norwegian spin on disco and house. It gained support from the likes of Alexander Robotnik, Bottin, RSS Disco, Andy Buchan and Diskjokke to name a few.
Opener ‘Folkemusikk’ gives us the spirit of Kraftwerk crossed with Scandinavian cosmic boogie. All served with sparkling synth patterns, loopy melodies and a catchy Norwegian vocal hook that translates as ‘this is folk music’. A sample of a traditional Norwegian fiddle cements the track’s message: ‘Dance Music Will Never Die!’.
Next up, ‘Papaya’ is a samba-techno party with aggressive house-chords, wonky bass and a steel drum hook that carries you to the Caribbean.
‘NRK’ slows it down into ambient-techno territory with a stripped down beat of soundscapes and basslines. Its a deep dive into dusty archives and ghosts in the machine.
Finally ‘Lov’ is a heart wrenching electro-pop ballad. Diametrically opposed emotions are re-lived through human-robotic vocals, 606-drum machines and a bombastic horn section.
Lakeshouse manage to blend profound concepts and slick production in an EP of future pop and disco.
The Gemini Brothers – Lovely release! Folkemusikk track is just brilliant!
Justin Robertson – Top stuff.
Bottin – Great EP
Neil Diablo – Folkemusikk is killer.
Freudenthal (NEIN Records) – Uff! Whats this? Downloading! More of that please!
Gameboyz – Love it! Amazing EP!
Strapontin (Sinchi Collective, Optimo Music DD, Nein, I’m a Cliché, La Belle) – Real stand-out ep, I like Folkemusikk a lot, very fun and original.
Patrick Vidal – Great release, Papaya is excellent with the balearic vibe.
Severino Panzetta (Horse Meat Disco) – PAPAYA is my jam.
Neil Parnell (Tronik Youth) – Love folkemusikk
Loz Goddard – Niiiiceness.. especially Folkemusikk!
Duncan Grey – Well, this certainly beats an individual path doesn’t it? Loving the title track and I think, in time, I will get to love the other 3 too. hats off to Paper yet again.
The disco force is strong with this one!
We’re super thrilled to welcome the skills of Natasha Kitty Katt to the Paper Disco fold with her ‘Katt Eye, Bangs & Disco E.P.’
‘She’s Cruel’ kicks off the party and its full on main room disco house with a heavy dose of funk, by way of some serious slap bass. Add disco stabs, rolling toms, soaring strings plus that all important cowbell for added jack and its a gold-plated floor rocker.
Previously only available on self released vinyl, ‘Twisted Katt’ sees Ms Kitty join forces with the Twisted Soul Collective. The result is a low slung funker that sweeps and swoops with a background stomp that will alert the crowd that its time to get busy.
Trash The Wax # 7 has arrived freshly minted and ready to rock.
We welcome back some familiar wax trashers and Paper family members such as Bill Brewster, Daco, From Beyond and Kooky & Damoon as well as our good friends Yam Who and Jaegerossa. There are also recent entrants Andy Buchan & James Greenwood plus some new blood to the fold by way of Christoph & Danny Russell, Studebaker Hawk, Setembro, Brian SNR & R-04 who have all brought their A game to the latest collection.
Chopped up chunky disco edits sit alongside low slung Berlin basement bangers and pumped up late night party pingers. No moody, beige style beard strokers here, just straight up dancefloor. Get it on Bandcamp for £8
Trash The Wax returns with Volume 6 and plenty of party pumping offerings from the Paper Disco family new and old.
There are heavy hitters like HiFi Sean, Richard Norris and Bill Brewster plus one of the Paper originals Hot Toddy, all of whom deliver slam dunk selections.
Newcomers include Andy Buchan, Tony Disco, DJ Counselling, James Greenwood, The Funk District & Algy Strutt with regular Trash The Waxers Flash Atkins, Solid State, Minus The Majors, Kooky & Damoon with Courtnay Reddy, Smashed Atoms, Feverfew, From Beyond and Norway’s Diskobeistet.
Its a meltdown of house-disco-edits-boogie-chuggy-acid and its set to be unleashed.
Leeds’ Archie Presley is back on Paper Disco with his first EP following a storming debut on Trash The Wax # 5. There are three tracks of brilliantly produced, superior disco that is all set to soundtrack the summer. Ashley Beedle and Joey Negro best move over, there’s a new kid in town.
First up Cape Cod takes a horn riff and turns it round live instrumentation, congas and drums that pack a swing. Sweeps and dynamics make this a hit at any time of night and day; and hot damn, it’s catchy.
2 Chord Sangba takes things a bit more soulful with Rhodes and plenty of latin drums and percussion, making the most of them in the break. Then it’s back to business for late hands in the air shenanigans.
Finally Sour Indian drops the BPMs to dip it’s toes in the Med just in time for summer. Touches of acid, gorgeous chords and trippy atmospherics make it a stone cold, killer balearic chugger.
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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 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”