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.
There should be a new name for Norwegian balearica as they are hitting the sweet spot every time. This EP is no exception, with its retro analogue sounds touching on Ibiza, Italo, soundtrack and all the good stuff.
The Telemark Express is a collaboration between Norway’s Kjetil Lagesen aka Kellini, an up and coming disco producer and familiar name on the Nordic scene, Jarle Bråthen. Periodically they both have ‘writer’s block’ but when they hit the studio together, these obstacles fade away and the magic emerges.
Epic Proportions starts things off at a pace with its bubbling arpeggiator, congas and 4/4 beat that build, before the epic synths takes things to space disco heaven.
Inflatable Ego goes full balearic with its reggae lilt, stringless flanged bass and selection of analogue synths. Close your eyes and it could be 1986 in Amnesia as Alfredo drops that dubbed out Demis Roussos B-side everyone’s been banging on about.
The title track goes deep with a nagging synth and swells that lay underneath Vangelis like synths as they pick out their melody.
Bright Future keeps the squelchy bass with uplifting chords to send the sun down in to the Med as you move on to your third Long Island Ice Tea.
Fingerman – Stunning sounds! Epic Proportions is particularly good :)
Olle Abstract – Nice EP. Will play.
Aldrin Zouk – Very tasty EP! Thanks!!
Billy Scurry – Great discoid release full of pulsating and throbbing deliciousness, just how we likes it. really great vibes
Le Visiteur Online – Ace release!
Pathaan – DIG !
James Hoste – Title track and Bright Future are lovely. BF in particular has a delightful warmth and gentle groove to it.
Andy Wilson – some lovely warm vibes on this EP , particularly like Inflatable Ego and Bright Future , will play in my radio show
We’ve had some great reactions and press in hitting our 25th Birthday so here are some highlights.
‘A Quarter Century of the UK deep house label’ – IDJ Magazine
’10 Hidden gems’ – Le Visiteur Online
DJ REACTIONS BELOW
I’m a massive fan of Paper since day one. I have all of those already but these will beat my home made vinyl rips I’m sure. Thanks to one of the best house labels that ever was.
Great release, thanks for this! Paper used to be a favourite of pretty much every house DJ in my hometown of Essen back in the day. While some of my personal Paper favourites didn’t make it there are also some tracks I didn’t know at all!
What a great idea to bring out all these incredible pieces. I remember I played a lot of Da Kingue D’mazda, Bust A Bubble and the all the crazy P stuff. It was really an essential label and really based on quality!
This is a must have collection right here.
WOW! What a collection of Wonderfull tracks!! Paper recordings is a MUST….super proud to have released on that label me too
I think I put some music out on Paper! My memory has gone. A big salute to Ben Davis and an extraordinary label. 25 years more please!
Only had a couple of these from back in the day, but love the ones I didn’t know,
Lots of good stuff here though there are others I would’ve preferred to see too. Hard call to make with that label.
What a collection! Been a massive fan for years, nice to have a compilation like this! Too many amazing cuts to single out!
What an amazing compilation. Happy Anniversary Paper Recordings.
I’d love to get involved with this.
Finding this is my inbox after a month of holiday puts a smile on my face :) Paper has been such a big part of my sound for the past 25 years and always brings the right vibe and energy to the floor. Great compilation of this stellar label, which is still going strong, respect!
Amazing!! I was a huge Paper fan!! Thank you!! Happy Anniversary Paper!!
Fan of the label for years. What a great comp. So many great tracks after another. !
TOM FINDLAY (GROOVE ARMADA)
I don’t know where to start on this it sounds so good!
TRISTAN JONG (GRATTS / EMSEMBLE)
Big Papererecordings fan here as you know :) A few of these I have on the shelves.
Paper gems here ….how can you not love this all in a handy package.
Too many killers to pick a favourite (or even two!) A fitting tribute for a Northern Powerhouse of a label. Fantastic release!
Absolute Aceness! What can be seen by each Album is the breadth of work, and GREAT work at that, put out by Paper. One (Crazy P) is like meeting old friends for a beer.. tracks you’ve known, played, loved over the years… Beautiful!
The other (Flash) is like finishing the beers, making the call, and going out out! Hitting the dancefloors with said friends and ending up in Barbs, on a beach or in a field or a bashment. And this is what Paper did.. Made you feel like you were part of the label/family.. you felt like they were releasing stuff for you and your mates because they knew what you were into, even before you did.
And the fact that it is still doing that now is a huge testament to the never ending search for great new music by the people/family behind the label. (we know who you are), and we thank you! BRAVO! and on to the next 25 yrs!!
STUART PATTERSON (FAITH/ THE DATE / MI SOUL RADIO)
Ah the glory days when Crazy had a penis and I used to get sent 12 inches in brown paper bags. Absolutely essential UK label.
HARRI JAMES HARRIGAN/ SUB CLUB
Lots to like here, got most on vinyl . Must get it all out!
Ulalalalaaalal so great … mainly have all of this tracks on vinyl but its great to see it on one place. Will play it out already this weekend
FISH GO DEEP
Loved paper over the years had many a great night with Miles and Elliot in Sir Henrys. Still play Downtime to this day nice to see it all been released again.
What a great compilation and label.
GRAEME PARK (THE HACIENDA)
Quality. Great to have these all in one place and to be reminded of how great some of these tracks are.
CHRIS TODD/ HOT TODDY/ CRAZY P
Nice selection by Flash, reminded me of a few tracks i’d forgotten about, Summer Of Love, The History Of The Future and the insanely good The Reasons Why?
Two of Paper’s favourites have collaborated to update Mylo’s classic Drop The Pressure in to a nu-disco banger that’s set to take over the summer. What started as an edit quickly turned in to a full blooded re-make before they hauled in Crazy P’s Danielle Moore for vocals under her Ladydriver guise.
The original brings a band to the party with rhythm guitar, strings, live bass and horn section. The intro teases before the riff that everybody knows and then wallop, we’re off. For the break, Danni brings the disco and hands in the air doesn’t even touch it.
Norwegian next big things Lakeshouse knock it out the park with their 4/4 nu-disco version. It weaves the dynamics and melody around a vocoder and NRG that locks in to deliver a classy, dancefloor remix.
Marma Boog goes deep and cosmic for a pitched down balearic take. 80s synths and drums top off burbling and tripped out vocals. Sunsets never sounded so good.
Following last year’s That Hit which rocked boxes worldwide, Flash and Charlie have teamed up again to cover one of the greatest club records of the 90s, Mood II Swing’s All Night Long.
It has the official stamp of approval with Lem Springsteen saying ‘its a fantastic production and vocal which literally blew me away. The original was such a cheap recording…so it’s a major compliment to hear such a classy new version!’
All Night Long is sublime deep garage with funked up beats, live bass, guitar and strings. Add Charlie’s gorgeous vocals and its one for the Southport Weekender heads, sitting perfectly with the likes of Kon, Kerri Chandler and Master at Work.
Flash’s dub hypnotises with a two note B-line, delayed EFX, sparse production and trippy vocals. Jazzy keys, looped guitars and make it a tracky, heads down shoe shuffler.
Oslo’s De Fantastiske To add their magic to the ingredients and the result is a lush eight minutes of synth chords, arps and 808 drums. It is reminiscent of Nu Groove, Marshall Jefferson and early Paper.
Finally, Norway’s Doc L Junior brings out the soul. Rhodes, synth bass, upfront congas, wonky vocals and its a late night jam that hits the sweet spot.
Alexander Barck (Jazzanova) – I love the Flash
Mark Farina – Dig!
Fingerman – Proper house music. Love it :)
Get Down Edits – This is quality, Flash Dub is so good.
I-Robots – I-Robots approved!
Ooft – So Sad Dub for me.
Deep South Audio – Mint beats. Flash had his super hero pants on the day he laid these beats down .. supported straight away on Radio 17/04/2019
Da Sunlounge – Delicious modern disco.
Tici Taci Music – Paper is on fire at the moment. No pun intended. The Part 2 Dub is my fave here but it’s all good.benoit C – Coll one
Gratts – Fun take on one of my favourite classics.
Third Attempt – This will definitely get playtime. Some really soulful stuff going on here. Love the overall feeling of the EP, last track is my favourite.
Paper favourite Richard Seaborne is back and on fire with two killer tracks.
Ken has pumped drums doing the heavy lifting while a minor piano progression works with the simple string line and the funk bass filters to full effect. Make no mistake, this is a stripped back bomb to cause scenes.
Susy takes a different route down to the depths of arpeggiated chug. Back in the day acid bass, attacking distorted stabs, italo pads and filtered samples push it deep in to hypnotic ALFOS territory. A track that will rock boxes from techno to house to disco and back.
Nutritious: “Always incredible music from Richard Seaborne. This rocks.”Robot 84:
Robot 84: “Nice deep vibes on this one, really feelin it…”
James Rod: “Super cream!!!”
Somerville & Wilson: “Loving the tasty vibes of Susy! Proggy Chug tastic! FULL support here”
Fingerman: “Loving the tasty vibes of Susy! Proggy Chug tastic! FULL support here”
80s Child : “Quality stuff, wheres he been?”
Somerville & Wilson : “Loving the tasty vibes of Susy! Proggy Chug tastic! FULL support here in OZ”
De Fantastiske To : “Great work from Richard… These are real pumpers!”
Get Down Edits : “Great work from Richard… These are real pumpers!”
Paper Disco continues to support emerging talent and Alex Wastnidge’s From Beyond is a fine example of a new generation of disco producers. His second EP for Paper Disco is three tracks of stripped back fire that were made with ‘analogue synths, MPC 1000, electric guitar and live bass’.
New Moon has a disco-not-disco B-line that breaks for cover with the 80s synths and guitar for heads down business. Double hand claps brings smiles and its NRG all the way.
Mass Transit slows things down but with the same dubbed out live sound. There are squelches and arps to take it into a cosmic area but with maximum dance floor sensibilities.
Finally, Earthbound is more tripped out with delayed SFX and synths driven along by cowbells and congas. Next stop outer space!
DJ Rocca: “Superb old school/new school disco EP”
Get Down Edits: “Quality production, New Moon is right up our street, driving bass with catchy chord stabs!”
Tronik Youth: “Yes! real cool EP of disco tunes!”
Duncan Grey: “This is ace! You know the live bass and guitar thing is right up my alley! Playing a so-called balearic style gig this weekend and will deffo give New Moon a spin”
The EP series returns with more outlaws from San Francisco, Mexico, Japan, Portugal and err, Nottingham causing havoc on dance floors worldwide.
Mr Tea is back, this time remixing Praus and he’s turned in a deep house, space disco banger. Tribal drums, analogue B-line and heavy atmospherics result in a 4am melon twister of a track.
Tokyo resident R-04’s ‘Kanbanwa’ is 4.38 of perfectly formed deep disco garage. Heavy beats blend with synth jams to make way for the popping bass played by Mike Watt of Minutemen and The Stooges fame. That’s right, as in Iggy Pop.
For Torn Sail’s Treasure, Tiago follows up his epic Birds remix on Claremont 56 with balearic headlights turned to full beam. A nagging synth bass bounces along as organ, effected vocals and live drums create a mood that’s just lovely.
Finally, Picotropico takes things deep with stripped back house track ‘Oslove’ that uses samples, percussion and drums to take us deep into the jungle. Halfway through, things pick as the pulsing bass starts to drive a perfect blend of early doors / late night house music.
Bill Brewster: “Really like the Tiago remix!”
DJ Rocca: “Oslove is great!”
Sean Johnston (ALFOS) : “Some crackers on here but the Praus is really doing it for me the most!”
Fingerman: “Some lovely balearic moments here!”
Chris Massey: “Kanban Wa is absolute killer but that Tiago remix is aces!!!”
James Rod: “Full support!!!”
Robot 84: “quality tunes as always, lovin the balearic downtempo tune by Torn Sail”
Minus The Majors – Noise On Repeat
1. Black and White
2. Peanut Dust
3. Baker Lights
Following their appearance on Trash The Wax 5, we are thrilled to release Minus The Majors’ debut 4 track EP ‘Noise On Repeat’.
The dubby & filtered opener Black & White is stripped back garage with plenty of subby, bouncing bass. Seven and a half minutes of proper house joy.
Peanut Dust is straight up sunshine grooves with bags of swing. Kerri Chandler style stabs across organ chords and an infectious high end pattern plus a breakbeat brings the groove.
Baker Lights starts with breaks then drops to a 4/4 as the twanging digi bass hits your head. Stabs, synths & samples bounce in all directions whilst ripping over the drums.
Ivasha Flew closes off the party and heads deep into the Latin tropics with tribal chants, drums and infectious synth lines. This is a proper late night Balearic beauty and will cause scenes if dropped at the right moment.
Nutritious – Indeed a really, really good EP. Some of the freshest new house around. Nicely done.
Fingerman – Ivasha Flew is lush! Great stuff :)
Get Down Edits – Very Nice Production & lovely sound.
Robot 84 – Quality EP, really like all the tunes. Baker Lights is right up my street…
Marius Sommerfeldt (De Fanastiske To) – Yeah ! I haven’t heard proper oldschool house-vibes i actually like in a while. This is really cool.
Severino Panzetta (Horse Meat Disco) – Pretty cool and deep NICE.
Mordisco – “Good stuff..especially Ivasha Flew. Will play sure!
Deep House Audio – Quality all day long.
Billy Scurry – Ivasha is a slice of nice!.
Pathaan – Love it!