The Wild Army Q & A

We asked the mercenaries and outlaws of The Wild Army a few questions.

If you had to join an army, which one would it be?

Mr. Tea – The Army of Dreamers (ask Kate Bush).
Benjamin Eh (Ben Arnold) – The Salvation Army.
Leca Lecara – Wild Army.
Leon Sweet – Vinyl Rotator & Button Flicker – Rebel Alliance Special Forces, with Chewy by my side.

What’s the wildest night you’ve ever had out?

Mr Tea – A night that ended with an orgy with the entire cast and crew of Lord Of The Rings still in costume.
Benjamin Eh – A night out with the Salvation Army at Amnesia, 1983. I still have the trombone burns.
Leca – Must be some of them good old rave nights back in the days. Used to go proper out of hands.
Leon Sweet – Ha! I’ll save that for my memoirs 

Favourite monster flick?

Mr Tea – The Thing. Easily.
Benjamin Eh – Jaws II.
Leca – Godzilla. Insane special effects!
Leon Sweet – Jaws, that dead dude in the bottom of the boat made me jump so fuckin’ hard I kneed myself in the face and cut my lip watching that film as a kid.

What bit of studio gear are you currently rocking the hardest at the moment?

Mr Tea – I just picked up a rare Soviet Synthesizer called the Opus. Pics to come.
Benjamin Eh – The Korg Minilogue.
Leca – Riding my beloved Elektron Trinity rack, Octa, Rytm & A-4.
Leon Sweet – Maschine Studio, Fifth Mode was produced entirely on it.

 

 

HEAR THE WILD ARMY VOL 1 HERE

 

 

The Wild Army Vol. 1

Juno   Beatport    Traxsource

The Wild Army is a new EP series by renegades, outliers, mercenaries taking house music to it’s deepest corners.

Mr Tea is first out the blocks with History of the Future. It’s deep and hypnotic, swings like a mother and has psychedelia written in to its DNA.

Leon Sweet is back with a bullet and he’s better than ever. Fifth Mode is a broken beat, synth driven head-mangler with a filtered 303 hitting the bullseye.

Manchester house music correspondent Ben Arnold AKA Benjamin Eh goes old school. Stripped back NYC beats, nagging bass, analogue synths, tight percussion and pads keep it swinging.

Finally, Bergen’s Leca is on a roll at the moment. His crisp production ties together an acid B-line, trippy vocals and some of that Norwegian space disco dust they put in their tea.

Prepare yourself, The Wild Army are here!

Hot Toddy – Nice EP. Mr Tea track is ace. proper tripped out journey.

Fingerman – Nice! Great to see Leon back in the ring. Gwan son! Yessmate :)

Anthony Mansfield – Feelin’ the slink of Mr. Tea!

Sean Johnston (ALFOS) – B-People! Yes, Mate!

Neil Diablo – History of the Future has some nice heavy loopy house vibes. That Benjamin eh track is well deep and tasty and Leca goes proper wonky. Good EP.

Chris Massey – Pffft! MASSIVE all over. Plenty to get stuck into here.

Pathaan – All great tracks but FIFTH MODE is the ONE !

George Summers (Midnight Riot) – It’s Leon Sweet for me but all are ace.

Gareth Sommerville (Athens of the North) – ‘History of the Future’ and ‘B-People’ are doing it for me.

Aldrin Zouk – Diggin’ Fifth Mode. Thanks!

James Rod – Cream!!!!!

Flash Atkins & Charlie Sinclair – That Hit

Flash Atkins has pulled in Charlie Sinclair, singer from one of Manchester’s hottest new bands, Sylvette for a collaboration that promises to be the start of something special. The track has already been gathering heat, with Bill Brewster calling it ‘one of his favourite house records of 2017’ and reports of it rocking ALFOS and The Warehouse Project.

The original has a throbbing sub over clipped techy drums, muted guitar and an incessant Moog riff. But the killer punch is Charlie Sinclair’s soulful, intimate vocals that sit beautifully over the music. The groove is locked and builds to the break where a hint of disco hits the floor before the final section brings in the bells to devastating effect. The end result is a track that is destined to knock socks off in the coming months. You were warned.

Sean Johnston liked it so much he asked to do a remix and the result is everything you would expect from the Hardway Brothers. He keeps the original elements but toughens things up with added oomph, taking it in a proto house and techno direction.

Finally Tal M. Klein strips the track back to it’s bare basics with devastating effect. Just a kick, the guitar and serious compression provide space for the tripped out vocal and a truly psychedelic deep house experience.

Smash it HERE

Marma Boog – Cape Cod EP

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.

Furnish your ears HERE

Flash Atkin’s Studio gets investigated in Attack Mag

“It’s like a glorified scout hut with cows right outside my window.” Ben Davis shows us around his studio in the West Yorkshire countryside.”

Fascinating behind the keyhole look at Ben’s studio – Warning Gear Porn Alert!

From Beyond – Phase Shift EP

If you want to tick the boxes for “cosmic disco-squelchy-fist pumping-house heaters” then look no further than the Phase Shift EP by From Beyond.

Love Languages features some proper ‘pow-wow-wow’style tom drums before an acid style B-line kicks in. Then there’s plenty of tickling & teasing filter action and serious builds & drops for maximum dynamics.

The title track Phase Shift goes full force Moroder from the heyday of disco and stops off at Baldelli’s Cosmic Club for a top up on the way. Late night laser reaching action guarantees a warped dance floor come home time.

Galaxy Express goes straight into orbit from the off with a hypnotic, sleazy bass before the reverb drenched stabs appear and injects some wonk into the wobble. Watch those shapes get cut!

Get it on Juno  Traxsource Beatport itunes 

Sean Johnston (ALFOS) – “Tasty ‘lil numbers here!”

Tronik Youth – “lovely ep great stuff”

Nutritious – “Fact is, if you’re out late hearing these jams you’re lit. All the wonk and wobble necessary! Will play.”

Fingerman – “Crazy! Love it :)”

Anthony Mansfield – “Get it!”

Somerville & Wilson – “Great spacey flavours! All tracks will get a play for sure. FULL support here in OZ from S&W”

 

Paper Cuts # 4

Paper Cuts Exclusives

It’s been 18 months since the last Paper Cuts ‘best of’ and in that time there have been some absolute beauties by artists new and old from all over the world.

There is the deep NZ garage of Maxx Mortimer’s Got Some Funk, choice cuts from the Project Sound compilation by Fingerman and Mr Tea plus Paper stalwarts 2 Billion Beats, Flash Atkins, Daco and Kimo.

Our 200th release was marked with Crazy P(enis) returning to the label along with Steve Cobby, our good friends in Norway represent with Vinny Villbass, Rave-enka, Leca, Diskobeistet and De Fantastiske To. DJ Spinna delivers a masterclass in remixing on the Soundersons’ Can’t Get Enough and we have our first artist from Venezuela, Vainc who goes proper deep.

Don’t forget the exclusives, a brand new track by Bachgenaur (formerly Goldboy) that is a nod back to the early days and the Vinny Villbass’ instrumental remix of Birkelunden.

PAPER CUTS # 4 ON JUNO

Soundersons – Headhunter EP

Fresh from scoring in Juno’s Best Disco of 2017 with Can’t Get Enough, the Soundersons are back with three fine cuts of proper dance music for those who know what’s what.

Headhunters kicks things off with a stripped back 80s analogue groove, driven by organ stabs and chunky drums. Things subtly build before some acid adds the weirdness and we’re locked down.

Make The Music keeps it deep but with added shake and shimmer and a solid bottom end. Vocal hooks, tuned percussion and a drum kit give it a late night beach vibe and the sun doesn’t seem too far away after all.

Finally Brazilian Summer brings the synths for a moodier track and an analogue disco not disco vibe. Latin percussion keeps things swinging and add dynamics as the bass and chords work their magic.

Fingerman – Make the Music is tasty :)

Severino Panzetta (Horse Meat Disco) – Great sound.

Get Down Edits – Very nice production on all 3, Make The Music sounds great.

James Rod – Brazilian is cream!!!

Marius Sommerfeldt (De Fantastiske To) – Great sound.

Jon Pierce / Da Wiseguy – Classy, quirky, cool. Expect nothing less from Paper.

Deep South Audio – Enjoyed the chunky deep vibes of the music .. quality thanks Paper recordings.

Trash The Wax # 5

The WAX is back to be TRASHED!

Our fifth venture into the discotheque crosses all over the globe & back again. It welcomes fresh blood to the Paper family such as Marma Boog, K-Effect, From Beyond & Kris Ramea as well as tried & tested studio wizards such as Fingerman, Rayko & Belabouche, Kooky & Damoon, Bruno Belissimo & Seven People.

Rest assured they are all packing serious heat that ranges from straight up, glitter dusted disco to heads down basement vibes. But one thing is for sure, they’re all certified winners!

Fingerman – “Glad to be a part of this! Lovely comp!”

Harri (Sub Club) – Lliking this will support and play”

Pete Herbert – Spot On

Severino Panzetta (Horse Meat Disco) – “Few great gems here”

Chris Massey – “Minus The Majors all the way for me but this is a massive release indeed!”

Billy Scurry – Still the best comps, by a country mile.. Massive amounts of heat on here Rayko, Bela, Minus, Seven, Marma, From Beyond all notable mentions.. But in fairness it’s all killer, as per! Bravo!!!”

Get Down Edits – “Nice selection of tracks right here, Fantasy Love Affair steals the show for us x”

Marius Sommerfeldt (De Fantastiske To) – “BALLS TO THE WALL ON THIS COMP !”

Da Wiseguy – “When I saw this drop into the inbox, I was excited. Lets just say it more than lived up to my expectation :)”

Phuturelabs – “So many great tracks on here. Will play these out for sure. Hard to pick a favourite”

Sean Innit – “Nice selection Will be rocking some of these this weekend Cheers Innit”

Vainc – 2000300

Hailing from Barquisimeto, Venezuela, Vainc makes his debut on Paper with two cuts from the deeper side of house.

2000300 has washes of synths set over a nagging guitar and percussion. With snatches of trumpet and vocals, it adds to a dubby tripped out house track reminiscent of Floppy Sounds and FK’s 90s productions.

‘It Smells Like Jungle’ hits a similar vein with tribal congas, tripped out FX, vocals and jungle noises. Seriously deep music for late nights and early mornings.