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.
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
Mexico’s favourite cosmonaut is back for Paper Wave with three super deep, trippy cuts. The EP is not so much late-night as mid-afternoon two days later.
Cosmic Egg is a chunky 4/4 with a one note bass line as the atmospherics weave in and out with synths, found sounds, delays and studio trickery. Its an aural soundscape that could have be taken from the next Bladerunner as dawn breaks over a dystopian desert landscape.
Plano Existencial uses distortion and degradation to ride dubby EFZ over an analogue bass and drums. The track strips back to a beatless finish that would give The Orb a run for its money.
Finally, Zp Tpj has a hooky piano riff that hypnotises its way through a percussive groove as a Hans Zimmer lead synth line takes it in to psychedelia..
The Jedi Master himself Bill Brewster said ‘Cosmic Egg is excellent’.
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.
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
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.
Unsung hero and champion of deep Norwegian beats, the new EP from Bergen’s Leca is leftfield, wobbly and damn good.
Soft On Space harks back to the retro future of italo with space station samples and anologue synths over heavily reverbed house beats. It is the sound of optimism, found by looking up at the stars.
Den Fantastiske Fuzzn keeps things warm with a jumping keyboard, cowbell, vocal sample, disco strings, sweet leads and deep house know.
Finally Tur-Retur Venusberget takes it chug with wobbling B-lines, Rhodes, chorused toms and a jacking beat. Guaranteed to make you hurdygurdy!
Bill Brewster – Weirdly good.
Craig Bratley -Will play Soft On Space, thanks
Pete Herbert – Great lazy grooves
Billy Scurry – Excellent warmth and vibe throughout. Hard to pick a fav as all have a bit of something.. Aceness!
Mordisco – Soft On Sapce is dope!
James Rod – Full support
I-Robots – I-Robots approved!
Nutritious – WAAAAAAAAAA!!!! (This. Ep. Is. F-ing. Epic .RMX)
Robot 84 – Funky Nordic beats, oh yeh, feelin this one!!!
Fingerman – Last track is ace. Thanks guys!
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!”