25 Years of Paper Press and Reactions

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

‘Their forward thinking attitude blends with a charisma and aptitude’The Quietus

’10 Hidden gems’Le Visiteur Online

DJ REACTIONS BELOW

FRED EVERYTHING
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.

MANUEL TUR
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!

RIPPERTON
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!

DETROIT SWINDLE
This is a must have collection right here.

DJ ROCCA
WOW! What a collection of Wonderfull tracks!! Paper recordings is a MUST….super proud to have released on that label me too

ASHLEY BEEDLE
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!

DANNY KRIVIT
Only had a couple of these from back in the day, but love the ones I didn’t know,

BILL BREWSTER
Lots of good stuff here though there are others I would’ve preferred to see too. Hard call to make with that label.

JAMES TIEJ
What a collection! Been a massive fan for years, nice to have a compilation like this! Too many amazing cuts to single out!

LEO MAS
What an amazing compilation. Happy Anniversary Paper Recordings.

LEE FOSS
I’d love to get involved with this.

MELON
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!

HECTOR ROMERO
Amazing!! I was a huge Paper fan!! Thank you!! Happy Anniversary Paper!!

JON CUTLER
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.

HIFI SEAN
Paper gems here ….how can you not love this all in a handy package.

KELVIN ANDREWS
Too many killers to pick a favourite (or even two!) A fitting tribute for a Northern Powerhouse of a label. Fantastic release!

BILLY SCURRY
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!

EDDIE C
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.

HARVEY SUTHERLAND
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?

Ben Davis talks to IDJ Magazine

Ben Davis talked to IDJ Magazine to go through all things Paper; covering the label’s history, the compilation albums, running a label in digital times, the good old days and a whole load of other stuff.

Click on the picture for the full article.

 

Music Video #1 “Are You Sure Joe?” by Cine City (circa 1996)

This was a film shot on Saddleworth moor around 1995/96 by Andrew Gough on Super 8 – rough and ready. Soundtracks is ace – our first music video – eeeeek

Soundersons Go Italo

We grew up in Bologna, one hour’s drive from Rimini which was the capital of dance music in the late 80s and 90s. The vibe was amazing; music, parties and fashion people from all over the world looking for inspiration. We didn’t know that other places weren’t the same, but we were on par with London, New York, you name it! It was second nature for us.
Italo Disco and Italo House represented us; the attitude, the happy feeling, the over the top Italian pride, the typical Italian way of doing something good with minimum resources. We used to drive to Riccione on Saturdays and as soon as you got off the highway there was a parking lot where DJs from all over Europe would exchange and sell records, a bit of a real life discogs. You’d drive home, put the needle on and get inspired. The people who did this are funky, we groove a little bit more than others because we breathed that music.
A lot of those Italo records where recorded at Fonoprint by Celso Valli and Maurizo Biancani. The studio was in the centre of town and you’d meet them at 4 in the bar round the corner. We listened to their stories and if you where lucky you could have a preview in the car. We weren’t that lucky, but we were there!

Get the Soundersons new 12″ Respect The Funk on Bandcamp and in all good record shops.

Here are our top Italo records.

Alexander Robtnik – Problemes D’Amour

Gaz Nevada – I.C. Love Affair

2AKano – Can’t Hold You Back

Jimmy Ross – First True Love Affair

Tullio De Piscopo – Stop Bajon

Daco vs Quincy Jones – Free Download

The mighty Daco has taken Quincy Jones to the workshop and reworked him in to a smocking track of big band fire that has been mastered for you to have and to hold.
Keep the peace, it’s getting rocky out there!

 

Rachel Johns – Special Edition Stubb 12″

Rachel Johns’ describes how she created the artwork for the record sleeve:

“Listening to the Stubb track I was inspired to draw the images for the record sleeve. My process is to draw with a stick & ink on textured paper to create a final drawing.
The next part was a collaboration with Amy Mellis & The Egg Factory as Amy designed the colourful labels for the records. We then went on to screen print the two images on either side of the card sleeve here at The Egg Factory.
For a very special limited edition of 20 I made screen printed fabric sleeves using the main image & free machine stitched into the background of each one with red thread. I often stitch into the background of my original drawings as I love the unexpected quality of drawing with a sewing machine onto paper- I thought it would make a special edition to actually stitch onto the fabric sleeves!”

Buy it in the Paper Shop

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‘Love Not Sex’ by Stubb – Teaser Video

The brand new single from Stubb is out in mid-October with mixes from Mori Ra and Leca Lecara.
Get your pre-sale HERE

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

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!

The Egg Factory

 

Ahead of Ben Davis’ Stubb 12″ we interviewed the people behind the artwork and design.

Can you tell us what The Egg Factory is all about?
The Egg Factory is a co-working space in an old egg packing plant in Hebden Bridge for creatives to create, learn and collaborate. We’ve got desks, screen printing and product photography equipment that our members can use by the day or by the month, loads of Yorkshire tea and all the chat. We do screen printing for local businesses and creatives and we sometimes have a fun event to break up the grey Yorkshire days! Today we’ve got a music journalist, a food charity worker, a novelist and someone who puts the hair into wax-work heads all using our desks.

When did you set it up and why?
The Egg Factory opened in February 2015 after much scraping of floors, gallons of white paint and many hours plotting and dreaming!
Our four founding members Amy, Katch Sue and Rachel came together as a co-operative after three years of curating pop-up shops, putting on interactive events in Hebden Bridge and enjoying being together. We wanted to work on our own creative businesses (Amy is a draw-er/printer/maker, Katch makes beautiful ceramics, Sue sews quilts and Rachel is a fine, fine artist) at the same time as doing stuff as our little collective so we looked for a space to share. When we couldn’t find anything quite right we decided to move into a massive industrial unit and share our space and resources with other people.

And where would you like it to go?
Our aim is to build a sustainable business which supports the running of the space. We want to see The Egg Factory grow as a platform for creativity, collaboration and innovation, a space where our co-workers can continue to collaborate and thrive. And of course we’re always looking for new projects and collaborations for our portfolio of unusual and weird screen printing work – the more the merrier!

How did you go about designing and making the records?
Amy – I love typography so when Ben asked me to come up with some ideas for the Stubb sticker I drew about a million different versions. I draw with a fine felt tip and then scan in my drawings and faff with them in Photoshop. I wanted the sticker to be colourful and fun, like the record.


Rachel: “I spent time in my studio listening to each track on repeat and sketching ideas as they came to me. I felt really inspired by the music so the ideas flowed naturally and freely. I found the tracks very distinctive and each one seemed to suggest a very different story or idea, which helped to form the images. It was a new way for me to work but one that I found really enjoyable.”

Amy – We did a bit of fettling on the computer to make the drawings the right size. I screen printed Rachel’s drawings onto the kraft card sleeves and we used gold foil for the limited edition fabric sleeves. We sewed and finished them here at The Egg – we love a bit of stitch action!

Can you tell us about your art in general Rachel?
Rachel: “I draw with a stick and ink and sewing machine to create characters and creatures which are often expressing my thoughts, desires, relationships or the energy of a moment. I also have a fascination with mythology and mythical creatures often make an appearance in my work. I love the freedom of working with the stick and ink and every mark I make becomes part of the final drawing. The ink I use is quite thick and my paper is slightly textured, this means that the quality of my line often has a slightly rough and raw quality which I think fits well with my expressive drawings. My favourite thing is to have a new series of drawings to work on- the larger the scale the better!

Where can people find you if they want some of your Egg Factory magic?
We’re on Victoria Road in Hebden Bridge, not too far from the station. The kettle’s always on and there’s usually biscuits so it’s always worth popping in for a look. There’s more info about us and what we do here. We’ve got some live screen printing events coming up in the summer and you can see Rachel with her stick in her hand at Hebden Bridge Open Studios in July.