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2 Billion Beats live at Al Fresco Festival

2 Billion Beats rocked Alfresco in Blackpool one sunny day in summer 2013 in support of their Noise In Your Eye single on Paper. They also tell us how the track came together.

 

Thanks to:

Simon King – Camera Work

Alice Shaw – Editing / VFX

Dom Shields – Sound

 

2 Billion Beats – Noise In Your Eye / Full Moon Boogie

Here is the first EP in a double header to mark Paper’s 150th single release.

2 Billion Beats’ Tom and Col have been sat in their studio wearing Day-Glo and high tops waiting for the invention of the hoverboard to no avail. So to kill time they cranked up their collection of 80s synths, set to work and came up with a couple of tracks that could soundtrack Summer 2013.

Noise In Your Eye is a BIG floor disco track that plugs an LCD Soundsystem shaped hole. So much so that it was played by James Murphy at The Warehouse Project this Christmas. The mystery is, nobody knew how he got hold of it but a wayward licensing CD is thought to be the culprit!

Heavy 4/4 beats and a locked down bass start things off before the piano is intro-ed, followed by strings and the sample weaving it’s way in and out. With synth noodlings, the track keeps building before it breaks for the chord change and all sorts of mayhem breaks out.

Full Moon Boogie is on a similar tip of 80s inspired disco and it’s all about the piano at the end. A stuttering synth bass and nagging top line build tension until 2/3rds through when it drops to a piano that’s been nicked from the middle of The Hacienda’s dancefloor at 1.30am on a Saturday night in 1993.

Ralph Myerz – REALLY digging Noise In Your Eye. I’m a huge fan of 2 Billion Beats but really feel that they have taken their stuff to the next level with this release. Full support from me for a looooong time!

The Glimmers – Love it!

Tensnake – Both tracks deliver, nice disco jams

Eric Duncan – Really FUN!! Will play both.

Hot Toddy (Crazy P) – Noise in Your Ear pushes all the right Nu Disco buttons!

Dave Jarvis (Faith) – Oh yes! Ready for the Garden Festival Croatia 2013 Faith boat action!!!!!! Bring it on!]

Drop Out Orchestra – Great groover.

The Dead Rose Music Company – Boogie goodness!!!

Aeroplane – Cool release!

Rocky (X-Press 2) – Nice! Noise In Your Eye is my fave.

Will Tramp (Homoelectric) – Fantastic EP! Love both tracks.

Sleazy McQueen – I’m totally into Noises in my Eye!

Cowbell Radio – Two of the best tunes of 2013, no doubt, both have been massive on Cowbell. Noise in your Eye just gets the nod, but Full Moon Boogie is a proper ‘break glass in case of emergency’ dance-floor filler! Amazing work fellas!

Severino Panzetta (Horsemeat Disco) – Pretty cool.

Ryan Cavanagh – Nice release, love both.

Daniel Solar – Noise in your Eye for me.

Wrighty (Soul Buggin) – Noise In Your Eye has got Soul Buggin’ written all over it, nice work.

Mugwump – Great piano boogie biz.

Get Down Edits – Excellent Release, Full Moon Boogie is gonna be the dancefloors friend for sure.

Joe Morris (Clandestino) – These are massive! Got electric elephant written all over them, which as luck would have it Im playing at so Ill defo give them an airing chaps

Stuart Knight (Toolroom) – Whos nicked my lino!!! This shit makes me want to do a back spin…Full Moon Boogie is the one for me…more quality from the PAPER crew …Nice

Paper Radio 7 – Summer ’13 – Electric Elephant Special

The new Paper Radio is an Electric Elephant Special with interviews from A Love From Outer Space’s Sean Johnston and the festival’s very own Chris Massey who picks three classic EE tunes.

We are also hitting our 150th single release so have a mix of the deep stuff from label favourite, Viking disconaut Rune Linadbaek to mark the occasion.

There’s the chance to win one of five Papercuts # 1 CDs, music new and old plus idle chit chat from Flash Atkins alter-ego Ben Davis and 2 Billion Beats’ Tom Lonsborough.

TRACKLISTING

2 Billion Beats – Noise In Your Eye
Rune Lindbaek – Junta Jaeger
Proviant Audio – Once I Thought (Chris Massey Mix)

CHRIS MASSEY INTERVIEW

Ajello – Crystal Babe
Francis & The Lights – ETC
Delorean – Seasun (John Talabot Mix)
Flash Atkins & Havana Candy – Calieo Square

RUNE LINDBAEK MIX

Syntax Erik – Jah Jah Kings Lions (Primetime Intermission Dub)
Syntax Erik – I Can Feel You Breathe
Marco Dassi – Amigdala
Eamon Harkin – Electric Light (Brendon Moeller Dub)
Jeremy Glenn – Partytime (Night Dub)
DJ Nibc – The Doorman (Shakarchi Straneus Mix)
Maetrik – The Poem (Original Mix)
Rune Lindbæk feat Charlotte Thorstvedt & Øyvind Blikstad – Awkward (Arno Gonzalez Mix)

Leon Sweet – Show You (Ron Basejam Mix)

SEAN JOHNSTON INTERVIEW

Hardway Brothers – A/B Musique
Lonely Boy – Shut Your Mouth
Crazy Penis – You Started Something

Flash Atkins – Collaborations # 1

Flash Atkins, hero to some but a waste of taxpayers money to most. But between drinking, smoking, drugging and drinking again he has found time to get in the studio with some fellow producers from the Paper stable.

He goes head to head with young bucks and 80s house merchants 2 Billion Beats in a tribute to legendary guitarist, Wilco Johnson. Starting with a sampled Dr Feelgood bass it builds up with acid tweeks and arps before a digital pad takes it to the drop. It’s then that the NRG takes off in a 70s pub rock / Giorgio Moroder / house hybrid.

Next up Flash enlists Hebden Bridge local hero, DJ and promoter CP (known to his Mum as Chris Price). It kicks off with a group of men singing on their way to work that was recorded by Flash in Malawi (true story). For the track they have enlisted the cream of Yorkshire’s musicians with live keys, trumpet, percussion and bass for a soulful afro house sound. When the pads come in the second half it takes off!

The dub keeps the bones of the track but adds electronics for an arpeggiated deep house mix with enough grunt to satisfy the most heads down floors. It ebbs and flows as synths and reverbs filter in and out and a piano give it a techno hook.

Finally Flash hooks up with Havana Candy (who has recently been seen on Tusk Wax as Causa) for Calieo Square. This is a deeper and dreamier affair that sounds like the Wamdue Kids in their heyday. Shimmering percussion, synth washes, analogue keys and arps weave a deep house soundscape for heads and feet alike.

Rune Lindbaek – Looooving this Malawi, my favourite tune of the moment!

Tensnake – Quality jams , perfect for summer disco parties!

Nathan Detroit – PUMPERZ! Love Wilco!

Sleazy McQueen – I’m totally feeling the break vibe and transition on Wilco!

Q-Burns Abstract Message – Solid all the way around. “Wilco” is my pick of a very strong bunch. Thanks!

Leftside Wobble – Malawi Chant on board the Africa Express for me.

Marius Våreid (Full Pupp) – All these are top tunes, proper aceness!

Nick Holder (DNH) – Calieo Square is FIRE!

Dave Jarvis (Faith) – Excellent allround welldone !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dom Servini (Wah Wah 45) – Malawi Chant for me.. deepness!!

Daniel Solar – Wilco is sick! I’m already sure i will play it loads! Thanks

DJ Rocca (Ajello) – Great stuff! Malawi Chant Dub and the amazing balearic Calieo Square are my favourites

Bottin’ – Nice EP

Jacob (Eclectic Avenue Records) – Best EP, I’ve heard in a while this. Hard to pick my favourite but if I had to it would be Malawi Chant, but all will get played by me.

Harri (Sub Club) – Nice work mate….liking these

Cosmo Vitelli – Wilco and the Malawi tracks are great.
Solid EP, will play it

Justin Harris (Freaks) – Great EP – niiice ;)

Aldrin Zouk – Good package. Calieo Square on point.

This Is Why We Dance – Off the wall stuff here…

Wrighty (Soul Buggin’) – Great EP, gonna be playing all of the tracks on here. Malawi Chant edges it for me, so damn funky

Jamie L – Deep valley vibes, nice work lads.

Nelson Ramalho (The Weekend Warm Up) – Fantastic loving all three tracks! Calieo is floaty, Wilco is bouncy and Malawi Chant is groovy (go for the dub for a more clubby sound). A nice combo and a strong EP.

Bobby Beige – Excellent stuff,really like all three tracks the kind of house music i like,interesting and deep

Andrew Clarke – Great EP but especially liking the afro vibes of Malawi Chant. Lovely stuff!!

Black Mighty Wax – Yes!! Wilco And Calieo Square will fit perfectly my dj sets. Peace!

Death on the Balcony – Wilco & Calieo Square are the ones!

Tunnel FM – Outstanding EP… “Wilco”, “Malawi Chant (Dub)” & “Calieo Square” stand out for me… absolutely support.

The Lovely Jonjo – Really loving the build of Wilco when that Morodory second drop comes in. Super

Frank Lihaug – Fantastic ep – The Wilco track is sick…

Nuno Cacho – Wilco is a genius track! Malawi Is really a fusion between New Orleans, Angola and Phily’s 90 House? Brilliant! Ok on the Dub put a little beat more of Spirituals… Calieo Square, is so refreshing… Reminds me the after hours on boat at the Douro River playing the Paper’s vinyl promos on the 90’s.

Murray Richardson – I like the malawi chant so i do so i do

2 Billion Beats – Mega City One

2 Billion Beats mix their love of the 80s, house music, disco, handlebar moustaches and side chaining in to a sound that references the past but puts it firmly in the phuture. With recent releases on 3am Records and getting love from DJs like Pete Herbert, Crazy P, Toby Tobias and Psychemagik they are one of the next generation of producers spinning house on it’s head.

For Mega City One they have gone deep and widescreen. With a sparkly riff that a rock solid bass nails down, the track introduces some Rhodes before building to the break. Then comes the acid and it’s a trip for the head and feet as the tracks ebbs and flows with the atmosphere and dance floor dynamics set to 10.

Next up, the King of Norway Ralph Myerz suitably steps up to the plate, being 2 Billion Beats’ favourite ever producer. Keeping it deep but with a lighter mood, he goes for a Balearic disco vibe and hits a bullseye! Vocoders, NRG bass, crisp production and the original riff give it a classic Paper house sound.

Joe Morris goes more nu-disco with analogue bass and acid, sax and stabbing synths that lock things down before the piano chords. When they come in it’s that dance floor moment you go looking for.

Finally Flash Atkins heads in the opposite direction with a mix that’s deep and moody. Over broken beats, it weaves it’s way through a soundscape of arpeggiated synths, live bass, delayed guitars and percussion to the break where it drops to nothing but a messed up gospel vocal. Then the track elements are re-introduced before strings finish things off nicely.

REACTIONS

Bill Brewster (DJ History) – Original is very oddball but kinda cool. Reminds me a bit of those proggy early 90s UK house records.

Bonar Bradberry – Joe Morris mix lovely and deep!

Severino Panzetta (Horsemeat Disco) – The original is super nice.

Shane Jackson (Fish Go Deep) – Like the original mix a lot. A rock solid groove with big, bold, confident melodies. Looking forward to playing.

Roberto Rodriguez – Oh yes! Really nice release! The mixes are cool but i think i will go for the original.

Mighty Mouse – Love the Ralph Myers remix.

Andy Ash – Love the original!

Pete Herbert – Superb EP.

Q-Burns Abstract Message – Original is nice, but it’s the somewhat melancholic Flash Atkins mix for me. Lovely.

Lewis Dene – Damn sexy music!

Benoit C – Coooooooooool ep

Craig Woodrow – Great! Strong stuff!

Havana Candy – Original mix for me. Top house music. Good work fellas

Greg Fenton (DMC) – Flash Atkins version works best for me.

Murray Richardson – Nice mixes all round here, Joe’s mix is lovely but Lord Flash pants lifts the trophy for me.

Nutritious – Impeccable!

Stuart Patterson – What a lovely record.. now just which to pick uuuuummmmm

Danielle Moore (Crazy P) – Very good release-nice optins on the mixes. Uplifting chords and all very playable-maybe the Flash Atkins is not a dancefloor option but its mood and progression makes it fave.

Cowbell Radio – Cracking stuff as always. Very hard to pick a favourite but I’m a sucker for strings and we don’t hear enough of them nowadays, so the Flash remix tips the scales for me!

Paper Radio 4 – Autumn ’12

Here’s the Autumnal edition of the Paper Radio show presented Ben Davis.

There’s new music on the label from Terry Farley’s new project Farley Silvester, Jamie L, Flash Atkins, 2 Billion Beats as well as old nuggets and other tracks new and old doing it for Paper.

Plus and interview with Bonar Bradberry and a feature on the Vinyl vs. Digital debate with opinions from Piccadilly Records’ Phillippa Jarman, Juno’s James Vorres, Juniper’s Dan Mumberson and Kelvin Andrews.

PAPER CUTS # 1 PREVIEW

PAPER RECORDINGS MIXMAG PARTY

2 Billion Beats & Flash Atkins hit Mixmag

Do the London Thing

2 BILLION BEATS IDJ REVIEW

The final review for Paper Recordings in the now defunct IDJ Magazine.

2 Billion Beats Review

2 BILLION BEATS – MUSICA ALFRESCO

2 Billion Beats – Musica Alfresco EP by Paper Recordings

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2 Billion Beats – Musica Alfresco EP

1 The Moodymann
2 Secret Sub Disco
3 Lunar

Here is the debut EP from Manchester producers Tom Lonsborough and Col Hamilton, known as 2 Billion Beats with the Musics Alfresco EP.
Things kick things off with the uptempo ‘The Moodymann’, a funk fuelled cut of bottom heavy laden disco house. Retro synth bass with an acidic twist, rolling house rhythms and keys create a melodic yet dancefloor orientated vibe and a slightly old school feel.
Next up, ‘Secret Sub Disco’ journeys into more laid back disco territory with layers of melody washing over bubbling bass and relaxed rhythms to create a decidedly chilled vibe with some added in some acidic arpeggiated lines.
Finally IS ‘Lunar’, a deep and delightful slice of balaeric tinged house built around bass stabs, breaks and a rolling Rhodes key loop.

Bonar Bradberry : Sub disco is the one!
Craig Smith (6th Borough Project) : Can see this working well in the clubs, The Moodyman and Secret Sub Disco are my faves.
Charles Webster : Secret Sub Disco is my fave here.
Scope : This is fucking serious!!
Aldrin Zouk : Fab package! Secret Sub Disco being my fav cut.
Leftside Wobble : Most definitely feeling both Secret Sub Disco & Lunar
Q Burns : Lovely! All 3 tracks do the business
Jim Stanton (Horsemeat Disco) : The Moodymann & Lunar hit it! Yes going to play this tonight.
Justin Robertson : The Moodymann is mega!
Billy Scurry : Solid release, from peak time dance floor to afterhours beach parties.
Rocky (X-Press 2) : Nice groovy deepness, Lunar my fave.
Murray Richardson : The Moodymann makes me want to dance a lot!
Claudio Coccoluto : Secret Sub Disco for me.
Mic Newman : Nice deep package, Secret Sub Disco and Lunar are my favs.
James Teej (Rekids) : Diggin all three cuts, Lunar is amazing.
Chicken Lips : Secret Sub Disco is alreet by me!
Ryan Cananagh (Wolf + Lamb) : Wow, very nice release. Will definitely play all of these!