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.
Not only do Norwegian disco young guns Lakeshouse make brilliant wonky music, they are also handy with a camera. Here’s their latest video as part of the Folkemusikk EP that will chase those winter blues away.
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
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.
Ben Davis hosts the latest instalment of Paper Radio with some previously unheard golden oldies, a mix from Clandestino and forthcoming releases including tracks from Trash The Wax.
So hop on board the Paper Rave Train.
1. Tumisang Pooe – I.R.S.A.N.S
2. Vainc – 2000300
3. Fever Few – Them Persians
4. Truant – Rifle Range (Live)
5. Crazy Penis – You Started Something (Instrumental Edit)
6. Daco – The Uprise (Galáctica Mix)
7. Flash Atkins & Charlie Sinclair – That Hit
8. Flash Atkins – Dark Night of The Soul
9. 2 Billion Beats – Papa (Richard Seaborne Papa’s Struggle feat. GizMo Mix)
10. Fingerman – Burnin’ Sanders
11. Kimo – Trance
12. Parkway Rhythm – The Answer (T-Kut’s Massive Dub)
13. Lauer – Hump Acid (Lexx Remix)
14. Black Spuma – No Cube
15. Les Crocodiles – La Nuit Des Tropiques (Field Of Dreams Remix)
16. Curses – Canini (Dreems Beautiful Mens Club Remix)
17. Armonics – Red Eye (Black Spuma Remix)
18. TYV – Miau! (lauer remix)
19. De Fantastiske To – Monokrom feat. OST
20. Soundersons – Make The Music
21 Marma Boog – Crazee
22. Flash Atkins – All I Want For Christmas Is You
Project Sound is the follow up to last year’s Project Fear compilation and keeps it global with the freshest house music originating from South Africa to Norway and the USA to dear old Blighty.
There are new artists to the label like Tumisang Pooe, Mark Zowie, Erik Skantze, A Band Called Oh and Mr Tea as well as more familiar names like Flash Atkins, Fingerman, Daco, Jonny Miller, Mental Overdrive, Ryan Kick, Leca, 2 Billion Beats, Kimo and Rave-enka as part of Nattmat. Tracks cover the deeper side of house but all pack punch and sealed with the Paper stamp of approval.
Buy it on JUNO and all good digital shops.
Sean Johnston (ALFOS) – Really like Kimo Trance and Zowie you know!
Mark Farina – Nice comp.
Pete Herbert – Quality tackle ..Erik Skantze and Kimo my favs.
Fingerman – Great variety on this!
Pathaan – S U P E R B !
James Rod – BIG SUPPORT!
Fernando – Couple great tracks here. Rainbows is my favourite.
Aldrin Zouk (Zouk) – Nice package! Especially diggin’ I.R.S.A.N.S, Twenty Sixteen, Nakenbad. Thanks!!
Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA
9pm plus Q & A
This fascinating film tells the story of how a group of friends in the remote cities of Bergen and Tromsø gave birth to a unique sound that went on to re-define dance music as it is known today and transform a country in the process. The generation of DJs and musicians it inspired have gone on to conquer the world. Starring Prins Thomas, Annie, Bjørn Torske, Lindstrøm, Idjut Boys and Bill Brewster amongst many others.
AFTER PARTY £8/10: 10pm – 3am
Junction House, 578 Kingsland Road, London, E8 4AH
DJs – Bjørn Torske & Mental Overdrive
The official Northern Disco Lights after-party has two of Norway’s originators playing all night long at a brand new Dalston basement venue, Junction House.
Bjørn Torske is one of the world’s most unique producers and often called the Godfather of Norwegian dance music (or more recently the Codfather) with people like Todd Terje and Prins Thomas lining up to work with him. Behind the decks he stitches together leftfield disco wonk, house, techno, psychedelia and curveballs in to a dancefloor meltdown.
Alongside is the man who can claim to have kick-started the whole scene, Mental Overdrive has also witten the sound track for Northern Disco Lights. Although best known for techno Per Martinsen can slip between genres behind the decks and in the studio and continues to get booked everywhere from LA to Berlin.
This is a rare opportunity to hear two of Norway’s groundbreaking electronic pioneers performing together all night long.
After providing big hitters on Trash The Wax 2 & 3 as well as a damn fine debut EP, Kooky & Damoon return to the Paper fold with Niki Kand on vocals to deliver three disco licked nuggets.
There She Flies is all about the low end baby; it’s got warm & wobbly bass with a few peaks & squeaks teamed up with some Nile style guitar and classic piano stabs. Use this one to set your stall out.
We Go Dancing channels some inner Shaft riffs & Stevie style chords with a bassline that hooks you in straight away. Adding the fantastic vocal makes the whole thing destined to be played on a yacht party under the Croatian moon.
Closing things off Take Me High still has bags of groove but takes the party late night. Laser toms, strings, badass bass plus a few surprises make this one sound like the cousin of a Paradise Garage escapee.
The man known to his Mum as Dave is back with another space themed EP and yet again it’s four tracks of immaculately produced tech-soul bombs. We are particularly chuffed to have Basil Clarke from legendary Manchester band Yargo delivering vocals on A Little More Volume which is a thumping guitar driven wallop of a tune that hits all the rave buttons without getting boxed in by any of them.
The live mix makes some subtle changes with drums that have a bit more groove, added synths and tweaked production but the result is the same : dancefloor devastation.
Skirting is tech-houser that wears a big acid house grin. Anchored round an acid B-line it burbles and squeaks it’s way over drums and congas that swing like Baloo going toe to toe with King Louie plus added tropicala. It will bring the sunshine to the dingiest clubs and the darkest of basements to outdoor festivals.
Finally Daco does his psychedelic prog disco thing on Saving Grace. Loose broken drums, octave jumping arps and some seriously deranged programming make this a trip to dealt with carefully but the rewards will be cosmic!
Mighty Mouse: “Love this EP, superb!”
Julian Sanza: “Saving Grace its the kind of tunes i love to play, sparse, electronic, funky/techno and rave vibes”
Vinny Villbass: “Nice nice nice!”
Sean Johnston: “Bonkers!”
Alkalino: “Raw, dirty… I like A Little More Volume Original +Live Mix are awesome! Saving Grace is also nice. thks!”
Somerville & Wilson: “Great EP from Daco! Really love the grinding indie feel of A Little More Volume. And the Cosmic Acid of Saving Grace! Both the standouts for us. Both shall be played in our sets!”
Gemini Brothers: “This is just an amazing EP! Outstanding sounds for any summer sets! Full support!”
Cosmic Capers Radio Show: “Saving Grace is quality, a trip for sure. A Little More Volume Original mix is a great piece of music, i’m really into it!”
Icelandic groove warrior B.G. Baarregaard is back on Paper Disco with an EP written after a move to the Norwegian town of Aal. Avoiding the use of samples it’s modern flipped out good time music for feet and floors wherever they may be.
AMR is modern disco with a popping NRG acid bass, funky keys, some Nile guitar and everything you need for a disco ball moment. Just when you think you’ve got it nailed the chord changes and off it goes again.
From the first bass and chords of Kulturhuset you know summer is well and truly on the way. If house music wore a grin then this would have one a mile wide. Stabbing chords, jumping drums and tuned percussion bring the sunshine.
Finally Mestringskatten is the deepest track of the package but still has that 80s synth sound. It’s in beach bar mode with plenty of twinkling and balearic sensibility ideal for sinking a Pina Colada on the Adriatic. So when you’re sat there thinking I know this this one, well this is it!
Yam Who? : “Bjorn providing the special goody bag!”
Sleazy McQueen : “My favorite Iceland-cum-Ål transplant is quite at home surrounded by icy soundscapes, bouncing, round bass and latin percussion. It’s a treat to hear him develop as an artist through the years.”
Fingerman: “Nice chuggy numbers. Kulturhuset stands out for me. First rate :)”
Get Down Edits: “Proper, This is cosmic disco at its best, top quality!”
Daco “Great EP with lots of bounce!”
ROBOT 84 : “Nice summer vibes!”
Chris Massey Music: “Mastringskattan sounding cooler than a Calippo Cucumber here….full support and will give this a few trial runs”
Cosmic Capers Radio Show : “Mestringskattens cosmic swirls gets the vote for me on this one, nice tune.”
Pete Herbert : “Love ’em”
Bad Barbie : Lovely laid back summer meanderings”
Neil Diablo : “Sexy ep! amr is my favorite”
Back for round 4 of our heavyweight punching, dancefloor crunching compilation that is is Trash The Wax.
For this edition we welcome new recruits to the Paper fold such as Ed Wizard & DDD, Mørk, Nutritious and Cuz Electric as well as regulars DJ Rocca, Pablo & Shoey, Chris Massey, Kooky & Damoon and Paper family members Daco, 2 Billion Beats & Ralph Myerz.
There’s something for everyone, from the balearic sun soaked sounds of Picotropico, Bruno Belissimo and Dagfest to late night power throwers pumped up by Ichisan & James Rod and massive disco drenched blasters courtesy of Kornum & Karma, Situation & Solid State.
We reckon this is one of our faves yet so crack it on your walkman & prepare to get well raved up.
Spain’s very own wobbly disco master James Rod makes his solo debut on Paper Disco with 3 tracks of (deep breath) cosmic-disco-funk-balearic-banger-business. Let’s just say these are primed and ready for some serious dance moves.
Cosmic Japan gets the party started and it is over seven minutes of pure sun soaked ace-ness. There’s a a bubbling NRG bass, laser stabbing synths and pads to die for so climb aboard, next stop the all night discotheque!
Next up, Double Night Straight heads straight for the bongos and 80s drum machine. Before long the pads & synths start to bounce and fizz before the thumping bass gets serious. If there’s not a strobe running while this bangs out complain to the management.
Closing off Night Stratus slows things down slightly and slips a few microdots into your Cinzano for truly hypnotic disco chugger. There’s a massive off kilter dirty bass plus a massive jug of pitched down slo-mo drug funk to get lost in.
Ron Basjam (Crazy P) – “Jolly good”
Fingerman – “Solid Italo business from James. Excellente!”
Billy Scurry – “OOOFFF!!! Yep, these’ll most definitely do! In the words of Rodney Trotter… “Cos Mick!””
Severino Panzetta (Horse Meat Disco) – “YES the first 2 are BIG”
Get Down Edits – “Very Nice, Lovely Space Disco vibe to all 3 jams x”
Anthony Mansfield – “Fun for the whole dancefloor!”
Chris Massey – “Its finally here!!! Cosmic Japan & Double Night are big winners”
80s Child – “The Rodmeister always delivers!”
It’s been a long time coming but 2 Billion Beats’ debut album is ready to pop and here’s the second EP to be taken from it.
Revolutions struts its way onto the dance floor for a track that is deep, solid and aimed squarely between the eyes. It features some heavy cosmic squelches & squeaks before an arp hits to shift things up a gear to the setting marked ‘heavy”. This will take you to the stars & back whilst stopping off in the basements for a top up.
Warm Feeling is a melting pot of jacking-disco-jazz tinged house music with the silky vocals of Dieter that perfectly partners up with the soaring pads, busty Rhodes & firecracker percussion. It delivers a surefire selection for all the party jocks.
Norway’s Magnus International steps in fresh from one of the albums of the year on Prins Thomas’ Full Pupp . He takes Revolutions and straddles techno and house for a mix that is pure peak time heads down tackle for tougher floors.
Finally Italy’s DJ Steevo goes full on dance floor nu-disco shaker for his mix of Warm Feeling. He takes the B-line in to an NRG direction, thumps the drums and lets the Rhodes do it’s work whilst using synths and delayed vocals to give the track dynamics.
Justin Robertson: “Top stuff on the Magnus remix”
Mugwump: “Loving the original of Revolutions”
Sean Johnston/Hardway Bros: “DJ Steevo doing the biz!”
Discodromo: “Great! love the Magnus International remix”
Alkalino: “Revolutions original and Magnus International Remix are the ones for me, thks!”
DJ Rocca: “Really like it, especially the Magnus International remix”
Fingerman: “Great stuff! Loving the remixes too! Roll on the LP :)”
Reza Attar: “Love the DJ Steevo mix!”
DJ Paulette: “Revolutions – Hot Since 82 must surely be peeing his pants over this one! Warm Feeling is a curve ball – wonky synth disco.
Revolutions – is a loopfest for dark corners and the DJ Steevo remix is a slo-mo disco banger!”
Duncan Gray: “Wow, loving that Magnus remix of Revolutions. nice one. thanks!”
Ed Mahon (Cowbbell Radio) : “Revolutions is a sure fire winner, big hit on dancefloors! Loving the DJ Steevo remix of Warm Feeling too, excellent stuff! Welcome back”
Noway keep coming up with producers who offer something fresh and exciting in a world where rave by numbers is often the norm. The next one to look out for is De Fantastiske To’s Rave-enka who mixes up techno, house and disco into a unique arctic stew as this EP perfectly demonstrates.
Rett I Kroppen is an epic disco-tech number purpose built from the ground up for maximum dance floor damage. It’s all about the release and build of the horn and string heavy sample for a track that can cross genres and comes off like a Paperclip People for 2016.
Honningen is just perfect house music; using the raw ingredients of a groove that swings and sample it demonstrates why the best ideas are often the simplest. Add in an arp, some filtering, a dash of Detroit plus dynamics and you have something that sounds like a Scandinavian Moodymann track.
Rett I Fletta brings in a 90s Strictly vibe but keeps things stripped back. Garage drums and analogue bass drive it along before cutting to a pure NYC synth stab for a Sound Factory Bar kind of joint.
Finally, the man who can, Richard Seaborne takes Honningen and beefs things up. With added vocal samples there is no way this can miss and he takes it back to a similar place as his Todd Terje and Tensnake rocking Is This Acid? Expect similar results.
Rave-enka is busy in his bunker recording us an album so expect more block rockers in 2016.
Mark Farina – “Dig these”
Justin Robertson – Great release”
Sleazy McQueen – “Too far gone, Norway back”
Harri (Sub CLub) – “Liking a few of these, full support”
Tronik Youth – “Ret I Kroppen for me great stuff”
Fingerman – “Like the main track but Richard’s remix is next level gear!”
Tim “Love” Lee – “Really digging Honningen!”
Get Down Edits – “Strong 4 track EP right here, looking forward to testing all 4.”
Aldrin Zouk – “Richard Seaborne Remix on point! Also diggin’ Rett I Kroppen.”
Ali Herron (OOFT!) – “Digging the Richard Seaborne remix :)”
Billy Scurry – “Ticks all the boxes, in all the right ways!! so much YES!”
Pablo Contraband – “This is fantastic – Reyy I Kroppen for me Rich’s remix is tasty too – flashback to Bizarre Inc!”
Neil Diablo – “WALLOP! Rett I Kroppen is my pick but this is a great EP.”
Murray Richardson – “Brilliant stuff loving this and perfect for Rebel Waltz in London this Saturday…Rett Kroppen is the one”
Keith Dalton (Groovement Soul) – “WOW, love this. Proper dancefloor bangers. Every track has the perfect amount of Disco vibes with that techy or rave edge. Heaven.”
Bad Barbie (Kane FM) – “Seaborne. That is all.”
Death on the Balcony – “Liking Honnigen top stuff!”
Leon Sweet – “I’m a big fan of Ravi’s work and this doesn’t disappoint. Quailty tackle and diggin Mr Seaborne’s cheeky little remix too. Rett I Kroppen is pick of the
bunch for me.”
Marius Sommerfeldt (De Fantastiske To) – “Rett I Kroppen gir deg en varmende pause og passer perfekt Ã¥ ha med i sekken eller vesken, enten man er pÃ¥ tur eller i hverdagen.”