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Richard Seaborne – Times Are Hard

After previous releases on Paper and Paper Disco, the man who asked “Is This Acid?” (as charted by Todd Terje and featured on Tensnake’s All Gone Pete Tong comp) returns with Times Are Hard.

The original is a post neon 80’s style workout that wouldn’t sound out of place if you were driving a white Testarossa down the California freeway at night. A chopped disco loop gives way to a laid back smooth bass line with delay drenched synth stabs before the sultry vocal delivers.

Paper’s head tea boy and pasty lover Chris Massey throws all the above out of the window and drops a solid 4am whopper with the wobbliest & wonkiest off key synth and bass line this side of his home-town Bolton. It’s already had Emperor Machine asking to do an edit so handle this one with care!

Our Norwegian friends De Fantastiske To drop a mix that could be at home in the basement clubs of New York. It’s simple, jacking & slacking with hypnotic synths alongside the original’s vocal. This is heads down house music with a slight look up only to have a blast a poppers.

DJ Rocca – – “Chris Massey remix blowed my mind!”

Mugwump – “The Chris Massey remix is fucking bonkers.”

Reza Athar – “Lovely! Big fan of Richard as I told this 1000 times. Chris Massey’s mix is incredible as well!”

Jerry Bouthier – Lovely..supporting.

Pathaan – Superb!

Aldrin Zouk – “Chris Massey Remix on point. Also diggin’ the instrumental.”

Como Las Grecas Magazine – “Chris Massey remix is amazing….. De Fantastiske for the club….”

Sleazy McQueen – “What the hell?!?!”

Que Sakamoto – “i will drop Chris Massey 4am Remix@WOMB TOKYO NEXT SAT!!! Excited!!”

Neil Quigley – “The 4am mix is indeed a whopper! I’m all over this like a cheap suit.”

80s Child – “Original mix for me although every track is quality!”

Q-Burns Abstract Message – “Original mix is nice + spacious, good vocal bit. Thanks -”

Andy (Inland Knights) – “Nice…..will spin it tonight”

Danny Oliver – “Love the Chris Massey Mix…filthy”

Frank Lihaug – Wicked package.”

Wrighty (Soul Buggin) – “the De Fantastiske mix is mighty fine, can see the Buggin’ crowd getting sweaty to that”

Billy Scurry – “OOOFFF!! check out plastikmass!! destroyer! 4am or otherwise”

Cowbell Radio – “Something for everyone here…love the wobbly wonkiness of Chris Massey’s re-work, but once again I’m loving what De Fantastiske To do!”

Leon Sweet – “Yeayyaaahhh! Mr Seaborne on fine form as usual and super strong remixes. A little something for everyone me thinks. I can’t actually pick a fave, I like all in equal measures. Top marks one and all.”

Severino Panzetta (Horse Meat Disco) – “Remix is pretty cool”

Dan J – “Chris Massey mix is proper tonk! Lovely groove on the DFT remix too. Another great Paper release.”

Cesare Cera aka Black Mighty Wax – “love the ipnhotic atmosphere on “De Fantastiske To Remix”!”

Murray Richardson – “4am remix for me, looking forward to dropping this one”

Ulysses – “I like the warehouse-y sound of the 4AM mix best.

Nuno Cacho – “What a pack! Live the original, to chart it and play in my club, love the 4am mix to play at 8am in portuguese way of clubbing, and love The Fantistc one becouse it’s my style to play at 6pm. COMPLETE!”

Somerville & Wilson – “Another corking release from Paper Recordings .Chris Masseys remix is our fav although De Fantastike remix comes a close second .

Russell Deeks – “Solid nu-disco vibes on the orig but liking DFT remix best”

Richard Seaborne – The Reasons Why

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Richard Seaborne – The Reasons Why

1. Original
2. Flash Atkins Mix
3. Sleazy McQueen Mix
4. Leon Sweet’s Negative Positive Dub Mix
5. Instrumental

Richard Seaborne has been described as “ginger and hard partying”. Quite what this means to the music he makes we don’t know but it could be important at some point. The Reasons Why is his debut for Paper Recordings and has been catching the attention on Soundcloud of the likes of Bill Brewster, Cosmic Boogie and Faith’s Dave Jarvis.

The original is a low-slung slice of garage disco that could have come out of NYC in the mid-90s. It’s got nagging percussion, a super heavy kick, driving hats and wobbling sub all wrapped round a chunky sample. The deadpan vocals are a take-down of a former lover and there’s something of the drag queen scene in it’s pithy bitchiness and attitude.

Flash Atkins takes it deep and dancefloor for a heads down main room shoe shuffler. It’s tribal and hypnotic with analogue synths washing in and out while the shifting bass takes centre stage as the vocals tell their story.

Next up Sleazy McQueen brings out The Reasons Why’s disco heart with a mix that sounds like a mirror ball on a Saturday night. With a popping Orange Juice bass circa Rip It Up, synth toms, that sample and classic house piano it’s modern disco at it’s best

Another new signing Leon Sweet brings his own pitched-down bottom heavy chugging sensibility to the table. He nags the vocal in before the tech bass sets off and the track builds with congas and acid line in to a reverbed big floor head-masher

Finally, the instrumental finished things off for those allergic to vocals.

REACTIONS

Doc Martin – Viva le Paper!

Drop Out Orchestra – Flash Atkins does it again!!!

Tensnake – Nice single, my favourite is the Sleazy Mcqueen remix.

Roberto Rodriguez – Yeah this is cool. Loving the bass in the original and the remixes are ace also!

Ralph Myerz – Loving the Sleazy McQueen & Flash Atkins mixes, full support. Another superstrong quality release from Paper.

The Glimmers – Great!

Hot Toddy (Crazy P) – I like the original very much.

diskJokke – AAAACE!!!!!

Hannah Holland – Wicked release, Sleazy McQueen is the one for me.

Aeroplane – Great, thanks!

Neil Diablo – Ace release. Like the sleazy production of the leon sweet remix the best but an all round good package.

Reza Athar – Leon Sweet is one hell of a fresh new comer. Loved his first EP on Paper and his mix on this is absolutely the one for me.

Marius Våreid – Sleazy McQueen is really doing a great job on his mix here, it’s my fav track on this great EP!

Andy Baxter – Very cool and very funny.

Trent Grimes (MOS) – This has made my day! Sleazy is on fire at the moment and Flash is always on point!

Tony Nwachukwu – Heavy!

Nick Holder (DNH) – I’m digging this!

Gareth Sommerville – Hahahaha. OG, Flash Atkins and Leon Sweet mixes all vying to be my favourite. Will play loads.

Sleazy McQueen – Such a pretty and nice song, it’s the kind I want my wife to sing me.

Danielle Moore (Crazy P) – Wa ha! Great lyrics, love it. Not got past the original yet! Chosen the original mix on the basis this is where the rest of the ace mixes came from.

Stevie Sole – Solid grooves from paper again.

Cole Medina – Like the original the best, nice remixes too!

Nuno Cacho – WOW!!! What a release!!!! Love the hard kick with post-disco flavour, Flash rocks!! On my radio show for sure, the problem will be which one?

Nelson Ramalho – Original and Sleazy McQueen are my favourites. Great package and all remixes are great and it’s great that there’s the instrumental too.

Billy Scurry – Really digging all the interpretations, hard to pick a fav as all are pretty smokin’. Full support for all!!

Jerry Bouthier (Kitsune) – Lovely samples, like the original best.

Causa (Tusk Wax) – Fine package, the Leon Sweet mix is my favourite. Top chugging business!

Stuart Patterson – Original is pick of a good bunch.

Ste Hodge – Dirty low-down goodness – big love xx