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Flash Atkins – The Life and Times

Label boss Ben Davis has pulled on tights and cape once again to launch his debut LP for Paper “The Life and Times of Flash Atkins” and it’s a belter. The first singe “Levenshulme Orphanage For Boys” had love from types such as Francois Kervorkian, Peter Kruder and Ivan Smagghe as well as glowing reviews in Mixmag and DJ Mag and the long-player has more of the same.

The tracks cover an array of musical styles from house to disco, chug funk to bass, bangers and afro rhythms to 80s influenced cosmic beats. As well as dynamic production and a keen sense of groove, the whole album is based on a short story of the life of Flash that will be published as a comic at the same time. The track and chapter titles are one and the same to provide a sensory listening experience that tells a tale reflecting the mood of the story as well as blowing up dance floors with its sonic superpowers.

Says Flash of his creation. “I wanted to create an album that drew inspiration from my 20 years making music and DJing. You can hear classic disco (‘Saved By The Fall’), post dubstep (‘Forbidden Flesh’), Dirtybird (‘Summer Of Love’), Theo Parrish (‘Drug Empire’), Afro (‘Squatting’), Nu Disco (‘Badger From The North’), 90s US deep house (‘The Wilderness’), ALFOS (‘Levenshulme Orphanage For Boys’), Todd Terje (‘Acid House Creator’) and Metro Area / Balearica (‘A New Kind of Superhero’)”.

There will also be a smartphone game, limited edition Flash Atkins beer called “Hops For Heroes”, full colour printed comic and remix album later in the year featuring The Emperor Machine, Steve Cobby, The Revenge, Ralph Myerz, Rune Lindbaek, Sleazy McQueen and B.G. Baarregaard amongst others.
Hugely ambitious and creative in so many ways, this album is already looking like one of the highlights of the year.

Laurent Garnier – “Great compilation – Drug empire is brilliant”

Ivan Smagghe – “Plenty in there for me for sure”

The Revenge – “Lots of great stuff on here, really digging The Wilderness”

Steve Cobby – “Really digging this!”

Ray Mang – “Great work!”

The Emperor Machine – “Love it!”

Bonar Bradberry (PBR Streetgang) – “Some great sounds on this .. look forward to giving it deeper listen”

Bill Brewster – “Yeah there’s some very god stuff on here”

Sean Johnston (A Love From Outer Space) – ‘Size of a dog is very good!’

Sleazy McQueen – “Excellent”

Hot Toddy (Crazy P)– “I love the vibe of Drug Empire…DOPE!”

Sean Johnston (ALFOS) – “Size of a Dog is very good!”

Horse Meat Disco – “YES great vibe here!”

Doc L Junior – “Dirty as it should be and crazy like a true super hero.”

Rune Lindbaek – “Ace!”

Fingerman – “Sounding very tasty! Some real gems on here :)”

Billy Scurry – “Feels like I’ve played one of these every set for the past 20 years!! Hot stuff indeedy Mr
Flash!!”

2 Billion Beats – “Top notch production throughout Flash, hard to pick a winner!”

Joe Morris (Clandestino) – “Great stuff here, very high quality LP and something for everyone. Congratulations
Flash! I’m plumping for ‘A New Kind of Superhero’ as my fave, love the downtempo vibe on that but will defo try ‘Drug Empire’ out for the dance floors”

Robot 84 – Secrets EP

e’ve not been using the C word for a while round these parts but that’s not to say we’ve gone off it. This knockout 3 track EP from Paper newcomer Robot 84 has rekindled the love of all things CHUG.

Secrets gets things rolling and is driven along by an arp bassline whilst spaced out percussion hits spin & sparkle alongside reverb drenched pads & strings that look to the stars.

If Secrets is the journey then Automatic lands you slap bang in the middle of the dance floor with a straight up, heads down house vibe. Imagine underground Manchester crossed with Baldelli’s Cosmic Club and you’re headed in the right direction.

Ego is a darker affair than its predecessors and more tuned for the 4am crowd. No messing house music, it trucks & thunders along with stubby brass sections coming in here & there, all topped off with spaced out delays & reverb to make it a worthy addition to this interstellar EP.

Support from:

Leftside Wobble – The Italo bump and grind of ‘Secrets’ is working it’s magic on me.

Tronik Youth – “Love this EP!”

Neil Diablo (El Diablo’s Social Club):
“good ep. love ego!”

Billy Scurry (Electric Elephant):
“OOOOFFFF!! That’s just made the weekend a bit better!! Top vibes all round”

Joe Morris (Clandestino):
“Top gear from Scott as always. Secrets my fave, will be playing. Full support!”

80’s Child:
“Robot 84 killin it! Secrets gets the stand out for me on this! ELECTRO GREATNESS!!! Good job :)”

Ben Pistor (Disco Bloodbath):
“Enjoying this! Just found in my junk mail! On it.”

Ed Mahon (Cowbell Radio):
“Loving the return of the chug! Secrets is my pick, but loving Automatic too”

Mezman – Le Deepend

We’re getting prepped & ready to leave the cold Winter nights behind us with these two cuts from Mezman.

Le Deepend filters into action as soon as you press play and much like its partner on this EP it’s got a warm & throbbing low end in spades. A simple loop is used to great effect with a subtle & cleverly used Aretha vocal to give it that little bit of extra disco dust.

Heatwave gets into action right from the off with a slap bass thats packs enough wobble to make Larry Graham proud. It’s classic jacked out disco percussion cracks in all the right places before we’re treated to a hell of a breakdown that builds before dropping right back in to the good stuff.

Both tracks are certified killers and pack a shallop when they’ve been dropping at Paper parties.

Chez Damier:
“I SIMPLY THINK ITS HOT! I would play both mixes”

Oliver $:
“Nice one will play it!”

Harri (Sub Club):
“Can use heatwave for sure!”

Jim Baron (Crazy P/Ron Basejam):
“staright in at the Deepend!”

Severino (Horse Meat Disco):
“YES PLEASE this is AWESOME!!!”

Stuart Knight (Toolroom):
“LE DEEPEND is the one for me”

Sleazy McQueen:
“Packs a whallop!”

Chris Massey:
“This is without a doubt absolute massive stuff! Solid disco licked house workout vibes that’ll sound boss on a big rig.”

Fingerman:
“Fantastic tracky disco gear. Both will get a rinsing :)”

Leon Sweet:
“Quality jams… i’m a Mezman fan. Just in time for Oslo too. All over it :)”

Somerville & Wilson:
“Great release on Paper Disco. Loving the loopy vibes of Heatwave. Support from Somerville & Wilson”

Badbarbie Beats (Kane Fm & Cruise FM):
“Good Time Vibes, Perky little groover x”

Wrighty (Soul Buggin’):
“funky as it comes, loving both these two”

Will TRAMP!:
“Great EP. Will be playing both tracks for sure”

Get Down Edits:
“Totally up our street :)”

80’s Child:
“Le Deepend rocking it and will get the most plays from me, great suff :)”

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Paper Radio – WInter ’15

The latest Paper Radio has interviews with Emperor Machine and Magnus International & Blackbelt Anderson as well as a mix from the first lady of disco Sophie Lloyd. Add the latest and greatest from the label plus what’s coming up and a classic from the vaults.

1. Rave-enka – Påfuglen
2. Mezman – Heatwave
3. Weedyman – BMBJ (Radio Edit Jam)

THE EMPEROR MACHINE INTERVIEW

4. Brioski – Radio Anatomy [Emperor Machine Stretched Version]
5. Flash Atkins – Levenshulme Orphanage for Boys (Doc L Junior’s Flashing Thunder Dub)
6. Solaris Heights – Solarism (Off The Beaten Track Mix)
7. The Funk District – Don’t Stop

SOPHIE LLOYD MIX

8. Pete Herbert & Dicky Trisco: Aperol Sunset (Disco Devience)
9. Aroop Roy: A Gira (Gamm)
10. Imagination: Music & Lights (Sleazy McQueen remix) Midnight Riot
11. Dr Packer: Hypnotising (Hot Digits)
12. M: Machistator (Delabel)
13 Sophie Lloyd: Womanly Tattoo (Paper Recs)
14. Ralph Myerz presents REC – Dirty Diva feat. Nomi Ruiz

MAGNUS INTERNATIONAL & BLACKBELT ANDERSON INTERVIEW

15. Annie – The Greatest Hit
16. Robot 84 – Automatic
17. Diskobeistet – Gammal Morro
18. B.G. Baarregaard – Partysvenskenes Dans

B.G.Baarregaard – Partysvenskenes Dans EP

Paper’s Scandinavian connection continues with this release from one of Oslo’s finest residents. Although hailing from Reykjavik, B.G Baarregaard now resides in in Norway’s capital and its influence is clearly stamped all over this brilliant EP.

Partysvenskenes Dans has the kind of warm ‘n wobbly happenings that we’ve come to know and love from the scandi disco output. Plenty of resonance & space with a hint of Inspector Norse mean this treads on the right side of camp & kitsch whilst managing to pack enough of a stomp to ensure it blows up a dance floor.

(Got Me) Runnin’ jumps on a plane and heads straight to the late 80’s / early 90’s Manchester club scene. Big piano stabs and a classic vocal make it a real late night jacked out affair with everything here from the glory years of clubbing.

Konur Go Karlar seems to take on board both its predecessors to deliver a cut that is drenched in cosmicness as well as a nod to classic UK house. Simple, down the middle & hooky there’s enough going on to please those that favour discos and late night dancing dens.

Sleazy McQueen – “BG’s work is marked by some of the finest production quality in the modern disco scene. Partysvenskenes Dans sounds like BG’s been drinking the Norwegian-Disco kool-aid!”

Nutritious – “Undeniably fantastical.”

Ruben & Ra – “Nice’n’disco!”

Chris Coco – “Cool and a lot of fun at the same time, is that possible?”

Julian Sanza – “Loving this release! cheers!”

Phat Phil Cooper – “Full support on these bad boys…”

Stuart Knight (Toolroom) – “Runnin’ is the one for me , spot on chaps !!!”

Tunnel FM – “Stunning EP, like them all.. absolutely support, Thanks !”

Severino Panzetta (Horse Meat Disco) – “Yes i like Got Me Runnin'”

Ulysses – “I’m digging the funky Moog-filled disco vibe”

80’s Child – “You simply can not touch BG and combined with Paper Disco is awesome! every track is killer on this EP but my favourite is Got Me Runnin’ Great stuff kids!!!”

Billy Scurry – “Was really digging party.. then got me Runnin’ hit me! OOFF!”

Get Down Edits – “Killer release guys”

Neil Scott – “Got some nice scando-med Todd Terje type vibes to this. Me likey!”

Ed Mahon (Cowbell Radio) – “More neat Nordic noise from Paper boys! All tracks will work…Runnin’ has already been added to the “keep the girls happy” folder!!”

Danny Oliver – “Konur Og Karlar is my favourite here….classy slice of disco meets house. This is right up my street!”

2 Billion Beats – “Very rarely does a new record find it’s way into the bag these days. This EP just did!”

De Fantastise To – “Amazing EP from MR Iceman! Got Me Runnin is my fave!”

Somerville & Wilson – “Bouncy poolside house done well Somerville & Wilson”

Diskobeistet – Birkelunden EP

Paper’s hook up with Norway continues to pay dividends with new artists who seem to knock it out the park with each release.

The latest is People Love Music’s Diskobeistet who tick all the boxes for grasping the sound of Paper’s heritage on a 4 track EP release for lovers of straight up “proper” house.

Birkelunden teams up tribally beats and smoking Rhodes with a Norwegian gentlemen’s vocal that we’re told is about going to the park, having a smoke and jumping up and down on a bouncy castle. So now you know.

The remix comes from another of our Norwegian friends, De Fantastiske To’s Ravi who gives it a bit of old school grit and jack before the bleepy bloppy style breakdown opens it up for the darkest dance floors. Is it techno? Is it house? Who cares!

Gammal Morro goes late night with a lazy hazy, sunset drenched vibe hooked around a Rhodes and nagging riff. Drive with the top down on this one and sport a pair of sockless espadrilles while you’re at it.

Nattergal is classic Paper all over, live sounding drums with snaps and claps in all the right places alongside a low slung bass line & chika chika guitar. Never straying far from the path, this is house for those that like it simple, straight forward and solid.

Support in from selectors:

Ralph Myerz:
“Great stuff that will work wonders both in the land of Oz and Ibiza! Love all traxx, full support!!!!!”

Chris Coco:
“lovely vibes. contemplative but still groovy, how we like our dance music. Great for the Melodica radio show”

High Soul Society:
“all over ‘Natterga’ a groovy little number that’ll be getting plenty of action at the HSS parties. Thanks You :)”

Somerville & Wilson:
“Smooth and slick release for those cocktail moments , Fav track is the Birkelunden Remix”

Bottin:
“sounds great!”

Pete Herbert:
“Superb!!! loving them all!”

Leon Sweet:
“Woah… this is strong. Feeeeelin it. Very close call but it’s Nattergal for me. More!”

Dean Sunshine Smith (Garden Festival):
“Reminds me of early paper those damn Norwegians styles. Gammal Morro for me”

Billy Scurry:
“Vibes!! Great tracks and rmxs! looking forward to getting it on a system”

80’s Child:
“As always a quality e.p from Paper Recordings! Gamma Morro takes centre stage for me looking forward to playing this at the weekend :)”

Dom Servini (Wah Wah 45s):
“Loving the solid disco originals, esp Nattergal”

DJ Rocca:
“very nice electro-nu disco stuff”

Leftside Wobble :
“The Nordic connection just keeps on giving…”

B.G. Baarregaard:
“Living next to it, I can confirm that these are Birkelunden approved!”

Chris Massey:
“Absolutely massive! Gammal Morro is the biggie for me here but to be fair I would drop all of them. Great work!”

Wrighty (Soul Buggin”)
“Cracking EP, looking forward to playing all the tracks out, buggered if I can choose a favourite though as I love them all equally.”

Trash The Wax Launch Party

Paper Rec 212 party

Paper Disco are dusting themselves off to launch Trash The Wax # 2, a compilation of all things boogie related at Leeds’ finest venue The 212 Café & Bar.

We’re talking megaballs system, rotary mixer, a bar serving booze and a whole heaping of the good stuff from Flash Atkins Fan Page Richard Seaborne and JCub Kelly.

Cancel the dinner party, book a baby / dog / catsitter, dust off your rave goggles and prepare to get busy.

FACEBOOK EVENT

Proviant Audio on MTV Iggy’s ‘One’s to Export’!!!

Proviant.Audio.3-Copyright.Jan.Tore.Eriksen

Proviant Audio starts with digital creations by Tønsberg, Norway-based producer Mathias Stubø. Even if it stopped there, Drift Days & Disco Nights would still be more fun than just about most nu-disco records. But the party is taken to the next level by Stubø’s eight-piece band, who flesh out cut-and-paste glam tunes with horns, keys, and the funkiest bass riffs of the 1970s. (Who needs robot helmets, right?)

The topics are light, lighter, and lightest — namely love in all its permutations. But the band’s pop hooks aim for the head with the force of a few Harvey Wallbangers. From the Auto-Tuned anthem to infatuation (“How Does it Feel?”), to the hip-hop infused tune “It’s Back,” Proviant Audio is seriously playful music that takes itself about as seriously as a Saturday Night Fever swagger. And the listeners are all the better for it.

Check this article out on MTV Iggy

Ralph Myerz – Situation Stable EP – Mixmag Review

He looks a bit unstable if you ask us!

RM

Paper Recordings – 20 Years in the Mix

Paper Recordings – 20 Years in the Mix

We kicked off Paper in 1994 with PAP001 Salt City Orchestra’s The Book and are now up to PAPDLS175. In the meantime there have been sub labels (Repap / We Are Woodville / Def Drive / Paper Disco), club nights (Robodisco / Paper parties / Trash The ….) foreign tours (New Zealand / Japan / Portugal, Australia), lifelong friendships forged, marriages, deaths and births. During all that, except for a break from 2003 – 2009 when we went away and re-grouped we’ve been putting out music that we love the whole time.

Dance music has changed massively from those early naive wide-eyed DIY days when everything was “house” or “techno” in to the global phenomenon it is today with hundreds of splintered sub-genres. When we started we were the new thing and hip in places we had barely even heard of but now are inevitably part of the establishment and a long way from the cutting edge. But with a new generation of artists we are hopefully still releasing relevant quality dance music with the recognizable Paper sound.

On doing the mix I chose to cover only the singles and do so in chronological order by year (which can be followed in the comments). This means that some mixes are more successful than others (!) but gives a taste of how Paper has developed. There are some glaring omissions of tracks and artists that were hugely important to the label (Problem Kids / Pa Pa Washington Trio / Reset) but with 39 hours and 53 minutes of music to choose from it’s inevitable that some favourite moments were missed. Maybe I’ll try and get them on the 25 years anniversary mix!

Anyway, we’re very proud of what Paper has done and will continue doing what we do so thanks for helping us along!

Ben Davis

The whole Paper catalogue is available digitally on all good online stores.
Here it is on Juno

A recent article and interview with The Ransom Note on our 20th Birthday.

1. Salt City Orchestra – The Book (Epilogue Reprise)
2. Paper Music Issue One – Downtime
3. Dirty Jesus – Cut The Rug (Da Floor Mix)
4. Those Norwegian – Hurdy Gurdy
5. Crazy Penis – Summer Bummer
6. Essa – 2 With A Star (Road To Damascus Mix)
7. Dirty Jesus – Don’t Fuck With My Shit
8. Streetlife Original – Lara’s Theme
9. Kenny Hawkes – Sleaze Walking
10. Stryker – Can’t Stop
11. Head Nodding Society – Nudge Up
12. Crazy Penis – Do It Good (Tom Middleton’s Cosmos Mix)
13. Harlem Zip Code – I Feel Music
14. DJ Tvyks & Håkan Lidbo- Version 1
15. Keyboy – Viva Blue (Ralph Myerz 5am Eternal Mix)
16. Daco – Aquarium
17. Flash Atkins – Make Your Move (Atjazz Mix)
18. 2 Billion Beats – The Moodymann
19. Research – Day By Day (Psychemagik Mix)
20. Neil Diablo – Let’s Get It On
21. Flash Atkins – Freak Club
22. Richard Seaborne – I Know You Love Me
23. 2 Billion Beats – Noise In Your Eye
24. Leon Sweet – Show You (Dean ‘Sunshine’ Smith Mix)
25. Kit Tacchini – New York Steak Of Mind
26. Joe Morris – Always
27. Ralph Myerz & The Kosmik Diamondz – Lett Sommarmat

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