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Joe has been releasing music on some of the best UK labels of the moment including EDSC and Is It Balearic? and now the man from Clandestino is back with the follow up to his last EP just in time for summer. Tropical Highway follows the same format with one deep house houser and two gorgeous balearic nodders.
“Always” leads the pack and is aimed at that 3am moment when you’re parked in front of the speaker and living for the moment. Crisp reverbed percussion and a shuffling sub lay the foundations for keys that look towards Detroit. An old school sample helps build the track with strings and pads until the drop is reached and not a moment too soon, that kind of intensity can only be kept up for so long! Then it’s back down to the business of getting stuck in.
“Elysium” has a side chained chorused pad, gentle percussive keys, strings, a trippy vocal sample and the only thing missing is the sound of the lapping sea. It weaves it’s hypnotic magic as the synths and pads play counter melodies off each other sounding like a lost 90s Cafe Del Mar classic which is no bad thing in our book!
“Fireflies” carries on the same tip with filtered pads that are heavy on atmosphere as the bass moves around them. A stabby synth pushes the track along as the drums build and drop with the keys giving it that balearic hook.
So when you’re watching the sun go down and enjoying the perfect Ibiza / Croatia / Thailand / Yorkshire (delete where appropriate) moment , the Tropical Highway EP will be the soundtrack!
DJ Rocca – Nice bass driven deep house.
Rocky (X-Press 2) – Elysium and Fireflies are the ones.
Murray Richardson – Love this, love Paper!
Will Tramp – Great EP. Loving the package! Well done Joe
80s Child – Always is the track that will be getting the most plays from me great stuff :)
Russell Deeks – Always for me here but liking the other two as well
Nuno Cacho – I love the balearic ones… This is so good and fresh for my summer!
Que Sakamoto – Thank u!!I will play a lots Always.luvly!!
Dan J – Really into ‘always’. lovely track!
Ulysses – Nice stuff. Reminds me a little of mellower Pagan releases.
Ed Bigland – Elysium our favourite, balance is just right on this one.
Marius Vareid (Full Pupp) – Elysium is perfect summer business!
Pathaan – Love it!
DJ Tomas – Real strong sense of chords and synths on these tracks in the fine tradition of Guidance or Prescription Records, good company to be in!
Ed Mahon (Cowbell Radio) – Lovely sun-drenched beats all over the EP. Elysium will be soundtracking my sunsets all Summer, the best Balearic track I’ve heard this year so far!
2 Billion Beats – Really liking the vibes on this- good beach or late night lose yourself in your own head vibes. The feeling reminds me a bit of AFX -selected ambient werks…
Feodor AllRight – Fireflies is lovely
Billy Scurry – Excellent! really digging Always, hit me like Don Carlos..Alone did many years ago…Awesome!! top class EP!! now wheres that beach?!?
Somerville & Wilson – Nice deep house vibes.Always is our favourite.
Aldrin Zouk – Elysium is a nice summertime tune.
Neil Diablo – Elysium is the one for me. lush summery Adriatic vibes…
Groovement Soul – WOW I just love Elysium and Fireflies. This EP is a slice of blissed out heaven. Will be playing Elysium all summer.
Andy Wilson (Ibiza Sonica) – Nice vibes for daytime ibiza on Elysium and Fireflies , will play on the radio and the beach
Mutant Disco Radio Show – Lovely release. All 3 tracks are magic.
Ralph Myerz – Really like Keep Schtum´s stuff, all tracks are super, but diggin Do Ya Love A LOT!
Moodymanc – nice vibes… version 1 and do ya love feeling nice here thanks!
Billy Scurry – Solid as fuck house music,will def be on my playlist for quite some time!!
Will TRAMP! – Love it. Great release!
Sommerville & Wilson – Nice deep house infused tracks.Solid release from Paper Disco. Full support from Somerville & Wilson
Severino (Horse Meat Disco) – real change vers 1 is fab!
Jim Stanton (Jorse Meat Disco) – Splendid vers 1 is for me :)
Sleazy McQueen – Totally cool, Summertime vibes captured!
Pablo Contraband – Do Ya Love is the one for me – nice solid track for the heads
Dan Wainwright – Real Change version 2 is my kinda tackle! Will give it a dancefloor test next week to a bunch of Stokies… know they’re gonna dig it x
Wrighty (Soul Buggin) – I’m loving Real Change, Version 1 for the clubs and Version 2 for the bar sets
2 Billion Beats are back and blow me if they don’t just keep getting better. Instantly recognizable from their crisp arps, 80s synths and deceptively subtle arrangements the boys from the 80s are gathering steam nicely for their forthcoming album on Paper.
First up All Over Exposure has side chained pads, twinkling Rhodes, trippy sax, and synths weaving melodies as the track ebbs and flows for maximum dynamics. It builds steadily, gently drawing you in and before you know it you’re ‘tatas deep!
Kubrick’s Jive keeps the 80s thread going with its sounds and a shuddering chorused bass that builds to a punchy riff. It really takes off after the break with a nagging other-worldy sample, increasingly driven NRG bass and acid giving it some edge.
Finally Apollo saves the best till last by dropping the BPMs but upping the grunt . A guitar riff starts proceedings as the disco squelching bass come in, followed by a pitched vocal and sampled bass guitar combo. The 303 finishes things off nicely and its mission complete if dancefloor mayhem was the objective.
Sean Johnson (ALFOS) – A cheeky selection.
Doc L Jnr – This is a really good piece of work.
Sleazy McQueen – Digging the spaced out vibes!
Max Pask – 3 good tracks, Apollo 303 is my fave will play.
Billy Scurry – Apollo 303…WOW! and then some.. top vibe!
Pathaan – Awesome acidic vibes!
Murray Richardson – 3 quality tunes here, diggin them all but All Over Exposure is the one I like most ;) … Happy Birthday Paper!
Nick Holder (DNH) – This is Fire!
Danny Oliver – Excellent stuff…..Love it!
Phuturelabs – Love Apollo 303!
Da Sunlounge – Nice release guys!
Bottin’ – Nice
This Is Why We Dance – Very solid nu-disco vibes.
Matt Brown (Sancho Panza) – Nice EP, Loving All Over Exposure, really liking Kubrick’s Jive as well, will play both of these out.
Wrighty (Soul Buggin’) – All Over Exposure = Roof Top Terrace, definitely a summer tune
Leon Sweet – Solid! You always know these boys are going to deliver. Quality production, vibes and grooves a plenty. I’m loving all 3 tracks and my fave Apollo 303, everything I want in a tune is right there. Top marks fellas and can’t wait for the album.
Nathan Detroit – Nice deep vibes.
Neil Scott (El Diablos Social Club) – Diggin thgis shiz guys.
Black Mighty Wax – Gotta good feeling from All Over Exposure and Apollo 303 is magic!
Deep South Audio – Sick tight and very infectious… love the 2BB crew and when on Paper they are sure as hell in the DJ sets!
Mutant Disco Radio Show – Apollo 303 is great.
Makossa – Apollo 303 sounds great.
Dan J – Apollo 303 is sonic! Sleazy as shit.
Craig Woodrow – All Over Exposure is my pick!
Juergen Drimal – Nice spaced out tunes, support on that!
Nikša Dragolin – Very happy finally to get on this label, very fresh and catchy tracks….Kubrick’s Jive is perfect for what i need now…will play..thanks a lot
Richard Seaborne – Wicked stuff….All Over Exposure is truly brill!
Marius Våreid – Apollo 303 here we go!
Ed Mahon (Cowbell Radio) – Another strong release from 2BB, Apollo 303 has been happily tried and tested, works every time…pure filth! Looking forward to the album!
Mixes are like buses, you wait for one for an hour after a heavy night with your can of Red Stripe getting warm when three arrive at once. So we are with with a Rune Lindbaek set from the legendary Klub Kebbab in 2013, Flash Atkins mixing up deep house and disco to perfection and Research getting their electro boogie on.
After releasing music on both El Diablos Social Club and Red Laser Records, Chris Massey has gone for the Manchester record label hat trick and lands at Paper Recordings with two tracks of solid dancefloor business.
Driven Crazy takes the party underground and gives us a heads down workout with growling bassline and snappy 808 sounds before a big piano breakdown demands your respect…murky, mucky house music at its finest.
Next up Nectar Love drops the BPMs then rolls out a stomping bass & cosmic synth stabs to create a hypnotic discotheque experience that starts off subtle before building to a big hands in the air drop. If you need a “transition” tune then this is the one to reach for.
Remix support comes from two of Paper’s finest. Leon Sweet turns in the goods for Nectar Love with a jacked up take that sticks close to the source material whilst cranking up the dirt.
2 Billion Beats get to work on Driven Crazy and completely flip the script, going in deep and dropping a dark destroyer that reeks of late night in a basement. Dress appropriately.
This is all really nice! I dig it. Leon, did you blame it on the sunshine?!
Severino (Horse Meat Disco)
VERY GOOD! Love the groove and ba$$$
AMAZING STUFF INDEED!!!
Get Down Edits
Whoo…excellent stuff right, really digging this whole release but esp digging Nectar Love.
Neil Scott (El Diablos Social Club)
Chris Massey? Chris Massive more like! driven crazy is ace. no surprise that theres a big chugga fucker in there too on nectar love. Leon Sweet mix is awesome too. Good ep.
Great stuff as ever from Paper…love the original of Driven Crazy and Leon Sweet’s mix of Nectar Love….Tunes!
Ed Mahon (Cowbell Radio)
Another strong EP all-round with something for everyone. Driven Crazy original is the winner for us, good subtle use of some classic samples…great stuff!
This is real gem! Brilliant! Well done to Chris and the boys!
Richard Hardcastle (Solid State)
Solid tracks, really like A1 . but Leon’s remix gets the nod for me. Like the Love Honey sample (definitely due a revival!) and the lush production . Ace.
Deep South Audio
Such a sweet collection of tunes.
Wallop! What a top banana that Mr Massey is, corking debut EP on Paper and a pleasure to be involved. My vote goes to 2BB’s remix, smashin’.
Wrighty (Soul Buggin)
All about 2 Billion Beats mix for me.
I struggled to choose a fave mix as they are all really cool, but the 2 billion beats one probably suits my dancefloor…wicked release all round.
Mutant Disco Radio Show
Both remixes for me. Addictive. Love originals too.
Great stuff as ever from Paper…love the original of Driven Crazy and Leon Sweet’s mix of Nectar Love….Tunes!
Loving 2 billion beats and leon sweet remixes. quality.
Just want to get up and dance!!!
Fuck yes!!!!!!! this is killer!
Leon Sweet nailed it again!
Black Mighty Wax
Loving 2 Billion Beats and Leon Sweet remixes. Quality.
Tasty! Diggin’ Nectar Love & the 2 remixes.
Paper’s output has often lurked on the fringes of disco and now seemed as good a time as any to jump in with both feet, goggles and snorkel.
“Trash The Wax Vol. 1” hits the digital racks on April 3 featuring 16 original low slung, wigged out and floor heavy cuts from the great, the good, the tapped and the untapped.
Released on Paper Disco (a sub label of Paper Recordings) it follows hot on the heels of the 80s sugar rush that was Proviant Audio’s “Drift Days & Disco Nights” which found its way in to the boxes of Tensnake, Soul Clap, Horsemeat Disco and Danny Krivit as well as garnering a Norwegian Emmy nomination for the best album of 2013.
Artists on Volume 1 range from young 80s bucks like 2 Billion Beats who are pretenders to Crazy P’s crown, Manchester’s City Life DJ of the 2013 and Wet Play resident Ste Spandex, Paper’s ginger underground house assassin Richard Seaborne and Italian duo Gran Turismo.
More seasoned support comes from veterans like bootleg king Keep Schtum, Brighton’s builder of heavy grooves Fingerman, Australia’s disco vigilante Late Nite Tuff Guy and Manchester’s best kept secret Daco. And that’s just the ones we mentioned!
Running from sleazy late night jams to 80s synth and NRG to classic cut-ups, if this album didn’t make you want to go out and jump off a podium it’s time to get your hearing checked!
Trash The Wax Vol. 1
1. Neil Diablo – Give It Up
2. 2 Billion Beats feat, Mariette Smith – See Us Through
3. Late Nite Tuff Guy – I’ve Been Thinkin’ Bout You
4. Richard Seaborne – Is This Acid?
5. Keep Schtum – Holding On
6. Chris Massey – Howard’s Hardware
7. Pablo & Shoey – Raw Human Emotion
8. Rubberlips feat. Jess Smethhurst – Inspiration
9. Gran Turismo – The Peach
10. Fingerman – Feel The Groove
11. Ste Spandex – Into Myself
12. Mezman – Dead Line
13. Check The Guns – Slave To Me
14. Daco – Something For The Weekend
15. Research – Shape The System (Bassjam Mix)
16. Leon Sweet – So Hot
Tom Psychemagik – A dope selection…lots of fun in here!
Danny Krivit – Cool!
Kelvin Andrews – So good! Proper NY dub version vibes. Killer!
Sleazy McQueen – G%# D@MN these are SOLID!
DJ Rocca – Fantastic stuff, straight in my next DJ set!
Drop Out Orchestra – Beautiful collection – love em all.
Billy Scurry – Absolutely loving the vibe and mixture of styles on this. As a collection of new artists its second to none and shows Paper Music’s commitment to pushing new vibes and styles. Big ups Paper and its artists!!
Trent Grimes (MOS Aus) – Probably the most comprehensively sick promo i have ever received in 20 years of djing!”
Lewis Dene – Some real gems here – love the retro goodness.
Get Down Edits – Excellent
Wrighty (Soul Buggin’) – “Blimey there’s some killers on there, gonna burn them all to CD for in car listening as well as playing loads of them out. Tough to pick just one stand out track as Leon Sweet, Neil Diablo, Keep Schtum, Pabb & Shoey and Daco have all grabbed me by the disco knackers on first listen. More of this
Nathan Detroit – Nuff goodness here.. Neil and Chris tracks work best for me.
2 Billion Beats – Pablo & Shoey: 1977-tastic!
Phat Phil Cooper – Massive selections… Loving Big Neils chugger… Full support.
Severino Panzetta (HMD) – Lots of tracks ..some really cool.
Neil Schtumm – Ace compilation – some great tracks on here! Is This Acid? in particular is straight in the box for this weekend. Thanks!
Nutritious – Oh my lawd it’s Christmas in the Spring! This release is amazing. Must have!
Dan Wilcox – Love this…
Dan J – Amazing! Daco’s Something For The Weekend is mega!
Bootsy – A superbly diverse selection on here. Something for the souldiscoboogiehouseitaloedit fans. Daco’s “Something For The Weekend” is a stand out for
Reza Athar – Research got the FUNK!
Spring is on the way and because that makes our hearts sing we are giving away a favourite from the back catalogue. Step forward new York City by Dealers Choice.
J.Cub & Lil’ Mark have teamed up for three cuts of deep house that sound like they were made specifically for our Paper. Those who know the catalogue will hear flavours of Kenny Hawkes, Head Nodding Society and Dirty Jesus.
J.Cub is man about Leeds town and club owner as well as being one of the people behind Baker Street Records before leaving to concentrate on Eclectic Avenue Records. Lil’ Mark has been releasing records on labels Classic, MFF and Greenkeepers and been championed by jocks like Derrick Carter.
No Time is a shuffling groove with a grinding bassline, subtle sample and minimal keys. That is all the best house music needs and this sucks you in to its hypnotic grasp.
Next up Dark Days has a techier feel with a more straight up swing and digi bass that is layered up with an effected marimba and EFX. Again its all about sticking with the groove as it draws you in but things are keep interesting with the pad that filters in and out along with tripped out vocals
The Dark Dub strips things back even further for trippy house business!
Soul Clap – Classy for dat ass-y. Truly house music!
Ron Basejam (Crazy P) – No time works every time.
Moodymanc – Stellar stuff from two of the best smelling men in modern house music.
Krysko – Liking the Dark Dub, will get some early doors airing for sure.
Andy Baxter – Lovely deep chilled biz.
Oliver $ – Nice paper!!!
Harri (Sub Club) – Nice work fellas!
Black Mighty Wax – Diggin’ Dark Days… simple, but very effective groove.
Chris Massey – Nice darkroom vibes on a solid houser! Full support!
Christophe (Futureboogie) – Diggin’ this.
Death on the Balcony – Feelin’ the grooves here! Great musical partnership producing the goods!
Max Pask – Dark Days is the one for me.thanks.
Ben Cox – Sexy, hypnotic house. Can’t wait to give this an airing in the Oz sunshine next weekend!!
Murray Richardson – Nice deep shenanigans, into both trax but dark days original is my fav.
Benoit C – No Time for me!
Nathan Detroit – Boomty boooooomp.
Severino Panzetta (Horsemeat Disco) – DARK DAYS is cute.
Marius Våreid – Dark Days (OG ) is my fav here, will definitely take it for a spin!