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Skrangle House

Paper’s association with Norway runs deep; from first signings Those Norwegians it has continued to flourish through to today with the label’s Paper Vision making a documentary called “Northern Disco Lights : The Rise & Rise of Norwegian Dance Music” due out in 2016.

So we thought it was time we pulled together some of the catalogue for a compilation.

“Skrangle” means leftfield or wonky and is a sound that the Norwegians have invented and claimed as their own. Rune Lindbaek fits the bill perfectly and his Junta Jaega is psychedelic disco at it’s best. He was also part responsible for Those Norwegians whose Da King Da Mazda was an anthem in Oslo’s seminal Skansen club and sounds as freshly unhinged now as it did back in the day.

Ralph Myerz has been a cornerstone of the scene since the early Tellé Records days and his Acid 4 Eddie is 14 minutes of deep bubbling house that had types like Osunlade, Laurent Garnier, Soul Clap and The Emperor Machine giving it the big one.

The sound has been passed on to a younger generation to producers like The Treatment, Diskobeistet, Rave-enka and Proviant Audio who’s out the box pop shouldn’t work but does in spades. Latest in line has been De Fantasiske To whose take on classic US garage comes with an arctic twist and they are looking like they have the legs to go all the way.

Add in a classic from from Keyboy, a remix from electronic pioneer Prins Thomas and exclusives from Nordic legend Kahuun, Rave-enka and Proviant Audio and you get a compilation that showcases the best of the country’s world influencing, genre-busting dance music.

Paper Radio 3 – JULY 2012

Paper Recordings, home of all things deep house and disco is back with it’s 2 hour radio show. It’s got Paper music new and old, interviews with Al Kent, Yam Who? and Cottam plus a mix by Havana Candy all stitched together by head honcho Ben Davis.

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1. Proviant Audio – Hey, Let’s Do It! (Jay Shepherd Unreleased Instrumental)
2. The Treatment – One Less Day

Al Kent Interview

3. Universal Robot Band – Dico Boogie Woman
4. Research – Day By Day (Psychemagik Mix)
5. K-Scope – Humanism
7. Jesse Bru – Brain To Mouth

Cottam Interview

8. Jamie L – In The Burg (Cottam Mix)
9. Havana Candy – Last Train
10. Rune Lindbaek – Sin Zen
11. Problem Kids – Meandering Benders
12. Lup Ino – Funsick (Neil Diablo Luv Dub Edit)
13. Bedmo Disco – Illusion

HAVANA CANDY MIX
13 – Story – Diva Dub – Story Recs
14- Ejeca – Pushed – Tusk Wax
15 – Havana Candy – Tera – Paper Recordings
16. Pollyn – Sometimes You Just Know (Moodymann Rmx) – Music! Music Group
17. Tego Calderon – Corillo de los Trangalanga (Jose Marquez Rmx) – Basic Fingers
18. Havana Candy – Alji – CDR
19. Trevino – Backtracking – The Nothing Special Recs

Yam Who? Interview

 

“PAPER GEMS’ LEFTSIDE WOBBLE DJ MIX

 

“Paper Music are currently riding high in the album charts with their Paper Cuts #1 compilation, a collection of their finest moments from the last five years or so. As some of you may know I provided the sleeve notes for the CD version of Paper Cut’s and in support of the release I thought it would be cool to go through my Paper Music collection and dig out a selection of my personal favourites from the first 10 years of the label (1993 – 2003). All the tracks in the mix can be purchased from Juno or from Paper directly and I’ve also included a link to the Paper Cuts compilation – just in case you haven’t already bought it. :)

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PAPER CUTS # 1 PREVIEW

THE TREATMENT – ON & ON – MIXMAG

The Treatment Mixmag Review

THE TREATMENT’S TOP NORWEGIAN CLUBS

Brukbar / Supa, Trondheim
Legendary bar with a legendary basement, Brukbar is the bar and Supa is the club with strictly good vibes represented on a Funktion One soundsystem.

Cafe Contra Bar, Bergen
Managed by Frank Lihaug, this place always seems to have great music, great people and a friendly atmosphere. People get down to all sorts of disco madness that starts off easy and ends up crazy.

Fugazi, Oslo
Really nice backyard boogie where the music varies but its usually a great experience. Last I checked it out, Toomy Disco was playing some dope tunes.

Turkish Delight, Oslo
Sort of a hidden gem in Oslo. I had the pleasure of kicking it there listening to a way out set by Erik Fra Bergen and hadn’t heard that much great boogie and funk madness in a while. I highly recommend this head for the headnodders. Such a delight!

A Sound of Norway Launch

A Sound of Norway launch tonight at Cafe Krystall with Ralph Myerz, Eddie Da Bass, Carina & Ciscoe (The Treatment)……Details HERE

A Sound of Norway EP1

[soundcloud width=”100%” height=”81″ params=”secret_url=false” url=”http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/6202980?secret_token=s-bpJdq”] Ralph Myerz – My Dream Queen – A Sound of Norway EP1 by paperecordings

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Paper Recordings has a long standing connection with Norway’s musical output, dating back to the label’s release of the seminal ‘Kaminsky Park’ by Those Norwegians in 1997. The label helped create a template for the Norwegian sound with its off-kilter beats, organic soul and giddy electronics and from the ashes of Those Norwegians rose Torbjorn Buntland who went on to form Royksopp and leftfield pioneer Rune Lindbæk who released ‘Sondag’ on our sister label Repap.

The series will draw on the best electronic music to showcase the modern Norwegian disco sound, featuring brand new tracks by established and up-and-coming producers. The first EP kicks off with this three tracker from Ralph Myerz, KeyBoy and Ciscoe accompanied by specially commissioned artwork by illustrator Joe Lobley.

The EP opens with Ralph Myerz ‘My Dream Queen’, a superb slice of slo-mo disco tinged house with warm melodies and ethereal vocals that go to show why Myerz has been such an important musical influence over the last decade.

Next up KeyBoy deliver ‘OYB’, a follow up to their hugely popular ‘Viva Blue’ from last year. It’s an intense techno / disco fusion which marries deep soulful melodies with tough analogue sounds providing a brilliant cut that is perfect tackle for soundsystems and home listening alike.

Finally we have newcomer Ciscoe (The Treatment) who turns in a lower tempo slab of 80’s influenced electronics cum disco. Beautifully arranged and bristling with an edgy soul this is a great piece of music and perfect closing opus to this wonderful package.

Buy it HERE

What the press and DJs are saying:

Chris Duckenfield – Worth it for Ciscoe alone, Claudja Barry loopage always handy.

Erol Alkan – Like My Dream Queen

Aldrin Zouk (Zouk) – Lovely EP! Especially loving the laid back grooving My Dream Queen and Elevators.

Phat Phil Cooper – Elevators is lovely… nice and trippy…

Roberto Rodriguez (Compost / Freerange) – Super cool tracks. Love all of them, sounds like Norway!

Mathew Krysko (Warehouse Project) – Cisco – BLAM! Great cover of Secret Agent Man… love it!

Ben Bleet (Howling Monkey) – Elevators is cool

Stuart Knight (Toolroom) – Cool E.P on the lefter side of central ..OYB standout for me.

Jonathan Moore (Leftside) – Loving all the tracks but OYB just edges it for peak time action. All three will be getting major support though.

24:hrs Soundsystem DJs – Paper is slowly getting my attention more and more. This new release is a pleasant surprise from fellow country Norway. Like Ralplh Myerz dreamy pop meets dancefloor track.

Jonny Miller (Jus’ Listen) – Really like the vibe on OYB, proper mid set deepness…

Frank Lihaug (Norway) – Fresh out of Bergen, Norway. Love all tracks, OYB is the winner for me though.

Chris Coco – Mmmm dreamy.

Patski Love – Heia Norge! Heia Ralphen!

Craig Woodrow – Nice EP!!!

Emma Warren (NME) – I love this EP, particularly Dream Queen which just sounds great. Am going to see if I can play on my NME Radio show.

Stefano (Disco Outcasts) – My Dream Queen & Elevators are lovely. Full support.

Karoshi – This is real quality. Proper autumnal music, Elevators is especially lush. Bit of Royksopp in there, but still doing it’s own thing. Slo mo disco – this is the next thing. Gimme more fellas!

Kahuun – Tight and swinging release folks!

Martin Brew (J-Walk) – Elevators is very, very awesome – will be rockin’ this shizzle!

Ralph Myerz – What an amazing EP!!! INCREDIBLY talented people! They also seem like a very nice and cool and smart and handsome gang too.

Gareth Sommerville (Ultragroove) – ‘OYB ‘for the club, ‘My Dream Queen for the bar. Elevators for the sunny beach I wish I was on right now.

Seth Troxler – i like Elevators and My Dream Queen…. love it actually!

James Teej (Rekids) – Another dope dose of solid music, the Keyboy track is illll… Diggin’ the Ciscoe track too.

Freak N Chic – Interesting mid tempo music & paper is back ..as usual nice funky stuffff.

Ola Smith-Simonsen – Enjoying the Ralph Myerz track! Nice to see Paper Recordings back!

Geir Aspenes (Norway) – Great EP! Keyboy for me. Go Norway!