A – Crazy P – Last Knockers
AA1 – Steve Cobby – Boule De Suif
AA2 – Flash Atkins – Rivers of Jordan (PAP200 Edit)
Oh boy, that came around quick! One day we’re faxing giant penises to magazines and the next we’ve got kids and are on our 200th single release. It’s been 22 years since we kicked things off with Salt City Orchestra’s The Book and In the intervening years we’ve hopefully carved out our little corner in the pantheon of house music. We’ve lived by our first “hidden” message on PAP001 “Look Forward Not Back” and have been keeping on keeping on with barely a glance over our shoulder but this is chance to buy ourselves a pint.
PAP200 will be three tracks from friends new and old on a limited edition 12” released on Record Store Day in numbered brown paper bags. Crazy P(enis) return to the fold for the first time since 2003 and it’s good to have them back. Last Knockers has got their trademark stripped back electronic funk with Danielle Moore adding the disco fizz. There’s plenty of wonk and roll as it builds over 10 glorious minutes.
When Steve Cobby was asked what Paper meant to him he said “Northern Musical heritage” and we’ll take that. He has been knocking it out the park over the last couple of years and this is his debut release for the label. Boule De Suif is a trip through funk and soul that is timeless but of it’s time. It’s what Herbie would sound like if he grew up in Hull.
Finally Flash Atkins goes down a more conventional route and it’s got his trademark layered sound. What starts as a straight forward deep house track evolves with trippy vocals and a chorus that brings the hairs up on the back of your neck. Mixmag liked it so much they gave it their Disco Single of the Month.
A strictly vinyl only release on this absolute stunning sun soaked EP from Sophie Lloyd that has already been heavily supported from Ashley Beedle & Greg Wilson!
Follow Me Home is 9 minutes worth of floaty, yacht rock goodness that can only be made to sound better if you was lay on a lilo in the Adriatic with a cocktail in hand….
It also comes with a dub version too if you’re not too keen on a certain headband wearing vocalist 🙂
A Burn U Know ups the tempo a bit more and is a thigh slapping, mouth organ led slice of barnyard disco that rumbles along like a freight train with snaps of classic 808 percussion bringing it from the wild west to the basements of Manchester and back out to the Croatian coast….
Psychemagik: “Nice one…love Sophie! This is ace!”
Pete Herbert: “Edits are mega!!!”
Hardway Bros: “Yes, Liking both of these”
Danielle Moore: “Yes wonderful chilled G and T and a full moon/sunset vibes here. Lovely 3 tracks”
Fingerman: “Wonderful stuff!”
Joe Morris: “Big fan since I first heard it. Full support!”
Severino: “Yes, this is soooooo good!”
Ed Mahon (Cowbell Radio): “Follow me home clear winner for me, both versions would do, but I quite like the vocal, nicely done!”
Life and Times” album on Paper Recordings. This time he pulls in three of the world’s best producers of underground future disco and all of them step up the the plate to score a bullseye with their first throw.
First up The Emperor Machine has taken Summer of Love to analogue heaven with arps, heavily treated vocals, electro bass and wacked out beats. The track’s stripped back dynamics keep changing as it’s deep drug chug rocks out for over 10 sublime proto-disco minutes.
Man of the moment Fila Brazilia’s Steve Cobby is enjoying a renaissance after two albums that have ruled 2014 / 15. On Forbidden Flesh he takes Crazy P’s Danielle Moore’s vocals and lays them over a soulful techy track that will fit any after dark occasion with devastating results. And it’s got loads of cowbell.
After the veterans it’s time for a young gun to nail his colours to the mast. Iceland’s B.G.Baarregaard has been one to watch and his blend of good time disco has been lining him up as Todd Terje’s heir apparent. His remix of Badger From The North is peak-time nu-disco that wears it’s musicality lightly and sacrifices nothing for sheer playability.
Overall, a 12” that takes the Flash Atkins originals and breathes new life in to them for three cuts that will smash anything they’re thrown at.
The first 12″ from Flash’s “Life and Times” album is out now with mixes from the mighty The Revenge plus Florida disco King Sleazy McQueen & Romano Arcaini. There’s also the bonus of Drug Empire gitting the wax.
Don’t snooze as these won’t hang around.