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!
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.
Resident Paper munter and self soiler Flash Atkins is back with a second EP of collaborations. The first found favour with people like Danny Krivit, Bill Brewster, Crazy P and Moodymanc and was heard playing everywhere from The Warehouse Project to Croatian boat parties.
Flash?s first studio victim was young gun Chris Massey which resulted in a deep tribal house throbber that?s heavy on atmosphere as the first half builds around an arp, sub and subterranean percussion. For the drop the mood lightens with a Rhodes and 80s synth line as all the elements are re-introduced for maximum dancefloor dynamics.
Daco’s head was next on the Flash?s studio block and their track Vowerk is named after a breed of chicken. Fact. It’s a super-heavy slice of main room tech-house built around a distorted arped bass that summons up the spirit of John Ciafone and Mood II Swing.
Manchester veteran Neil Diablo didn’t know what he was getting in to and by the time he’d worked it out they were two tracks down. Nezulka is deep house at it’s finest and on a Hot Creations tip but without the whiff of sunglasses in nightclubs. Swinging drums and analogue bass keep it ticking over before the synths in the second half mellow things out to drag you out the K hole you may have been sliding in to.
The EP is rounded off with some 90s vibing house that?s got a bit of Balearic business going on. With samples firing off the track builds to the break where the organ does it’s sunset thing. But wait, is that a male vocal singing Hey Yeah as the drums drop? By golly it is and doesn’t it sound fine!
Moodymanc – Excellent vibrations from the most motley crew in dirty disco…
Stuart Knight (Toolroom) – NEZULKA is the one for me …dope !!!
Justin Harris (Freaks) – Sodium Original is really cool – nice EP.
Nathan Detroit – Love Massey. Love Diabo. Love this!
Nick Holder (DNH) – Nice and deep.
Harri – NIce work!
Nutritious – Vowerk!
Da Wiseguy – Nice pack of 4 steady builders….but Sodium kills them all!
Aldrin Zouk – Sodium is my fav cut.
Jonny Miller (Southport Weekender) – Flash Atkins, total loser so thank god someone else is on hand to help here. I love the bass edge on ‘Vowerk’, one for the shufflers at Southport maybe? The Neil Diablo collar cuts also worked very nicely, great EP!
Da Sunlounge – Sodium is very nice, will play this.
Dan J – Fully digging Vowerk, proper druggy business and looking forward to trying this out.
CP (Inkfolk) – Sounds like a Tribal records Eric Kupper outing…Nice.
Bootsy – The Neil Diablo collab Nezulka is my pick and love the vocal sample. But may I say the Daco track Vowerk doesn’t half kick eh? A close second!
Leri Ahel (Mutant Disco Radio Show) – Great EP, Vowerk is the one for me.
Ed Mahon (Cowbell Radio) – Loving everything about the Dirty Protest!
Dogan Aktay – I think the Neil Diablo ones stand a head above the other two but I like the overall coherence of the release.
Russell Politt – Got quality stamped right through this – brilliant EP.
Justin Harris feat. Laura Vane – 1,2 3 Breathe
2. House Mix
3. House Dub
4. Down Tempo Mix
Justin Harris, an acid house warrior since 1987 finally arrives on Paper with his debut release 1,2,3 Breathe. His CV boasts gigs at clubs like Panorama Bar, Fabric, The End, Back To Basics and Robert Johnson and remixes for The Human League, Tiefshwartz and Mathew Herbert on labels like Classic, SWAG, Crosstown Rebels and 20 20 Vision. Amongst his many collaborations, Freaks with Luke Solomon is best know for their leftfield take on house and groundbreaking label MFF.
Breathe 1,2,3 is deep house with a soul that has a stamp of quality running through it like a stick of Blackpool rock. Minimal drums, analogue bass, piano and synth strings set things up for Laura Vane’s heart felt and timeless vocals.
The house mix ups drive and tempo but retains the deepness. Along with additional classic house stabs, the piano and strings give the track some nice chord progressions as the vocals tell their story.
The dub strips things back even more with the vocal stabbing and out as the music unfolds.
Finally, the down tempo mix breaks things right down for a lush version that aims at the hairs on your back of you neck and hits.
Sean Johnston (A Love From Outer Space) – Very good indeed!
Sleazy McQueen -I ‘m feeling the midtempo vibes, for sure!
Nick Holder (DNH) – Im digging this!
Tensnake – Nice to have back such a legend!
Severino Panzetta (Horsemeat Disco) – Quality!
Stuart Patterson – Proper variations on the mixes .. enjoying it all especially main house mix and the down tempo mix.
Olle Abstract – Glad to see Justin back in full form! Really dig both house mixes. The downtempo mix sounds healthy. And slow!
Q-Burns Abstract Message – Nice one … it’s the mid-tempo mix for me. Thanks!
Billy Scurry – Solid beats and production, digging the mid and down mixes.
Lil Mark – Brilliant productions here from Justin.
Harri (Sub Club) – House dub for me.
Stuart Knight (Toolroom) – Nice release, always liked Laura’s voice since One Eye Shut, top work
Danielle Moore (Crazy P) – Prefer the dubbier housey versions.
Untitled Music – House mix doing the business.
Chinny (Cowbell Radio) – Nice work Paper folk x
Tunnel FM – Dope house mixes… absolutely support.
Paul Corey – The house mix and dub esp.
Chris Da Mentalist – Love This. House mix doing things for me.
Benoit C – Cool EP
Nathan Detroit – Love Mr Freaks always.. nice EP
Pete Gooding – V nice!
Chris Massey – House mix all the way for me. Big sing-a-long vibes at 5am on the dancefloor.
Steve Parry – Uber cool houser, loving the vocal too. Really good.
Wrighty (Soul Buggin’) – Excellent stuff, loving both house mix and the mid tempo mix, the type of quality I expect from paperecordings.
Sam Divine (Defected) – Very good!
Richard Seaborne – The Reasons Why
2. Flash Atkins Mix
3. Sleazy McQueen Mix
4. Leon Sweet’s Negative Positive Dub Mix
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.
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