2015 saw Flash Atkins release his debut album ‘The Life and Times’ and it’s mix of club smashers and disco nodders found people like FK, Andrew Weatherall, Horse Meat Disco, Ivan Smagghe, Rune Lindbaek and Bill Brewster getting hot under the collar.
Now comes the remix album with a collection of tracks some of which have only been out on vinyl and some not at all. It’s a roll call of who’s doing it right at the moment from the well known to the up and coming but all nail it. Names include The Revenge, The Emperor Machine, Sleazy McQueen, Pete Herbert, Tal M. Klein and Steve Cobby. Plus there’s a healthy representation from Norway in the form of Ralph Myerz, B.G.Baarregaard and Mental Overdrive. From the paper stable Leon Sweet, Doc L. Jnr step up and the elusive Jamie L turns out a 12 minute Detroit (by way of Halifax) monster.
So you’ve played the game, drunk the beer, danced to the tunes, read the fanzine, rolled your eyes at the middle aged man in tights and now you’ve got the remix album. Job done.
Craig Bratley – Great set of remixes, hard to pick a favourite.
Bill Brewster – Outstanding mixes from The Revenge and E Machine.
Sean Johnston (ALFOS) – Fantastic package – rinsed about four at ALFOS on Saturday.
Sleazy McQueen – Slimy, dirty package of low-brow house — just my type!
Tronik Youth – Great package
Nutritious – Tremendous Orgy. And the music is Freakin Sweet, too! ?????
Fingerman – Superb reworks from some top producers. Awesome!
Murray Richardson – Luvly F*ckn Jubly xx
Gemini Brothers – Don’t even know which one to choose! Amazing pack for summer!
Fernando (20 20 Sound System) – This is all great!
Get Down Edits – Great selection of remixes
Aldrin Zouk – Couple of tasty remixes; I’m diggin’ from Doc L Junior, The Revenge, The Emperor Machine, Steve Cobby, Sleazy McQueen & Romano Arcaini Remix.
Cosmic Capers Radio Show –
Class, class and more class…..this was one of my favourite dance albums of it’s year and I’ve loved all the remixes so far, then to get this is brilliant. Release of the year so far for me.
Lava Lava – Some absolute gems in this one! Really great vibes on the remixes from The Revenge, Pete Herbert, The Emperor Machine & Jamie L.
Deep South Audio – Excellent .. cant say more really .. Dope rmx package
Goldboy – Emperor Machine is the one for me.
De Fantastiske To – Some nice new remixes here! Cant get enough of Mental Overdrive´s party chugger though !
Andy (Inland Knights) – Great release ……loving The Revenge / Leon Sweet / The Emperor mixes…but all cuts are wicked t b h…..thanks:)
80s Child – Top draw this really liking it 🙂
Nathan Detroit – Lovely selection of choice remixers here..
Having just gone past our 200th EP release we thought it was a good time to play a selection from PAP101 – 200 plus some forthcomers. Add in an interview with Danni and Chris from Crazy P and Ben Davis in the hot seat and you’re in podcast heaven!
1. 2 Billion Beats – Noise In Your Eye
2. Proviant Audio – Hey, Let’s Do It
3. Leon Sweet – Beat Slave Auto
4. Diskobeistet – Birkelunden (Haugli Mix)
5. Daco – Aquarium
6. Ralph Myerz & The Kismik Diamondz – Acid 4 Eddie
CRAZY P INTERVIEW
7. Crazy P – Last Knockers
8. Kimo – Born Out
9. Ny*ak – Echoes
10. De Fantastiske To – Smile
11. Flash Atkins & CP – Malawi Chant
12. Flash Atkins – Drug Empire (Jamie L Mix)
13. Sleazy McQueen – We Need To Reconnect
14. Research – Day By Day (Psychemagik Mix)
15. Leon Sweet – Show You (Ron Basejam Mix)
16. Richard Seaborne – The Reasons Why
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.
Leeds’ finest is back on Paper with an EP showing off his chops as a producer on his uppers backed up by two remixes that have gone for the jugular and got a clean bite.
The original is an 80s influenced deep houser that will sound equally at home on a beach at sunset in the adriatic, bass quaking a festival rig or on a European motorway at 3am. With synth washes and a filtered riff it hypnotises it’s way to a state of balearic dancefloor heaven.
Renata takes it’s pointers from the mid-90s with a pad bringing to mind a time when acid house was getting it’s feet under the table. Add a big synth lead, stabby bass, strings and the spirit of the Beloved and Sub Sub is summoned up for the 00s.
In a game of two halves (Brian) Flash Atkins’ mix is all about the build. The deep and techy first section rides the one note bass and filtered synth with added Moog. It’s a steady reach for the break when things get kicked loose as the track is taken down to it’s raw elements. The bass changes and things are built back up synth by synth. Once it reaches it’s peak, take cover or you’re liable to get injured in the maelstrom.
” Yes..like em!”
“Nice EP – well done mate :)”
Danielle Moore (Crazy P):
“The original and Flash are the ones for me.”
Gemini Brothers (Nein):
“Flash Atkins as always a top master!”
Sean Johnston/Hardway Bros:
“Very good release. Renata, what a track!”
Mutant Disco Radio:
“Another Rave-enka’s hit. Love it.’
Tici Taci Music:
“Another quality release from Paper. Loving the original and the Flash remix of “Serious”. (The breakdown in Flash’ version is sublime).”
Ralph Myerz:”Very very nice stuff from Mr. Seaborne who always delivers the goods, full support! Really diggin Let’s Get Serious, will play A LOT this summer. All mixes are superb!”
“Amazing! Am loving “Renata” to bits, easily one of the best tunes I’ve heard in a long time. Full support!”
2 Billion Beats:
“Renata for me, reminds me of early Leftfield, awesome!”
Danny Oliver (High Soul Society):
“Love Flash Atkins Mix….perfect for my sets. Support”
After providing hefty remix action for Richard Seaborne and behind the massive Gimme Some Dim Sum as one half of De Fantastiske To, Ravi Brunsvik steps up to drop his debut solo EP of the Norwegian good stuff on Paper.
Antibac kicks things off and to quote Chris in the office “it builds like an absolute bastard!”. Nearly 10 minutes of solid thunder is accompanied by jacking percussion and icy synth stabs whilst the beat just keeps on trucking. This one will grab you before you realise what’s happened.
Sur Sennep takes things to a late night discotheque located somewhere between The Hacienda and a Croatian festival. An almost acid house set up leads the way before evolving into the kind of balearic disco that can only be dreamed up in Norway. There are plenty of hooky synths, old skool keys and a bassline that squelches. Good times ahead when you unleash this..
Closing the EP off Påfuglen picks up the baton and takes things to the chill out room. Minimalistic and stripped back yet still full of enough synth squeaks, tweaks & bleeps to keep you hooked and intrigued. If Kraftwerk opened an opium den then this would surely be on their in-house playlist.
Sean Johnston – Chris Massey sent me this ages ago – I didn’t label it properly and I have been dying to know what it was – mystery solved. It’s fucking brilliant and has been a staple of 2015 ALFOS parties. KILLER!
Ron Basejam (Crazy P) – It’s a doozy.
Nutritious – This is EP is ridiculous!
Ralph Myerz – Superb stuff! All traxx rawks, very cool sound on the whole EP, full support!!
Harri (Sub Club) – Liking them all
Sleazy McQueen – Yeah, Antibac is a builder!
Billy Scurry – Great slice of funk infested vibes!! More of the same please.
B.G. Baarregaard – Great release!
Justin Harris – Really feeling Sur Sennep – nice one.
Julian Sanza – Good stuff, will take Pafuglen for a ride!
Fingerman – Antibac is a great little chugger!
Neil Quigley – Antibac is a killer!!!
Tronik Youth – Pafuglen for me…dark vibe
Somerville & Wilson – Great release ..will be dropping this in our sets. Full support.
Murray Richardson – Love Sur Sennep, what a great tune can’t wait to play this one out.
Como Las Grecas Magazine – Cool release, amazing Antibac.
Kahuun – Amazing work, full support. Antibac will be on heavy rotation.
Tici Taci Music – Antibac and Pafuglen for me…Antibac is a chug monster.
Ed Mahon (Cowbell Radio) – Antibac, relentless and does indeed build like a bastard!
Wrighty – Loving Antibac, groovy as fuck.
Bad Barbie Beats – Cosmic chuggy loveliness.
The unofficial King of Norway Ralph Myerz is back on Paper with a brand new project and his hallmark impeccable production. R.E.C. is his new collaboration with fellow Vikings Eddie Da Bass and Carina and they have turned out three original tracks plus a remix of big room house that will have people running to the booth demanding to know what it is.
Hercules & The Love Affair’s Nomi Ruiz is the Dirty Diva and lets it be known that there will be no prisoners. Originally titled “Peter Rauhofer Tribute Made With Love” it has all the hallmarks of his classic Sound Factory / Twilo sound and is best heard on a big warehouse rig with the smell of poppers in the air. There’s a nagging stab, bumping bass, ricocheting snares and the riff builds with reverbs and the X rated vocal. As the stabs filter and the drop beckons, best get prepared as carnage is round the corner.
Don’t Leave Me Now keeps the NYC vibe going with nailed on the one drums, a driving riff and moaned vocals from Leona Freiburg. The sub keeps things building before it breaks to some keys and it’s back in with added arp and heads down proper house music.
Michigan takes things deeper and pulls Man Without County’s Ryan James along for the ride. Mid 90s bass, Maurizio inspired drums and breathy vocals make it a head trip that keeps building in it’s intensity.
Finally, Ralph takes Dirty Diva and puts it through his psychedelic scandi-disco machine that tips a wink to Paper’s early days. There’s plenty of percussion and and FXed out synths and after the big room originals is more suited to a grotty basement long after it was going home time.
Overall a package that is going LARGE!
Doc L Junior: “Michigan for me please… Love it!”
Fingerman: “Loving the chugginess of Don’t Leave Me Now. Nice release :)”
Richard Seaborne: “go Ralph…LOVE the original mix”
80’s Child: “Another sweet release guys – liking Don’t leave me now”
Somerville & Wilson: “Proper vocal house ..quality production!”
Severino: “Dirty diva is got a great sound”
Flash Atkins is a drunkard, drug user and general wrong’un. A super hero who has fallen from his purple patch in the 80s to purple stains on his pants in the 00.
He is also the alter go of Paper Recordings’ Ben Davis and Levenshulme Orphanage For Boys is the first single from his forthcoming album Paper album “The Life and Times of Flash Atkins”. Each track title is named after a chapter of a short story to be published as an accompaniment to the long player.
Levenshulme Orphanage For Boys is a slo-mo tech heavy chugger that is locked down with rock sold beats and a throbbing side-chained bass. The track builds with synth lines before a sampled female vocal brings in some sparse melody and reinforces the hypnotic rhythm. An acid line adds to the tension before the reaching it’s peak with all the elements hitting home.
The Deaf Boys Dub goes down a more stripped back route with a Moog synth riff and techy hats along with the sampled vocal. Ricocheting snares herald the arrival of the sub and things crank up a gear. It’s proper 4am lose yourself in the smoke club music as the synth riff filters in and out.
Doc L. Junior is a Norwegian legend who’s not been active for a while but is back with a wallop. Deep and synthy with a hint of 80s, this is big room music that brings to mind So Get Up by Underground Sound of Lisbon.
Finally, Richard Seaborne turns in a classic sounding remix recalling Armand Van Helden in his prime. He ups the pace, adds a brutal bottom end, chucks in a jazz break on top of the acid and vocal and it’s dance floor dynamite.
François K – ‘Flashing Thunder dub is great, will definitely give this one some plays.’
Peter Kruder – – ‘Love the Original. Doc L Juniors Flashing Thunder dub is also cool. The Richard Seaborne mix also works for me’
Vito De Luca Aeroplane – ‘ – Flash’s Deaf Boys Mix is great’
Ron Basejam – ‘Original is the one. lasers!’
Mr G – Solid EP
Sean Johnston ( A Love From Outer Space) – ‘Deaf Boys come on down!’
Sleazy McQueen – ‘Wow, this is super cool and vibey. I dig all four!’
Tronik Youth – Neil Parnell (Tronik Youth) – ‘Love the original and deaf boys dub great stuff’
Harri (Sub Club) – ‘Ben sent me this a while ago…been playing a few of these out’
Bonar Bradberry – ‘Good stuff thanks guys’
DC Salas – ‘Flashs Deaf Boys dub for me!’
James Teej – ‘Flash’s deaf boys dub is really original’
Ralph Myerz – All mixes are beyond superduper, full support. Especially the Doc L Junior mix is a favourite, wow!!!
Andrew Grant (EDEC) – ‘Doc Juniors Flashing Thunder dub is hot hot hot… like the other tracks too’
Leftside Wobble – ‘Deep brooding acidic chugger, perfect for fallen superhero after parties!’
Brett Griffin – Droog LA / Culprit) – ‘The original slow mo funk is dope’
Alec Sander (La Royale (Electrique Music) – ‘Cool tracks guys, love the original and the Flash Deaf Dub’
Erik Rug (Rex Club) -‘Flash Deaf Boys dub mix is my pick here..thanks !!’
Neil Scott El Diablo’s Social Club- ‘Great track from Flashy…Doc L Jnrs italoesque remix is ace. Solid houser from Richard Seabourne too! good ep!
Gameboyz (Clouded Vision / Relish) – ‘Fantastic! thanks a lot!!! Flashs deaf is totally madness!!’
G-HA & OLANSKII (SUNKISSED) – ‘Love the Doc L. Jnr mix, thanks!
Fingerman – ‘Lovely stuff. Doc L’s mix is really awesome’
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
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:
“Great stuff that will work wonders both in the land of Oz and Ibiza! Love all traxx, full support!!!!!”
“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”
“Superb!!! loving them all!”
“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”
“Vibes!! Great tracks and rmxs! looking forward to getting it on a system”
“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”
“very nice electro-nu disco stuff”
Leftside Wobble :
“The Nordic connection just keeps on giving…”
“Living next to it, I can confirm that these are Birkelunden approved!”
“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.”