Ahead of Ben Davis’ Stubb 12″ we interviewed the people behind the artwork and design.
Can you tell us what The Egg Factory is all about?
The Egg Factory is a co-working space in an old egg packing plant in Hebden Bridge for creatives to create, learn and collaborate. We’ve got desks, screen printing and product photography equipment that our members can use by the day or by the month, loads of Yorkshire tea and all the chat. We do screen printing for local businesses and creatives and we sometimes have a fun event to break up the grey Yorkshire days! Today we’ve got a music journalist, a food charity worker, a novelist and someone who puts the hair into wax-work heads all using our desks.
When did you set it up and why?
The Egg Factory opened in February 2015 after much scraping of floors, gallons of white paint and many hours plotting and dreaming!
Our four founding members Amy, Katch Sue and Rachel came together as a co-operative after three years of curating pop-up shops, putting on interactive events in Hebden Bridge and enjoying being together. We wanted to work on our own creative businesses (Amy is a draw-er/printer/maker, Katch makes beautiful ceramics, Sue sews quilts and Rachel is a fine, fine artist) at the same time as doing stuff as our little collective so we looked for a space to share. When we couldn’t find anything quite right we decided to move into a massive industrial unit and share our space and resources with other people.
And where would you like it to go?
Our aim is to build a sustainable business which supports the running of the space. We want to see The Egg Factory grow as a platform for creativity, collaboration and innovation, a space where our co-workers can continue to collaborate and thrive. And of course we’re always looking for new projects and collaborations for our portfolio of unusual and weird screen printing work – the more the merrier!
How did you go about designing and making the records?
Amy – I love typography so when Ben asked me to come up with some ideas for the Stubb sticker I drew about a million different versions. I draw with a fine felt tip and then scan in my drawings and faff with them in Photoshop. I wanted the sticker to be colourful and fun, like the record.
Rachel: “I spent time in my studio listening to each track on repeat and sketching ideas as they came to me. I felt really inspired by the music so the ideas flowed naturally and freely. I found the tracks very distinctive and each one seemed to suggest a very different story or idea, which helped to form the images. It was a new way for me to work but one that I found really enjoyable.”
Amy – We did a bit of fettling on the computer to make the drawings the right size. I screen printed Rachel’s drawings onto the kraft card sleeves and we used gold foil for the limited edition fabric sleeves. We sewed and finished them here at The Egg – we love a bit of stitch action!
Can you tell us about your art in general Rachel?
Rachel: “I draw with a stick and ink and sewing machine to create characters and creatures which are often expressing my thoughts, desires, relationships or the energy of a moment. I also have a fascination with mythology and mythical creatures often make an appearance in my work. I love the freedom of working with the stick and ink and every mark I make becomes part of the final drawing. The ink I use is quite thick and my paper is slightly textured, this means that the quality of my line often has a slightly rough and raw quality which I think fits well with my expressive drawings. My favourite thing is to have a new series of drawings to work on- the larger the scale the better!
Where can people find you if they want some of your Egg Factory magic?
We’re on Victoria Road in Hebden Bridge, not too far from the station. The kettle’s always on and there’s usually biscuits so it’s always worth popping in for a look. There’s more info about us and what we do here. We’ve got some live screen printing events coming up in the summer and you can see Rachel with her stick in her hand at Hebden Bridge Open Studios in July.
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 debate rages on over which is best, vinyl or digital. Rather than having a fight over it, have a listen to this feature and then have a fight over something else.
With contributions from Piccadilly Records’ Phillippa Jarman, Juniper’s Dan Mumberson, Juno’s James Vorres and Kelvin Andrews.
Jamie L – (What We Saw) In The Burg
A. In The Burg
In The Burg (Havana Candy Mix)
B In The Burg (Cottam Remix)
Jamie L is a mysterious figure of undisclosed origin and history who fits in to the Moodyman / Theo Parrish mold of heavy future disco; which his new production ‘(What We Saw) In The Burg’ nails.
It’s a heavy leftfield groove laid over broken house beats with a filtered bass, samples and leftfield vibe. The Detroit pad creeps up to the break and filters in and out as the track works it’s way through for locked down dance floor business.
Next up, Havana Candy breaks out the analogue and takes things deeper and techier. With a rolling bass and tweaking acid line, it cuts to a Rhodes before filtering down and riding back to the heads down groove.
Cottam steps up for Paper for the first time and demonstrates what all the fuss is about with a very special mix. Clocking in at 9.41 it’s deep, tough soulful house that crosses the 4/4 divide from techno to disco and deep house to soul.
Ron Basejam (Crazy P) – Love the original, everything he does oozes class and this is no different. cottam just shades it though, pitch down wild-pitch shit.
Sleazy McQueen – This is a wicked Moodymann style slice of house music!
Kelvin Andrews – Real nice release, definitely will play.
Dicky Trisco – All the mixes are good. But it is all about the original really. Jamie L has landed. I’m a fan!
Jimpster – Cottam mix is ace!
Erik Duncan – COOOOOL!!!
Kev Beedle – Nice selection of mixes here.
Neil Diablo – Good EP!
Sean Johnston (A Love From Outer Space) – NIce stuff!
Harri – All good mixes here but Cottam mix is stand out for me.
diskJokke – Loving all versions.
This Is Why We Dance – Very cool.
Q-Burns Abstract Message – Good things happening here, leftfield indeed. Cottam the pick for me, and Havana Candy valiantly steps up to the plate. Dig.
Space Ranger – Love the Cottam remix and the original.
Tom Findlay (Groove Armada) – Wicked!
Marius Våreid (Full Pupp) – Very good package, love the two mixes on this one and Cottam delivers my fav of them all.
Roberto Rodriguez – Loving these tunes! Mixes are great.
Stretford Dog’s Club – Loving the Cottam mix guys…. 🙂
Olle Abstract – Really dig the Havana Candy mix. Classic!
Stuart Patterson – ace .. simply ace .. my kinda house.. will play whenever i can ..
The Lovely Jonjo – IN The Burg is amazing!
Ste Hodge – Jamie L is my new hero (sorry Flash). All mixes doing the do – WICKED RELEASE.
Here’s the Autumnal edition of the Paper Radio show presented Ben Davis.
There’s new music on the label from Terry Farley’s new project Farley Silvester, Jamie L, Flash Atkins, 2 Billion Beats as well as old nuggets and other tracks new and old doing it for Paper.
Plus and interview with Bonar Bradberry and a feature on the Vinyl vs. Digital debate with opinions from Piccadilly Records’ Phillippa Jarman, Juno’s James Vorres, Juniper’s Dan Mumberson and Kelvin Andrews.
Paper Recordings are back to the wax with a heavyweight release, Day By Day by Research complete with a Psychemagik remix.
Research were a post punk, industrial jazz funk band who formed in the early 80s supporting bands such as Material and Pigbag as well as playing sessions for the BBC and Womad. They have released three still sought after albums Laws of Motion, Social Systems and The Perpetual City.
Recent interest in the band resulted in releases on Rong / DFA and Bearfunk. Their 2010 Reworks twelve-inch was awarded single of the week on Boomkat.
The Day By Day Dub is stripped back disco not disco that fuses live percussion, bass, guitars, drums, pads and vocals by Valerie Maxfield (Groove Armada / Freestylers) but with studio touches locking it down to a fierce groove. The tension builds until the Rhodes chords drop to give it some deep soul disco.
Psychemagik continue their purple patch with a floor heavy mix that mixes up disco and deep house but is all class. They retain the original elements but add stabs, pads and bass and completely re-arrange it for dance floor impact. Best buckle up for this one.