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2019 marks a landmark 25 years at the coalface of rave for Paper Recordings, one of the world's most treasured independent record labels. In that time, it has released over 2000 tracks ranging from deep house and disco to Balearic and leftfield pop on four imprints, produced by over 600 artists, producers and remixers. Their sounds have been spun and streamed into over 80 countries around the world, making them one of the most respected names in contemporary dance music. They make Deep Beats that sooth the Soul, Since 1994 we have been the finest purveyors of deep house and disco.
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The Clean Trip
Magic Eyes - (6:07) 100 BPM
Lobster Boys - (4:19) 95 BPM
Plastic Bones - (5:09) 110 BPM Hot
Blind Horizons - (4:49) 125 BPM
Review: Singer-songwriter David Harks has collaborated with a surprisingly wide range of artists over recent years, notching up releases alongside soulful house legend Rasmus Faber, German nu-disco star Satin Jackets, and British Balearic scene stalwart Mudd. On his latest collaborative project, the Clean Trip, he's joined forces with another Balearic sort - Tokyo-based Brit Max Essa. The four tracks on show genuinely present the best of both artists' work, with Harks' lilting, eyes-closed vocals offering a perfect accompaniment to Essa's colourful synths, tactile chords, retro-futurist intent and softly spun grooves. Our picks of a very strong bunch are the slow-motion, piano stab-sporting joy of 'Magic Eyes', the slow-motion bliss of 'Blind Horizons', and the immersive breakbeat house lusciousness of 'Plastic Bones'.
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PR 360
26 Jun 24
Deep House
Heaters #1
Rewire - (6:23) 123 BPM Hot
King Of Ding - (4:51) 127 BPM
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PR 362
19 Jun 24
Deep House
The Clean Trip - Lobster Boys
Lobster Boys (original mix) - (4:19) 95 BPM
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PR360A
29 May 24
Deep House
F.B.O.
Planet Before Profit (original mix) - (8:08) 110 BPM
Who Am I? (feat Sirius Rush - original mix) - (7:55) 102 BPM Hot
Who Am I? (Flash dub) - (5:26) 102 BPM
Who Am I? (feat Sirius Rush - Acappella) - (3:59) 149 BPM
Review: It's an EP with an environmental conscience this one, so as this is a family-oriented download store we can't really tell you what 'F.B.O.' stands for except that the second word's 'big' and the third one's 'oil'! Paper boss Ben Davis once more dons his Flash Atkins disguise to explore contemporary disco's more leftfield fringes, starting with the druggy, mid-paced instrumental chugger that is 'Planet Before Profit'. We then move on to 'Who Am I?', which if anything is an even more heavy-lidded affair that comes topped with a cosmically-inclined spoken vocal from London poet Sirius Rush and evolves into an all-out 303 squelchathon, and that's accompanied by acapella and dub passes.
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PR 359
15 May 24
Deep House
Mexico 24
La Guardia De La Luz - "I First Learned About Shelleys Through A Magazine" (original mix) - (9:35) 123 BPM Hot
Picotropico - "Strangers" (original mix) - (5:37) 100 BPM
La Guardia De La Luz - "I First Learned About Shelleys Through A Magazine" (Pico's Stoke-on-Trent Is Not In Mexico remix) - (8:41) 123 BPM
Picotropico - "Strangers" (La Guardia De La Luz's Pico Is Not A Stranger Anymore remix) - (9:59) 100 BPM
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PR 358X
01 May 24
Deep House
The Paper Years
Paper Music Issue #2 - "Theme From Salt City Orchestra" (original mix) - (6:31) 123 BPM
Wastepaper - "Origami" (original mix) - (8:48) 125 BPM Hot
Paper Music Issue #2 - "Fatdansrubadubdub" (original mix) - (7:52) 128 BPM
Cine City - "Plants Animals H2O" (original mix) - (6:15) 120 BPM
The Book (Hardback dub mix) - (9:13) 125 BPM
Cine City - "Are You Sure Joe?" (original mix) - (6:04) 125 BPM
Wastepaper - "Scrunched" (original mix) - (4:11) 125 BPM
Paper Music Issue #1 - "Downtime" (original mix) - (10:20) 120 BPM
Paper Music Issue #1 - "The Bridge" (original mix) - (9:51) 128 BPM
Bookends (Attack Of The Crab Monsters mix) - (7:06) 125 BPM
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PR 357
01 Apr 24
Deep House
Paper Cuts #7
Various
Aniso Tropics - "Apricot Memorex" (original mix) - (4:40) 135 BPM
Tonarunur - "Angle" (original mix) - (3:46) 105 BPM
Mr. Tea - "Soul Seeker" (feat Wonder - Touch remix) - (7:34) 120 BPM Hot
Benny Pitcher - "Transatlantic Motion" (original mix) - (6:17) 124 BPM
Rave-Enka - "Lystigheten" (original mix) - (7:23) 122 BPM
D.S.D. - "Neu Tech" (original mix) - (8:08) 121 BPM
Kooky & Damoon - "Lost The Ground Beneath My Feet" (original mix) - (5:07) 113 BPM
Jahn Solo - "Disco" (original mix) - (3:53) 123 BPM
The Secret Soul Society - "Ache All Over" (original mix) - (4:04) 100 BPM
Sommerfeldt - "You & I" (feat Nora - original mix) - (6:14) 120 BPM
Mr. Tea - "Dream Fortress" (original mix) - (7:46) 120 BPM
Lakeshouse - "Tusen Takk" (original mix) - (8:02) 120 BPM
Mr. Tea - "Dreams Of Angels" (original mix) - (9:18) 122 BPM
D.S.D. - "Just Can't Stop" (original mix) - (8:18) 120 BPM
La Guardia De La Luz - "Trance Aleman De Los 90's" (original mix) - (9:54) 119 BPM
D.S.D. - "Think Of You" (Flash Atkins & 2 Billion Beats remix) - (6:25) 124 BPM
Rave-Enka - "Dypdykking" (original mix) - (8:27) 122 BPM
Lakeshouse - "We Don't Stop" (original mix) - (5:48) 122 BPM
Sommerfeldt - "Colours" (feat Sigmund Floyd - ambient Re-visit) - (2:44) 118 BPM
Mr. Tea - "J As In Giraffe" (original mix) - (7:30) 120 BPM
The Secret Soul Society - "Stay" (original mix) - (3:24) 77 BPM
Review: Volume 7 in the series but for once we can't really say "you should know what to expect by now" because what this compilation really goes to show is just what an eclectic and diverse camp the long-running Manchester label has become, with tracks on 'Paper Cuts #7' ranging from the near-ambient Balearica of Aniso Tropics' opener 'Apricot Memorex' to the self-explanatory synth-y stylings of La Guardia de la Luz's 'Trance Aleman de los 90s' via the uptempo strut of Jahn Solo's 'Disco'. So all we can really do is point you in the direction of some standout cuts, which for this reviewer would include D.S.D's luscious 'Just Can't Stop' and Benny Pitcher's 'Transatlantic Motion', which is like a little musical nod to the days when Paper comps were called 'Splinter'.
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PR 351
27 Mar 24
Deep House
Wild Water - The Soundtrack
Various
Daco - "Durant" (Wild Water version) - (2:46) 130 BPM
Ben Davis & Tom Lonsborough - "Langfield Stomp" (original mix) - (2:33) 58 BPM
Clive Green - "Raven's Holler" (original mix) - (1:31) 102 BPM
Ben Davis & Tom Lonsborough - "View Of The Basin Stones" (original mix) - (3:01) 98 BPM
Charlie Sinclair - "Afterglow" (original mix) - (1:24) 142 BPM
Charlie Sinclair - "Silent Submersion" (original mix) - (1:39) 81 BPM
Dr George - "Peacock Prince" (original mix) - (1:24) 75 BPM
Ben Davis & Tom Lonsborough - "Blurr" (original mix) - (1:16) 101 BPM
Ben Davis & Tom Lonsborough - "Summer On The Water" (original mix) - (1:44) 105 BPM
Ben Davis & Tom Lonsborough - "Blue Ice" (original mix) - (3:34) 81 BPM
Ben Davis & Tom Lonsborough - "Immersion" (original mix) - (2:38) 156 BPM
Dr George - "Potatoes & Lemon" (original mix) - (2:03) 82 BPM
Played by: Flash Atkins
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PR 336
25 Mar 24
Soundtracks
Offshore Sunsets
Steve Cobby & Third Attempt - "B Human" - (5:02) 110 BPM Hot
Third Attempt - "Language Of The Heart" - (4:03) 106 BPM
Steve Cobby & Third Attempt - "Feeling Seen" - (4:18) 99 BPM
Review: The new EP, "Offshore Sunsets," by the collaborative effort of Steve Cobby (of Fila Brazilia fame) and Third Attempt washes over the listener like a warm, hazy summer evening. Released on Paper Recordings, this three-track offering is a delightful exploration of Balearic house, perfect for unwinding or soundtracking a laid-back gathering. The opening track, "B Human," sets the tone with its "rolling, hypnotic, spaced-out" vibe (as described by Paper Recordings). Floating minor keys, a walking bassline, and a gorgeously chugging guitar create a sun-drenched soundscape. This is Balearic bliss at its finest. Third Attempt takes the reins for the aptly titled "Language Of The Heart." This track leans into a more downtempo, a perfect offering for those late-night sessions or creating a chilled atmosphere. The duo reunites for the closing track, "Feeling Seen." This hazy, jazzy broken beat number brings the EP to a satisfying conclusion. Deep basslines intertwine with funky elements, showcasing the collaborative magic between Cobby and Third Attempt.
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PR 354
13 Mar 24
Deep House
Nar Alt Rakner
Gjer Inkort (original mix) - (6:58) 128 BPM
MAde & Jimpster - "Gjer Inkort" (Jimpster remix) - (6:59) 128 BPM Hot
Offentlig Salaersats (original mix) - (4:08) 105 BPM
MAde & Henrik Villard - "Offentlig Sallaersats" (Henrik Villard remix) - (6:20) 124 BPM
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PAPR 348
14 Feb 24
Deep House
The Paper Years
Summer Bummer (remastered 2014 mix) - (7:22) 123 BPM Hot
Do It Good (original mix) - (8:52) 120 BPM
Beautiful People (original mix) - (6:34) 126 BPM
Get It On (original mix) - (9:04) 122 BPM
You Started Something (original mix) - (7:27) 121 BPM
Baby We For Real (original mix) - (5:33) 118 BPM
Bad Dismount (original mix) - (6:43) 120 BPM
Give It Up (original mix) - (7:14) 122 BPM
Mambo (original mix) - (8:28) 120 BPM
There's A Better Place (original mix) - (7:15) 125 BPM
Omega Man (original mix) - (9:53) 116 BPM
You Are We (original mix) - (6:49) 124 BPM
Smoothin' Groovin' (original mix) - (8:57) 121 BPM
Soulmutation (original mix) - (7:51) 117 BPM
The Way We Swing (original mix) - (9:33) 125 BPM
Starwar (original mix) - (8:55) 120 BPM
Mind Wide Open (original mix) - (6:23) 110 BPM
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PR 356
12 Feb 24
Deep House
Uncanny Valet
The Slow Reveal - (7:52) 117 BPM
Shock Therapy - (7:46) 117 BPM
Mindsweeper - (6:49) 120 BPM
Head Full Of Butterflies - (6:34) 117 BPM Hot
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PAP 344
13 Nov 23
Deep House
Late Nites
Late Nites - (4:21) 120 BPM Hot
Bet It's A Groove - (4:21) 121 BPM
Leroy - (4:33) 113 BPM
Shivery - (4:28) 97 BPM
Work It - (4:56) 106 BPM
Review: Cal Gibson returns to Paper Recordings with a five-track EP that opens with the laidback, lightly jazz-tinged deep house of 'Late Nites' before moving on into synth-disco territory. 'Bet Its A Groove' is melodic, hypnotic and at times almost hallucinatory, 'Leroy' brings the early 80s electrofunk feels, 'Shivery' looks to 70s singer-songwriter pop for inspiration and seems purpose-built for accompanying Iberica sunsets while finally 'Work It' finds us shifting back slightly closer to deep house pastures. It all makes for very pleasant listening for sure, but it's the dusty title cut with its looped, Georgie Fame-ish vocal that takes the gold.
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PAP 346
25 Oct 23
Deep House
Blurs
I Love Mitsubishis - (4:47) 101 BPM Hot
Erewhon - (5:19) 111 BPM
Prince Shoes - (4:41) 113 BPM
I Don't Mind It - (5:34) 111 BPM
Faith & 909 - (5:46) 101 BPM
Review: Nutritious lands on Paper Recordings for the very first time, bringing with him a quintet of slo-mo chuggers and trippy, mind-altering nu-disco treats. The NYC-based producer sets his stall out with 'I Love Mitsubishis', a raw, wayward and analogue-rich head-nodder of the sort that A Love From Outer Space supremo Sean Johnston would play in his sets, before nudging up the tempo a little on the dreamier, warmer and more squelchy nu-disco shimmer of 'Erewhon' (a kind of riff on the sound of Morgan Geist's Environ Records imprint). Elsewhere, 'Prince Shoes' is a slap bass and vocoder-sporting jazz-funk-meets-nu-disco chugger, 'I Don't Mind It' pushes forward bold bass, pitched up vocal samples and dreamy chords, and 'Faith & 909' is a slow and trippy treat.
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PAPR 339
06 Sep 23
Disco/Nu-Disco
Rebirth
So Good - (6:26) 120 BPM Hot
Lips Like Roses - (6:52) 119 BPM
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PAPR 342
05 Jul 23
Deep House
Bolgen
Ta Plass - (5:36) 119 BPM
Hetetakter - (5:15) 125 BPM
Inn For Landing - (5:12) 117 BPM
Holder Traden - (4:55) 126 BPM Hot
Bolgen - (5:13) 126 BPM
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PAPD 326
29 May 23
Deep House
Deep Point
Deep Point - (6:06) 109 BPM Hot
IF - (6:33) 113 BPM
Let It All Go - (6:52) 110 BPM
You've Got The - (6:08) 118 BPM
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PAPR 345
19 Apr 23
Deep House
The Wild 'Kiwi' Army, Vol 7
Max Maxwell - "Always Right In" (original mix) - (4:53) 118 BPM Hot
Max Maxwell - "Always Right In" (Marcos Alonso remix) - (6:26) 120 BPM
Nick Munday - "Ketamine On Crutches" (original mix) - (5:00) 110 BPM
Marcos Alonso - "Piece Of The Puzzle" (original mix) - (6:21) 110 BPM
Marcos Alonso - "Piece Of The Puzzle" (Kennedy vocal remix) - (6:46) 110 BPM
Played by: Flash Atkins, Kennedy
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PAPR 349
29 Mar 23
Deep House
Paper Cuts Vol 6
Various
Crazy P - "Last Knockers" (Mr Tea remix) - (6:41) 100 BPM
BOM - "Downtown Birnin Zana" (original mix) - (6:28) 115 BPM
Mr. Tea - "J As In Giraffe" (original mix) - (7:30) 120 BPM
Third Attempt - "Lake Effect" (Doc L Junior's Lakeside Groove remix) - (5:40) 122 BPM
Daco - "Support Programme" (original mix) - (6:03) 110 BPM Hot
Aniso Tropics - "Topaz" (original mix) - (4:30) 118 BPM
Daco - "A Little More Volume" (feat Basil Clarke - Flash Atkins remix) - (8:45) 120 BPM
Kennedy & Matt Prehn - "Le Freak" (original mix) - (6:38) 120 BPM
The Secret Soul Society X Hardway Bros - "Yo, We've Landed" (Hardway Bros remix Redux) - (7:51) 100 BPM
Diskobeistet - "Gammal Morro" (Natasha Kitty Katt remix) - (7:00) 120 BPM
Kimo - "Home" (original mix) - (9:27) 110 BPM
Benny Pitcher - "Transatlantic Motion" (original mix) - (6:17) 124 BPM
La Guardia De La Luz - "Trance Aleman De Los 90's" (original mix) - (9:54) 119 BPM
Disco Rogues - "Funk Moves" (original mix) - (5:57) 120 BPM
MAde - "You're The One" (Third Attempt remix) - (3:20) 84 BPM
Review: Draw a line from boogie to Balearica, via Italo disco and deep house, and somewhere along that arc you'll find this latest V/A collection from Manchester's long-running Paper Recordings. Crazy P have been in the Paper camp since the early days so are a fitting choice to open proceedings with the gloriously hazy 'Last Knockers', after which other standouts for yours truly include the slow-building, prog-leaning acid of Anisto Tropics' 'Topaz', Natasha Kitty Katt's typically infectious remix of Diskobeistet's 'Gammal Morro' and the sunny, summery disco-house of Benny Pitcher's 'Transatlantic Motion', until finally MADe's 'You're The One' plays us out on a mellower, more downtempo note.
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PAPR 446
15 Mar 23
Deep House
Oh People
Boo Boo 4 Sure - (5:35) 95 BPM
Oh People - (5:17) 109 BPM Hot
Stay - (3:24) 77 BPM
Sooner Or Later - (4:59) 104 BPM
Ache All Over - (4:04) 100 BPM
Review: Once something of a UK deep house and downtempo mainstay thanks to his role in Notts outfit Neon Heights, Cal Gibson has quietly set about building up quite a catalogue with his latest project, The Secret Soul Society. 'Oh People', the latest TSSS outing, offers a neat summary of the collective's various influences, inspirations and developing trademark sound. For proof, check the drowsy, loved-up sunrise shuffle of opener 'Boo Boo4 Sure', the Beatdown-goes-ultra-deep-house bliss of 'Oh People', the Rotary Connection-with-electronic-instruments dreaminess of 'Stay' and the unashamedly saucer-eyed Balearic pop warmth of 'Sooner or Later'.
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PAPR 338
01 Mar 23
Balearic/Downtempo
Salty
Just Can't Stop (original mix) - (8:18) 120 BPM Hot
Think Of You (Flash Atkins & 2 Billion Beats remix) - (6:25) 124 BPM
Elemental (original mix) - (6:28) 120 BPM
Think Of You (original mix) - (7:08) 123 BPM
My Heart (original mix) - (7:38) 118 BPM
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PAPR 341
01 Feb 23
Deep House
Jahn Solo's 70's Sideshow
Show Me Yours, I'll Show You Mine - (5:22) 121 BPM Hot
Disco - (3:53) 123 BPM
Mystical Lover - (4:27) 121 BPM
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PAPD 329
14 Dec 22
Funky/Club House
Lubek
Lubek - (6:53) 125 BPM Hot
Utopya - (4:43) 118 BPM
Apricot Memorex - (4:40) 135 BPM
Review: Aniso Tropics' latest outing on Paper Recordings is another suitably intergalactic affair, with the producer opting for a suitably cosmic take on nu-disco rich in stargazing chords, bubbly TB-303 style 'acid' lines and twinkling melodies. Title track 'Lubek', which is propelled forwards by a rubbery, delay-laden bassline of the sort popularised by Chicken Lips, is our pick of a strong bunch, in part because of its psychedelic electronic motifs, supernova synths and drifting, deep space chords. Elsewhere, 'Utopya' is a warming, analogue-rich slab of mid-tempo nu-disco smothered in gorgeous piano solos, while 'Apricot Memorex' sits somewhere between ultra-deep ambient techno and experimental drum and bass.
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PAPR 292
02 Nov 22
Deep House
Perspective
View - (5:09) 128 BPM Hot
Angle - (3:46) 105 BPM
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PAPR 347
02 Nov 22
Deep House
Tusen Takk
We Don't Stop - (5:48) 122 BPM
Treat Me Right - (6:12) 121 BPM
Tusen Takk - (8:02) 120 BPM Hot
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PAPR 335
05 Oct 22
Funky/Club House
Colours
Colours (feat Sigmund Floyd - original mix) - (6:35) 118 BPM
You & I (feat Nora - original mix) - (6:14) 120 BPM Hot
Colours (feat Sigmund Floyd - ambient Re-visit) - (2:44) 118 BPM
Review: Veteran Norwegian producer Marius Sommerfeldt is no stranger to Manchester's Paper Recordings, on which he's had several releases as one half of De Fantastiske To. Flying solo on this one, he's back with two tracks of distinctly Scandi-house, with Sigmund Floyd lending some wonderful vocals to the smooth and evocative mood music of "Colours" followed by the life-affirming deepness of "You & I" featuring Nora's powerful vocal delivery.
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PAPR 340
21 Sep 22
Deep House
Dypdykking
Dypdykking (original mix) - (8:27) 122 BPM
Lystigheten (original mix) - (7:23) 122 BPM Hot
Drepern (original mix) - (10:11) 117 BPM
Ladders (live mix) - (9:24) 120 BPM
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PAPR 321
29 Jun 22
Deep House
Soul Seeker
Dream Fortress (original mix) - (7:46) 120 BPM
Soul Seeker (original mix) - (7:41) 120 BPM
Soul Seeker (Touch remix) - (7:34) 120 BPM Hot
Running Home (original mix) - (7:45) 120 BPM
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PAPD 325
08 Jun 22
Deep House
The Wild Army, Vol 6
Lanowa - "Day After Day" - (7:11) 119 BPM Hot
Benny Pitcher - "Transatlantic Motion" - (6:17) 124 BPM
La Guardia De La Luz - "Trance Aleman De Los 90's" - (9:54) 119 BPM
D.S.D. - "Neu Tech" - (8:08) 121 BPM
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PAPR 332
18 May 22
Deep House
Wall To Wall Carpet
You're The One (original mix) - (4:29) 84 BPM Hot
Optics (original mix) - (5:27) 122 BPM
You're The One (Art Bleek remix) - (5:39) 120 BPM
You're The One (Third Attempt remix) - (3:20) 84 BPM
Review: Since working on the Northern Disco Lights documentary a few years ago, Paper Recordings has consciously championed new artists from the Scandinavian country's thriving electronic music scene. They've uncovered another here, "Fjord funk" specialists MAde. Their sound is more Royksopp than Todd Terje or Prins Thomas, though their use of colourful synths and clear boogie influences makes them a unique offering. In its original form 'You're The One' is a wonderfully pitched down Balearic synth-pop number rich in dubby bass, grandiose synthesizer chords, quirky lead vocals from Mirjam Ondal is immersive electronics. It comes backed with two remixes - a tidy nu-disco meets deep house take from Art Bleek and a warming, dub-influenced downtempo revision courtesy of Third Attempt - while bonus cut 'Optics' is a bolder chunk of Scandolearic nu-disco/deep house fusion.
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PAPR 317
04 May 22
Funky/Club House
Funk Moves
Funk Moves (original mix) - (5:57) 120 BPM Hot
Chuggernaut (original mix) - (6:12) 109 BPM
Italia (original mix) - (6:28) 120 BPM
Italia (Slo Mo Disco mix) - (5:45) 113 BPM
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PAPR 333
30 Mar 22
Deep House
Ukraine International
Various
Martin Wold - "Havet" (original mix) - (7:56) 118 BPM
Vainc - "It Smells Like Jungle" (original mix) - (6:33) 124 BPM
Soundersons - "Cabasa" (original mix) - (6:17) 110 BPM
B.G. Baarregaard - "Partysvenskenes Dans" (original mix) - (6:47) 123 BPM
Mordisco - "Musica De Baile" (original mix) - (5:53) 119 BPM
Camblom Subaria - "Myth" (original mix) - (7:16) 122 BPM
Maxx Mortimer - "Soulfood" (original mix) - (6:27) 119 BPM Hot
Jahn Solo - "It's My House" (original mix) - (5:56) 116 BPM
Hakan & Tvyks - "Norr / Vychod 1" (original mix) - (5:25) 125 BPM
Anoraak, Luxxury & Lauren Turk - "Fire Inside" (original mix) - (5:01) 109 BPM
Flash Atkins - "Dark Night Of The Soul" (original mix) - (7:27) 120 BPM
Kennedy & Matt Prehn - "Le Freak" (original mix) - (6:38) 120 BPM
Soane - "Go Master" (original mix) - (7:39) 132 BPM
Ryan Kick - "Remember" (Jack mix) - (6:24) 122 BPM
R-04 & Mike Watt - "Konban Wa" (Real version) - (4:37) 113 BPM
Picotropico - "Front Tears" (original mix) - (7:51) 96 BPM
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PAPUKR 309
18 Mar 22
Deep House
Home
Home - (9:27) 110 BPM
Oceana - (7:08) 105 BPM Hot
Night Light - (8:07) 97 BPM
Odyssey - (7:19) 90 BPM
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PAPR 320
19 Jan 22
Deep House
Durant
Durant (original mix) - (6:53) 118 BPM
Durant (Beatless mix) - (6:43) 118 BPM
Support Programme (original mix) - (6:03) 110 BPM Hot
Support Programme (Alt mix) - (7:10) 110 BPM
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PAPR 313
24 Nov 21
Deep House
A Vehicle Mind
J As In Giraffe (original mix) - (7:30) 120 BPM Hot
Desire (feat Wonder - original mix) - (7:07) 112 BPM
Dreams Of Angels (original mix) - (9:18) 122 BPM
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PAPD 318
13 Oct 21
Deep House
Recycled
Various
Crazy P - "Last Knockers" (Mr. Tea remix) - (6:41) 100 BPM
2 Billion Beats - "Slow Down" (Paper Street Soul remix) - (6:58) 116 BPM
Diskobeistet - "Gammal Morro" (Natasha Kitty Katt remix) - (7:00) 120 BPM
Third Attempt - "Lake Effect" (Doc L Junior's Lakeside Groove remix) - (5:40) 122 BPM
Daco - "A Little More Volume" (feat Basil Clarke - Flash Atkins remix) - (8:45) 120 BPM
BOM - "The Day" (Black Cat Bones remix) - (7:21) 110 BPM Hot
Neon Transmission - "Driving Me Crazy" (Lakeshouse remix) - (5:37) 122 BPM
Cuz Electric - "Lullaby" (feat Megan Jones - Martin Wold remix) - (5:42) 115 BPM
Flash Atkins - "Freak Club" (The Yum Yum Club remix) - (6:24) 118 BPM
Daco - "The Uprise" (Nutritious 'I Feel Dubbed' remix) - (5:57) 123 BPM
Doc L Junior - "Twilight" (Leca remix) - (7:21) 115 BPM
Kimo - "Closer" (feat Kallula - Daco's Oceanic remix) - (7:05) 107 BPM
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PAPR 312
22 Sep 21
Deep House
Topaz
Topaz - (4:30) 118 BPM Hot
Mela - (4:39) 120 BPM
Ferric Bias - (4:58) 120 BPM
Lonsdale Grove - (4:37) 80 BPM
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PAPR 307
25 Aug 21
Deep House
The Wild Army, Vol 5
Various
Kennedy & Matt Prehn - "Le Freak" (original mix) - (6:38) 120 BPM Hot
J Kara - "El Salvador" (original mix) - (7:14) 124 BPM
Picotropico - "Front Tears" (original mix) - (7:51) 96 BPM
R-04 & Mike Watt - "Konban Wa" (Real version) - (4:37) 113 BPM
The Secret Soul Society X Hardway Bros - "Yo, We've Landed" (Hardway Bros remix Redux) - (7:51) 100 BPM
Review: Paper Recordings' rag-tag bunch of "renegades, outliers and mercenaries" assembles once more for the fifth edition of the label's ongoing Wild Army series of EPs. Kennedy and Matt Prehn lead the line with 'Le Freak', a hazy-but-crunchy chunk of woozy disco-house hypnotism, before J Kara melds together vintage Larry Heard bass, spacey synths, sustained organ chords and crispy broken house beats on 'El Salvador'. Pictotropico successfully dips the tempo on the squelchy and chugging 'Front Tears' (look out for the subtle nods towards a turn-of-the-80s Peter Gabriel classic), R-04 and Mike Wyatt pay tribute to piano-heavy Italian house on the ultra-dreamy 'Konban Wa (Real Version)' and Hardway Brothers propel us into deep space on a sublime, headline-grabbing rework of their collaboration with Secret Soul Society, 'We've Landed'.
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PAPR 299
28 Jul 21
Deep House
Wakanda Life
Ashe Rising - (9:08) 105 BPM
Downtown Birnin Zana - (6:28) 115 BPM Hot
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PAPW 303
14 Jul 21
Broken Beat/Nu Jazz
Paper Cuts #5
Various
Torn Sail - "Treasure" (Tiago remix) - (6:01) 102 BPM Hot
Minus The Majors - "Peanut Dust" - (6:30) 123 BPM
Runther - "The Red Pill" - (7:18) 123 BPM
Leca - "Den Fantastiske Fuzzn" - (6:13) 120 BPM
Flash Atkins & Charlie Sinclair - "That Hit" - (8:29) 115 BPM
MORDISCO - "Musica De Baile" - (5:53) 119 BPM
Neon Transmission - "Driving Me Crazy" - (5:13) 125 BPM
Rave-Enka - "Full Fres" - (7:59) 121 BPM
Third Attempt - "Long Story Short" - (7:17) 113 BPM
Mr. Tea - "History Of The Future" - (8:18) 118 BPM
De Fantastiske To - "Rett Pa Sak" - (9:47) 120 BPM
Richard Seaborne - "Susy" - (8:03) 118 BPM
Review: If proof was needed that the term 'deep house' now encompasses a much wider range of sounds and styles than it once did, just compare this latest 'Paper Cuts' installment to any volume in Paper's seminal late 90s 'Splinter' series... we have, indeed, come a long way baby, and the more traditionally minded might argue that much of what's here would sit better under the umbrellas marked Balearica or leftfield electronica. But 'Paper Cuts #5' certainly makes for a varied and engaging listen, with standouts including Mordisco's strutty, punk-funkish 'Musica De Baile', the warped funk of Minus The Majors' 'Peanut Dust' and Neon Transmission's rave-basslined, pop-vocalled 'Driving Me Crazy'.
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PAPR 305
02 Jun 21
Deep House
Reisen
Havet - (7:56) 118 BPM Hot
Seilet - (6:52) 119 BPM
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PAPW 292
05 May 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
It's A Factory
The Prophet (For Sasha) - (9:35) 59 BPM
U Slip - (5:51) 58 BPM
Got Bolts (Keita Sano On The Shore remix) - (7:39) 59 BPM Hot
Got Bolts - (4:51) 59 BPM
The Prophet (Video edit) - (5:46) 59 BPM
Review: Oddio Factory, a Parisian duo with members by the unlikely names of Mysextape and Black, come to Manchester stable Paper with a leftfield-leaning EP packing three tracks in a total of five mixes. The three originals - 'The Prophet', 'U Slip' and 'Got Bolts' - generally operate in the musical zone delineated by Giorgio Moroder, Italo-disco and John Carpenter soundtracks, and it's not unreasonable to assume the legendary synth of the same name may have played its part in the genesis of the first track, which comes in full-length and Video Edit passes. That just leaves Keita to flip the script, remix-wise, with his deep/tribal/prog rework of 'Got Bolts'.
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PAPR 296
07 Apr 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
The Troms? Collective Vol 2
Third Attempt - "Push" - (7:14) 120 BPM
LP Martin - "Gone" - (4:52) 114 BPM
Third Attempt - "Diskotek" - (6:39) 116 BPM Hot
LP Martin - "Define Jazz" - (5:18) 117 BPM
Review: The mighty Paper Recordings bring us a split EP from two producers who (as the EP title kinda hints!) both hail from Troms? in Norway: Keecen and Torje Spilde AKA Third Attempt. The deep disco-house of Third Attempt's 'Push' and wonked-out squelch of Keecen's 'Gone' are just the hors d'oeuvres: it's the entr?es that make this EP essential. Third Attempt's 'Discotek' is a bass-y, brassy stomper - complete with Loleatta vocal bites - that could get the dead up and dancin', while Keecen's 'Define Jazz' rocks more of that phat, squelchy bottom-end and wouldn't have disgraced Basement Jaxx in their 'Remedy'-era prime.
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PAPR 285
24 Mar 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
Heart Throbbing Lover: Part II
Heart Throbbing Lover (Eric Kupper remix) - (7:44) 122 BPM
Heart Throbbing Lover (Tal M. Klein remix) - (5:01) 109 BPM
Heart Throbbing Lover (The Shoplifters remix) - (6:33) 120 BPM
Heart Throbbing Lover (Eric Kupper dub) - (7:44) 122 BPM Hot
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PAPR 297B
11 Mar 21
Deep House
Big Daddy
Crazy Cousins - (5:39) 120 BPM
Reset & Soane - "Tropical Snowstorm" - (8:24) 129 BPM
Kenneth Ave Shuffle - (4:53) 110 BPM Hot
Go Master - (7:39) 132 BPM
Boavida (feat Robson Santos) - (5:06) 122 BPM
Troffman - "Guana Bara" - (7:25) 125 BPM
Leap Of Faith - (5:28) 125 BPM
Not Without You - (5:15) 83 BPM
Troffman - "Big Al G" - (10:12) 125 BPM
All I Need (feat Freestyle & Boh Runga) - (4:30) 87 BPM
Syncopated Music - (5:55) 116 BPM
Getting High - (6:20) 125 BPM
Secret Weapon - (3:51) 110 BPM
Troffman - "Le Saucier" - (7:02) 119 BPM
Reset & Soane - "Herringbone" - (7:44) 127 BPM
The Tonic (instrumental mix) - (2:24) 95 BPM
Song For Sesilia - (6:12) 127 BPM
Runaway (feat Hassanah Iroegbu) - (5:30) 85 BPM
Magik J & Soane - "Saxy Beast" - (8:40) 126 BPM
Where Do We Go (feat Anthony Gold) - (5:58) 125 BPM
Magik J & Soane - "Vivo En Rio" - (7:02) 128 BPM
Review: Wow is the word, as Paper bring us a 'best of' collection honouring Tongan producer Soane Filitonga, who died in 2014. It opens with a serviceable but unexceptional cover of Cherelle & O'Neal's 'Saturday Love', setting the tone for a set that is packed with contemporary funk/disco grooves, with nods to Latin and bruk beat on cuts like 'Tropical Snowstorm' and 'Boavida'. But there is a lot more going on here than simple pastiche/homage - there's the energetic, rolling jazz-house of the excellent 'Guana Bara', there's Raw Silk covered inna slo-mo, lo-fi hi-hop style ('Secret Weapon'), there's Hassanah Iroegbu-sung ballad 'Runaway' (think 'Des'ree does folk-tinged Balearica'), and so it goes on...
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PAPR 300
24 Feb 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
The In Crowd Remixes
The In Crowd (original mix) - (7:47) 118 BPM
The In Crowd (Massey remix) - (6:42) 118 BPM
The In Crowd (From Beyond remix) - (8:00) 113 BPM Hot
The In Crowd (Soundersons remix) - (6:53) 110 BPM
Review: For those that don't know, 'The In Crowd' was a 1965 soul cut by Dobie Gray that became a defining Mod scene anthem, before being covered in lounge lizard fashion by Roxy Music in 1974. It's the latter version that's sampled on this epic, surging slab of synthy nu-disco from Paper main main Ben Davis AKA Flash Atkins, albeit only the acid-enhanced Massey Remix actually uses the vocal. The other two rubs come from From Beyond and Soundersons: the former has a weirded-out, Beyond The Wizard's Sleeve kinda feel while the latter slows things down and gives the track a slightly rockier edge.
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PAPR 268
27 Jan 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
Meanders
Down The Docks - (5:47) 119 BPM
Empty Boulevard - (5:29) 121 BPM
Beats Of No Nation - (5:23) 115 BPM Hot
Review: Tom Lonsborough and Col Hamilton, better known to most as 2 Billion Beats, return to their regular home of Paper Recordings with three tracks of synth-y contemporary disco. 'Down The Docks' has echoes of 80s synth-pop and centres around a fat squelchy bassline that's married to a jaunty, nagging keys riff. 'Empty Boulevard' (the pick for this writer) is a smoother ride that would slide nicely into deep or progressive house sets, while finally 'Beats Of No Nation' is a quirkier cut with multiple competing vocal samples and synths that get more and more acidic as the track progresses.
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PAPR 283
02 Dec 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
Presidio
Mr. Tea - "Love Ain't Perfect" - (7:22) 120 BPM Hot
Mr. Tea - "Dramatic Entrance" - (8:10) 120 BPM
Mr. Tea - "feat Wonder - Before The Rain" - (7:35) 118 BPM
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PAPD 281
21 Oct 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
Warriors Of The African Sun
Pauper - (6:21) 122 BPM
Myth - (7:16) 122 BPM
War - (5:45) 118 BPM Hot
Played by: Flash Atkins
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PAPR 289
07 Oct 20
Deep House
Looking Back
All That We Do (original mix) - (6:43) 119 BPM Hot
All That We Do (live dub) - (7:52) 120 BPM
NYC (original mix) - (7:10) 117 BPM
Remember (Jack mix) - (6:24) 122 BPM
Remember (2020 Remaster) - (6:12) 117 BPM
Review: Burlington's Ryan Kick (Hustle & Flow/Northwest Connection) is up next on Mancunian deep house institution Paper Recordings. They claim 'Looking Back' harks back to the old school sound of the label, when deep house was actually deep house - and we concur! There are nods to Chicago, Detroit and NYC throughout this one: from the sensual deepness of "All That We Do", to the low slung and hypnotising energy of "NYC" or the looped-up old school vibe of "Remember" (Jack mix) - the label was spot on when they claimed that this release was keeping it real!
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PAPR 287
26 Aug 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
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