It’s a well known fact that an artist’s work is deeply rooted in his or hers surroundings which is exactly why Paper Tiger’s music is as eclectic. With an enormous knowledge of music and impressive array of projects – old, new and from the future – it’s easy to see why it’s almost impossible to put their work in a box. On a more broader level, this is what one could say about London – the constant buzz, the ever-present creative spirit, the turmoil, the busyness of the city, these are things that make London the one-of-a-kind city that it is.
Therefore, it comes as no surprise that Paper Tiger would pay homage to the capital in their typical fashion: a rich space-funk-marries-hip-hop instrumental, with witty rhymes delivered by South London-based Raphael Attar. The name of the track? Why Rush, of course.
As the title suggests, Rush is about the city that most of its inhabitants experience on a daily basis – “noisy, brilliant, infuriating and mainly just extremely goddamn busy. If you can make it to work and back without having to run to catch a train/bus/tube, standing on someone’s toes, getting in someone’s way or having your personal space invaded by a street evangelist, then you’ve had a successful day” said Greg Surmacz (Paper Tiger).
Paper Tiger’s ode to London comes completed by an animated video brilliantly realised by animator Sean Proctor. “We wanted to pay tribute to this wonderful city and its creaking transport system by making an accompanying video. All the other visuals for our album ‘Blast Off’ have been animated so far, so we wanted to continue this theme but with a twist – an animated MC making his way through real streets” Greg added.
The finished article has exceeded all our expectations – we hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
“Interesting!” Jazzie B, Soul II Soul
“Man I love and miss that distinctly London vibe. A timely release for a city going through dramas but that I know will come through stronger.” DJ Osric, RTRFM, Perth, Western Australia