PAPER TIGER / SONIC BOOM HEAD ZOOM 4

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Squiggly Synths

In late 2015, once the finishing touches had been put on their 2nd album ‘Blast Off’, Paper Tiger went back into the studio in order to capitalise on the creative momentum from the project. As with previous sessions at their regular home of ATA Studios, there was a wealth of material generated from a single day of recording. Much of this provided the starting point for what has become their 3rd album, due for release in 2018, but for now here is the latest instalment of the live mixtape series, ‘Sonic Boom Head Zoom 4’.

Like previous volumes, SBHZ4 is a beat tape made up of live jams, totally improvised and recorded in a single day. This latest set is stuffed full of head-nodding, off-kilter rap beats full of natural swing and groove that you only get with the tightest rhythm sections, pushed into left-field with squiggly synths, curveball sample choices and stoopid-smart similes from MC Raphael Attar. While more focused than the last edition, it’s still not averse to the odd jazz freak-out. Just don’t mention ‘Whiplash’…

Reactions

“I have loved all of these to date and this is another dope session. I dig each track but the funkiness of ‘Herewego’ had me sold. Going straight into the play bag.” Robert Steer, mixcloud.com/mrlob (Melbourne, Australia)

“Ok!” Jazzie B, BBC, Solar Radio, Worldwide (Unted Kingdom)

“Nice! Some really dope jams in here!” Aly Gillani, First Word Records / Excursions Radio Show (United Kingdom)

“Dope!” Herma Puma, The Airwaves of Portsea Island / www.hermapuma.com

 

“Fan!” Olivier Cavaller, www.delabonnemusique.fr / www.rinse.fr

“MEGA SPACE JAZZ!” Jamie Groovement, groovement.co.uk / Reform Radio (United Kingdom)

“So much good musical food to digest here! Nice work.” Chris Greenwood, Louie Louie / Soas Radio / Mi-Soul Radio (United Kingdom)

“Nice tracks!” Jason Deckstatic, No.8, XL, Space Ibiza NYC, 1 Oak Southampton, Boujis (London, United Kingdom)

“Love!” Amrisha, Radar Radio / www.iamrisha.com (United Kingdom)

“This is so cool! Very talented and experienced musician/producer. Nothing to add, just brilliant!” Uldis Cirilus

“Geniale! I love it so much the rhythm architecture there and the vibrant patchwork too!” Andrea Mi, Controradio (Italy)

“All is goOd, I like ! A new dimension of good vibes with Paper Tiger as always. Peace!” Xavier JEAN

“An impressive group!” Robert Lochmann, Radio X; soulsender.de (Germany)

“Loved all of these!” Jon Brent, The Full Spectrum Radio Show

“These guys have ideas for days!” Wahwah, Stylin’ 3RRR-FM / Worldwide FM / Heard and Felt (Melbourne, Australia)

“Nice & thank you!” Allan Nicoll (South Africa)

“Some heavy bits on this, Paper Tiger doing some serious damage, looking forward to sharing these on the show!!” Alan, Multi Storey Soul Radio Show, RTE Pulse (Dublin, Ireland)

“Eclectic beats that slide across the floor !!!!” Aja Allsop, WSJR (USA)The Jazz UK,BluesJazz Radio (TX USA) Electric Lion Radio (London) Impact Radio(Italy)

“Loving it – glitchy and fun. prefer the instrumentals.” Avi, Radar Radio (United Kingdom)

“Off beat jazz out improv library – that’s Paper Tiger’s alter ego modus operandi; You Like It_? yes I do, Vol. 4 is arguably the best of the mixtapes they’ve released but lets hope there’s more Sonic Boom Head Zooms. Also check out ‘Sulk’ , ‘Jellyjel’ (one for Mr. Scruff fans), the dreamy ‘Incomprehensible’ (insturmental would be nice) and ‘Exhale’ , ‘Presto’ and the climax of ‘Whiplash’ – stunning!!! Many thanks again.” Gerry Hectic, 60 Million Postcards / Futuristica Music / Jazz Chronicles (United Kingdom)

“Complete!!” Iván Mera, Higher Street / mixcloud.com/higherclub1997

“Paper Tiger presents “Beatmaker Science Pt.4” , nice!” Sven Thomschke, Radio Z 95.8 (Germany)

“Dope !!!” Markus Milz, “Further in Fusion” Radio Corax 95.9FM (Halle, Germany)

“I like it” Anthony, Eastside Radio / Mondo Stereo

“The final part of this serie with more experimental jazzy electronic stuff with hip hop influence. innovative and intereting as always – and it’s difficult to set a favorite – have to listen it again. Sound from the future :)” Rolf Aeschimann, Openbroadcast / Red cat (Zurich, Switzerland)

“Always fresh, always killer!” Richard, Point Blank FM (London, United Kingdom)

“Really enjoyed this series. Top notch.” Jim McMaster, tngcradio.com

“Nice!” Hector Pizarro, www.valleefm.fr (France)

“They should do a full-on future jazz outing – it’d be awesome!” Phil, Starpoint Radio / Likwid / London – The World! (United Kingdom)

“Very Nice” Ben

“Another sterling selection of beats and pieces. Love!” Michael Jukes, Mile wide smile club (Brighton, United Kingdom)

“Genuine future space beats!” David Bassi, KUSF / FreeFall

“Head nod!” Junior, Eavesdrop Radio WKDU 91.7FM (United Kingdom)

“Funky paper tiger shit!” Sjoerd Neggers, www.dfelic.com (The Netherlands)

“I can’t keep up.. more ACE music” Simon Harrison, Basic Soul Radio Show (FM, Internet + podcast), Nu-World Mix (samurai.fm) + Various… / www.basic-soul.co.uk (United Kingdom)

Presto – David Bassin, Freefall Radio