“Isn’t it lovely? Wonderful, lovely stuff.” – Lauren Laverne (BBC 6Music)
“Puts together all that’s best about current electronic music. Intricate but punchy, weird but very wonderful… this is really lush stuff.” – Mixmag
“Great combination of real instruments and electronics.” – Fulgeance
“Oh my god, (this tune is) ridiculous!!” – Mistajam (BBC Radio 1xtra)
Paper Tiger began life many years ago as a teenage bedroom experiment in suburban Wolverhampton: electronically-produced music incorporating live instruments and musicians. Whilst independently releasing a number of EPs and delivering some heavyweight remixes, this exciting young outfit not only caught the ear of luminaries like Jamie XX and Lauren Laverne, but also our ears here at Wah Wah 45s.
Their emphasis on blending organic sounds with electronic production techniques resulted in a unique proposition, and one that fitted perfectly with the label: music which is interesting and technically proficient, but remains vibrant, colourful and funky… captivating both in headphones and on the dancefloor.
Paper Tiger’s full-length debut, entitled Laptop Suntan, was released on Wah Wah 45s in late 2013, with a mighty fine follow up remix album, Sultan Ant Pop, dropping in 2014 and featuring remixes from Sam Redmore and LV.
Paper Tiger’s second album, Blast Off, represented a big step-up for the project, the result of refining and defining their process and sound, making it funkier, more live-sounding and experimental than their previous work.
Once the finishing touches had been put on their 2nd album, 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 was to become their 3rd album, Rogue Planet, which was released in the spring of 2019. The album is without a doubt their finest and most accomplished work to date, featuring guest performances from Lando Chill, Steve Spacek and Noya Rao vocailst Olivia Bhattacharjee, as well as long time front man, rapper and sometimes comedic genius, Raphael Attar. Along side this trio of musical delights, Wah Wah 45s also shared a glimpse into the full Paper Tiger live band in action with the 4-part live mixtape series, Sonic Boom Head Zoom – released on limited double cassette too!
“Pure fire!” – Charlie Dark (Blacktronica/Attica Blues)
“Perfect blend of souly vibes and hard knockin’ thump.” – Slugabed (Ninja Tune)
“…impossible to stand still to. A truly innovative act…” – Counterfeit Magazine
“Undoubtedly the night’s show-stealers… joyous, genre-annhilating.” – Daily Star
Paper Tiger Website
“A rare and unexpected gem. Technically brilliant…a diverse and refreshing journey through modern music.” – CityLifers Magazine