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There's so many faceless/ hand stamped type techno 12" s knocking about these days it's almost like this low key approach is intended to create some hype and then the anti-branding becomes a brand. It can get a bit gimmicky I reckon but it seems to work. When I read stuff like "by established artists working incognito" I never know whether it's just bullshit to try and get some interest happening ...

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8/10 Ant Staff review, 15 July 2013

There's so many faceless/ hand stamped type techno 12" s knocking about these days it's almost like this low key approach is intended to create some hype and then the anti-branding becomes a brand. It can get a bit gimmicky I reckon but it seems to work. When I read stuff like "by established artists working incognito" I never know whether it's just bullshit to try and get some interest happening in a new artist. I've known folks in the past making uncredited 12"s and trying to get their mates to say it's probably Richie Hawtin to try and get folk to buy into it. Some funny shit happens in this game!

Not that I suspect that's the case here though. The two artists involved are apparently a couple of English drummers that have previously worked with some top African collectives. You immediately think of Blawan but he's not the first and only techno producer to have roots in playing drums.

So anyway Papers is a new project, both the name of the label and artists and the first fruits are a varied three tracks. The first of which demonstrates their knowledge of percussion as function for body movement, although there's no obvious flair of spectacular drum programming but it's hypnotic with some bubbling 303 action to keep the floor moving and it has some good energy and little twists and turns.

The second track is a heavy off-beat cut with haunting synths that recall later period Sandwell District then things get all crunched and scrumpled up with distorted mangled breaks creating the odd fill and then back to the dreamy synths.

Finally There's a driving techno workout with metallic pulses and hissy hi-hats and a breakdown of thunderous kicks and that ethereal string/ synth. At moments it has a bit of a feel of Function’s recent ‘Incubation’ album on Osgut Ton.

Three decent tracks, I wonder who it is? I'm nosey like that but really it matters not.


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