“Solid instrumental excursions that touch on everything from twisted beats to dancefloor jams and dubby melancholia. Basically, it’s solid, like the laptop I’m writing this on.” FACT Magazine
“Isn’t it lovely? Wonderful, lovely stuff.” Lauren Laverne (BBC Radio 6 Music)
“Some of the most beautiful, but danceable electronic music I’ve heard.” Earmilk
“British beats as good as you’d get on Brainfeeder.” DJ Mag
“Amazing… one of the best albums of 2013.” Diesler (Tru Thoughts)
“Dope record… some sick tracks on there!” Paul White (One Handed)
“One wafer-thin mint of audio deliciousness… Basically, it’s an amalgam of the best of multiple underground scenes.” Passion Of The Weiss
Paper Tiger currently consists of:
Greg Surmacz – production, electronics, woodwind
Vital – production, turntables, samples
Pedro y el Lobo – production
Oliver Cadman – keyboards/synths
Sam Vicary – bass guitar, double bass
Matt Davies – drums, drum machine
Raphael Attar – vocals
Paper Tiger began in a bedroom in suburban Wolverhampton: music-obsessed teenagers compared notes on African funk compilations, Japanese animation, soundsystem culture, apocalyptic space-rap and Miles Davis’ little-known collaboration with Sting.
After experimenting with live musicianship and technology, their first demos were rewarded with airplay from legendary Radio 1 tastemaker Steve Lamacq. Taking their early cues from acts on forward-thinking labels like Ninja Tune, Warp, Stones Throw, Tru Thoughts, Mo’ Wax and Def Jux, they continued to evolve; striving to make music with intelligence and technical skill, while remaining funky, vibrant and danceable.
Now based in Leeds, between them they have heaps of musical experience and knowledge from which to draw, a seamless blend of electronic wizardry and good old-fashioned jazz chops. Their live shows of head-nodding future hip-hop and dancefloor-killing broken beats have garnered praise from people across the high-low art spectrum (from Mary-Anne Hobbs to the Daily Star) and seen them share stages with Amon Tobin, Quantic, The Bug, Jaga Jazzist, Hexstatic, Nightmares On Wax, Bonobo, Alice Russell, Rustie, Hudson Mohawke, Dam Funk, Daedelus and Gaslamp Killer to name a few.
Their productions have seen collaborations with vocalists Homeboy Sandman (Stones Throw), Infinite Livez (Big Dada), Josh Idehen (Benin City, LV) and Foreign Beggars. Their releases have had airplay on Radio 1, 6 Music, 1xtra, Rinse FM, XFM and more, plus support from Mixmag, The Wire, Q, FACT, Jamie xx, Coldcut, Slugabed, Bugz In The Attic, Mr Scruff, Alex Nut, LV and countless other DJs, blogs and publications.
Paper Tiger’s debut album, ‘Laptop Suntan’, is out now via the Wah Wah 45s label. An accompanying remix album, ‘Sultan Ant Pop’, followed at the end of 2014, featuring contributions from Werkha (Tru Thoughts), LV (Keysound, Hyperdub), Murder He Wrote (Skint, Soundcrash), Memotone (Black Acre, Project Mooncircle) and more.
No shows booked at the moment.