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Blast Off / Paper Tiger

Paper Tiger - Blast Off

Wah Wah 45s

Paper Tiger is a six piece band out of Leeds that made quite a splash with their 2013 debut "Laptop Suntan". Their second LP entitled "Blast Off" picks up where they left off with funky futuristic hip-hop beats and layered electronic production augmented by edgy lyrics from the band's leader and lyricist Raphael Attar. In addition the group has enlisted an eclectic array of guests whose talents mesh seamlessly with their sound. Among the highlights are the intergalactic funk gem "Weight In Space" featuring Shafiq Husayn. "Same Mistakes" is filled with off kilter beats and synths. "Ooh" features heralded Stones Throw member Pyramid Vritra spitting over an obscure beat.The disc closes with "Ongami Sessions", featuring red hot rapper Chester Watson displaying his monotone flow over laid back moody rhythms. The expansive layers of beats and synths will make you move and doesn't let up. You won't complain, instead you'll just keep coming back for more. Another impressive release from the superb Wah Wah 45s label.

Reg Dancy, 09/16