Paper Tiger
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Paper Tiger

Leeds, England, United Kingdom | INDIE

Leeds, England, United Kingdom | INDIE
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“Sparkling live future bass music. An 8-piece band straight out of Wolverhampton, Paper Tiger manage to put together all that’s best about current electronic music together in one package. Dubstep DJs should look to lead track ‘Delight Dub’, but the title track’s a jazzy roller not to be ignored. Intricate but punchy, weird but very wonderful, this is really lush stuff.” – 4/5 Mixmag - Mixmag

“Given how the off-grid rhythms of Brainfeeder/LuckyMe/Hoya:Hoya etc. are informed by the ‘liveness’ of cutting and MPC-bashing, it’s a natural (if risky) corollary to bring a live group to bear on the sound. This Wolverhampton/Leeds collective allow good natured slam-poet rapping and neo-soul vocals to dilute the intensity of their previous releases, but when those vocals are backgrounded it is once again more club than festival tent. ’7th Guide’ takes the synth-prog density of a Rustie or Slugabed and lifts it on clouds of Don Cherry rhythm with just the weight of a dub bassline stopping it from drifting off. ‘Slow It Down’ allows a house groove to evolve out of a fecund ecosystem of cosmic jazz and analogue animal calls. These are tentative steps into some rewarding territory.” - The Wire - The Wire


‘Amazing.’ – Gilles Peterson (BBC Radio One/6 Music)

‘Ridiculous!’ – Mistajam (BBC 1xtra)

‘Really into this.’ – LV (Hyperdub)

‘Really like the music.’ – Coldcut (Ninja Tune)

‘Absolutely sick!’ – Gaslamp Killer (Brainfeeder)

‘I love these tracks… really excited about this.’ – Joe Goddard (Hot Chip/The 2 Bears)

‘Isn’t it lovely? Wonderful, lovely stuff.’ – Lauren Laverne (BBC Radio 6 Music)

‘Great combination of real instruments and electronics.’ – Fulgeance (One Handed)

‘Pure fire!’ – Charlie Dark (Blacktronica/Attica Blues)

‘Perfect blend of souly vibes and hard knockin’ thump.’ – Slugabed (Ninja Tune)

‘The live band… is really tight, really impressed.’ – Natural Self (Tru Thoughts)

‘One of the most exciting young beatmaking outfits around, with a deep understanding of musicality and a penchant for a dirty bass line.’ – Dom Servini (Wah Wah 45s, Colourful Radio)

‘Sick.’ – Jazzsteppa

‘Love it.’ – Daz-I-Kue (Bugz In The Attic)


‘Undoubtedly the night’s show stealers… joyous, genre-annhilating.’ – Daily Star

‘A rare and unexpected gem. Technically brilliant…a diverse and refreshing journey through modern music.’ – CityLifers Magazine

‘…the unreserved success of the night, with their lyrical quips and infectious beats.’ – Leeds Student

‘…impossible to stand still to. A truly innovative act.’ – Counterfeit Magazine - Various


2010 - 'Good Feelings (feat. Sabira Jade)' - part of 'Oscillations' compilation [Jus Like Music]

2010 - DELS 'Trumpalump (Paper Tiger Remix)' [Big Dada]

2011 - Worldwide Takeover EP [Jus Like Music]

2011 - Stac 'Strainger (Paper Tiger Remix)' [Wah Wah 45s]

2011 - Send Me (Single) [Jus Like Music]

2012 - Illuminated EP [Mind On Fire]

2012 - Priceless EP [Wah Wah 45s]

2013 - Come Correct EP feat. Foreign Beggars [Wah Wah 45s]

Paper Tiger music has been broadcast on the following radio stations:

Rinse FM (Track of the week, Julie Adenuga)
BBC Radio One (Mary Anne Hobbs, Nick Grimshaw)
BBC Radio 6 Music (Lauren Laverne, Steve Lamacq)
BBC Radio 1xtra (Mistajam)
XFM (John Kennedy, Eddy Temple-Morris)
Q Radio (Caroline Beavon ‘New To Q’)
NME Radio (Goldierocks)



"Puts together all that's best about electronic. Intricate yet punchy, weird but very wonderful." - Mixmag

Paper Tiger began life many years ago as a bedroom experiment: produced electronic music incorporating live instruments and musicians. Since then the project has gone from strength to strength, gaining support from Radio 1, 1xtra, 6Music, Coldcut, Jamie xx, Mixmag, The Wire and many more DJs, radio shows and publications.

Over the past 18 months, a 7-piece live band has been performing these productions and more to packed out audiences across Europe. The shows are a fully live, uninterrupted mix of downtempo hip-hop, broken beat, dubstep and more: no sequencers or backing tracks, just furious pushing of buttons and flailing of limbs. The band has shared stages and festival bills with the likes of Nightmares On Wax, Hexstatic, Trojan Soundsystem, Jaga Jazzist, Dub Pistols, The Bug and Warrior Queen, Rustie, The Herbaliser, Mary-Anne Hobbs, Bonobo, Benji B, Daedelus, Gaslamp Killer, Benga and more. They also do DJ sets with live musicians and vocalists.