"Another new series in the world of R$N where we light a candle to institutions marking significant points in their evolution, kicking off with Manchester's Paper Recordings who hit their 20th anniversary this year. Originally set up by Miles Hollway, Elliot Eastwick and Ben Davis over the years they've released pieces of house wax for everyone from Crazy P to Salt City Orchestra to Deadstock 33's."
NOT TO LIVE DOWN MEMORY STREET BUT AS IT’S 20 YEARS CAN YOU PICK 20 MUSICAL OR OTHER HIGHLIGHTS IN THE WORLD OF PAPER.
Good Lord, who's marking? OK, I'll give it a go!
1. The Name - After a long night in the pub we came up with the name for the reasons that it was a blank canvas and had no connotations. Others in the running included Elvis!
2. Timing - We started at the perfect time, as there weren't that many labels around in 1994. Pap001 was a humdinger (see below) so we hit the ground running and followed it with a slew of very good records that put us on the map.
3. The Book - I think our first release was probably the label's highpoint so it was all-downhill from there! It still sounds amazing and helped kickstart a new kind of house music.
4. Nu Brit House - It's never great to be labeled and lumped in with a movement but there were other labels like 20:20 Vision and Nuphonic doing a similar thing and that's what it was called. We were making music that could compete with US house music and there was real confidence in the quality UK labels.
5. Robodisco - Our flagship night that spent time in pretty much every club in Manchester and there were some bllinders. It gave us an excuse to put on the DJs we wanted to hear starting off with Derrick Carter and looking back now its a pretty amazing role call: Lil Louis, Les Rhythm Digitales, Dimitri From Paris, Faze Action Live, Josh Wink, Romanthony, Ian Pooley and on it goes. We worked out how much money we'd lost on it all told once and it was an eye wateringly tidy sum that could have bought us a nice new car instead so professional promoting was never our strongest suit. We nearly always just about broke even and then got the bar bill!
See the full article from 'Ransome note' here