Back for their second dose of Hyp Mix action are Leeds via Wolverhampton six piece Paper Tiger. A truly unique proposition, Paper Tiger use Hip-Hop as the jump off point for their live explorations of everything from Dubstep to Jazz, touring with the prestigious likes of Dam-Funk, Tokimonsta and Trojan Soundsystem. Frequently finding themselves at a wonderfully unclassifiable junction between genres, Paper Tiger recently committed some of their live magic on to record with the release of their debut LP, ‘Laptop Suntan’. Capturing the group’s natural groove, knack for experimentation and tongue in cheek attitude, the album is the perfect introduction to one of the country’s most consistently intriguing acts.
Stepping up for Hyp 156, Greg of Paper Tiger looks back to his and the rest of the band’s formative years with a selection of Hip-Hop from the decade long period between 1996 and 2006. Collating the sample wizardry of DJ Shadow’s magnum opus ‘Endtroducing’ with the live band styling of The Roots, the surrealism of El-P’s Def Jux crew and the future facing pop of Timbaland and The Neptunes, the mix is a love letter to Hip-Hop which is designed to show, in Greg’s own words; “storytelling to surreal escapism, social commentary to swaggering braggadocio”. Listen to the mix and then get ready to listen again as Greg runs through some classics and overlooked gems on this week’s mix.
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