Paper Dragon have joined forces with Lateral for an electrifying Drum & Bass reinterpretation of the profound and captivating track ‘Holding On’. Formerly a duo, Lateral, now represented solely by Ben Adcock, has elevated the tempo to 174BPM, crafting a colossal beast of a track that immerses you in the dance experience from start to finish. Rising sirens intertwine with aggressive bass lines and gritty breaks, all harmonized with the soulful vocals of Ruth Royall in ‘Holding On’. The original version of the song has garnered positive feedback, receiving support from Jeremiah Asiamah on BBC R1 and recently earning recognition in the DJ set of My Nu Leng.
Lateral made their debut on YANA Music, the label established by Toronto is Broken, in 2021. Throughout the lockdown period in 2020, Ben remained glued to his PC, resulting in the release of his debut singles ‘Do It’ and ‘Take Me Away’. These were followed by the immensely popular dancefloor hit ‘Every Nite’, as well as remixes for tracks by Toronto Is Broken, including ‘Taking Over’ and the hard-hitting dancefloor sensation ‘Between Planes’, which gained significant DJ support across the continent.
Ben has collaborated with some of the most prominent vocalists in the current music scene, such as Aleya Mae on the dancefloor anthem ‘Chasing The Sun’, Emilie Rachel on ‘The Inside’ (which Mollie Collins selected as her best track of the week for her Kiss FM show), and the legendary Foreign Beggars frontman PAV4N for an energetic collaboration with MYKOOL titled ‘Fiction’,
Following the success of ‘Holding On’ and ‘Say My Name’, both supported by Jeremiah Asiamah on Radio 1 and James Threlfall on BBC Introducing, Paper Dragon presents the third single from the highly anticipated ‘Amplified Nostalgia Collection’, set to be released later this year.
Paper Dragon returns in 2023, building upon the well-received EPs ‘Birds of Paradise’ and ‘Circuits’, Their forthcoming music collection, ‘Amplified Nostalgia’, delves into darker and deeper sonic territories, providing an immersive journey propelled by raw breakbeats and astonishingly powerful basslines.
The collective’s other talented members, Bruce Turner, Kris Burton, Jonathan Savage, and keys player Torsten Jensen, uphold their commitment to top-notch production. Together, they have collaborated with esteemed artists such as U2, Kate Bush, Massive Attack, Rick Rubin, Brian Eno, Underworld, KOAN Sound, TC, Distorted Minds, Mura Masa, NAO, Mount Kimbie, and Fred V & Grafix.
Paper Dragon has established a solid presence in the dance music scene and is now poised to enter this new phase. Their tracks have become regular features on Spotify editorial playlists, and they have received airplay on BBC Radio 1, with their single ‘Reach’ going from being dubbed “The Coldest Record” on the Sound System with Jeremiah Asiamah to becoming one of Clara Amfo‘s “Hottest Records of the Week.” They have previously collaborated with artists such as Grafix, Axel Boy, CLIQUES, and more, while their live performances have led them to grace the BBC Introducing festival stage.
In 2023, it’s time to return to the roots of old-school music.
Check out our premiere of Paper Dragon ‘Holding On’ (Lateral Remix) below. The track drops this Friday 14th July via Our Space. Grab a copy from here!