Sunday mix-tapes bring the sounds that are inspiring your favourite producers to your Sunday nights, wherever you may be.
Sunday mixtape: Papertoy
Sydney based producer Papertoy put together this eclectic mix of national and international tunes ranging from the realm of hip hop, Rnb and general electronic badassery for the first ever run of Sunday mix tapes. Papertoy has been turning a lot of heads of late and is certainly one to watch in 2014. We asked him a few questions about the tracks and himself which you should read before listening in. Be sure to check out Papertoy’s new single “Glad You’re Here” ahead of it’s release later this month here. Not only is it amazing, this way you can say “I knew him before he was famous”. Other than that, sit back, turn up, tune out and enjoy.
Finally, thanks to our good mate Dan Finn for letting us use his fantastic illustrative work as Sunday mixtape’s cover. See more at http://www.danieldesigns.net/
Hi Papertoy! Who are you, what do you do, and what’s with the name?
Hey, my name is Bevis, I make beats under the moniker Papertoy. I make a bunch of stuff but its all centred around hip hop. The name came about because I was trying to think of a name for ages but couldn’t and one day I walked into my housemates room and saw a book called Papertoy Monsters and I said “I’m going to call myself Papertoy”, and he said, “That’s actually cool” and so it stuck.
When did you start making beats and why?
I started making beats seriously in 2012 but didn’t seriously release anything apart from entering a few remix comps until first quarter of 2013 really. I had Ableton for a while before but was really terrible and didn’t take it seriously at all. I basically started because I used to play drums and where I was living I couldn’t practice because they’re so loud so was just a way to get my musical fix really. I also liked the fact that you don’t have to rely on others to make music.
What equipment do you use to make your tunes? Have you got a favourite drum machine / synth?
I use Ableton, NI Maschine, MIDI keys and my monitors basically. I have heaps of soft synths but no real hardware because it’s too expensive for me at the moment. That’s what I really want to get into though for sure. Once I have more of a designated studio space I’m going to look into that. But at the moment I’d say my favourite synth is Sylenth just because I use it so much!
What does a usual day in the life of Papertoy consist of?
A usual day for me is something like getting up early for work, then coming home and working on music, which I do in every spare moment. Often I make a lot of stuff just sitting in the park with my lappy in between work shifts. Then seeing my girlfriend, seeing mates, cooking Asian cuisine (haha), drinking…
And finally, please tell us about the mixtape that you have curated for us.
Alright so it’s basically just 5 tracks that I’m really into at the moment. Varies from more rnbish stuff to straight up Drill from Chicago. Got two Aussie producers in there who I really like at the moment and 3 international guys. All these songs are on repeat at the moment and I seriously advise following all these guys because they’re all super dope.
Brandy & Monica – Boy is Mine (Falcons Remix)
First song is from Los Angeles producer Falcons. It’s a remix of Brandy and Monica’s track Boy is Mine. I love Falcons style and this was the first track I heard of his and it’s still my favourite to date. Love the horns!
SZA – Pray (prod. Felix Snow)
SZA is one of the latest signee’s to TDE ENT, which is the label Kendrick Lamar, and all of the Black Hippy rappers are on. She makes awesome rnb with amazingly slick production. Felix Snow produced this beat and it is so nice!
Kit Pop – Hope You’re Listening
Kit Pop is a dope producer from Perth. There’s so many amazing producers coming out of Perth, it’s nuts! I just really love the atmosphere of this track and just the way it keeps building up. Just makes me feel really good listening to it.
Chiefs – Tsunami
This shit just bangs so hard. Love Chiefs style. Melodic tracks but they go really hard. Just as easy to listen to on your own on Sunday morning as it is in the club. Chiefs is definitely one of my favourite guys to listen to at the moment.
King Louie – Tony
King Louie is definitely one of my favourite rappers at the moment. Hits a perfect balance between the kind of ignorant street rap style and actually be a good rapper. I love all this kind of trap and drill music stuff, it’s just so much fun and the beats have so much energy. Love his flow on this track, just sounds like he’s having a good time with it and enjoying himself. Love it!
By Nathan ● 18 Jan 2014