Papercup Records

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Label · Germany
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The Papercup Records family comprises more than 25 artists. Imagine the label as a tree growing out of a paper cup. It turns a disposable product into a sustainable foundation, the perfect metaphor for a DIY company. A family tree with branches bearing fruit that appeals to different tastes. The tribe that everyone would like to have because they are loved for their quirks. The label is not limited to any musical genre, not locked into one style. Diversity is what makes the Papercup Records sound. Crossbreeds. Intersections. Unique acts attract the most colorful birds with tunes that linger. The artists also hop from branch to branch. Many connect in a microcosmic friendship, cross-fertilizing their skills, beats, and performances. They appreciate, respect, and support each other. Papercup Records was just an idea at first. Timid Tiger’s album ‘The Streets Are Black’ was released on a newly founded sub-label via Buback, Hamburg. But Keshavara’s first single in 2016 planted the seed. Since then, label owners Keshav Purushotham and Steffen Wilmking, aka Steddy, have nurtured what has flourished without ever having an idea of what it would turn out to be. Even in the face of 3-4 releases a week, they are still surprised by the glamorous rustling of guitars in the wind, a tendril-like surface on mossy bass, or a melodic chorus that spontaneously takes root. Diversification is a signature move. Bedroom songwriting. Future hip hop. Ghost pop. Neo-Indie. Modern soul. The label's history goes back to its founders' years of experience and times together in the pop business. One is a musician, composer, lyricist, producer, and DJ. The other is a producer, drummer, multi-instrumentalist, and mixing and mastering engineer. Their skills merged seamlessly, which is how Papercup Records naturally sprouted. Let's call it a Biotope. Or a Home of Sweet, Sweet Music. It's magical, just like the tree growing from the paper cup.
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  • Genres
    Beats / Lo-fi
    Dream pop
    Electronica
    Grime
    Indie folk
    Indie India
    Instrumental hip-hop
    Psychedelic pop
    Psychedelic rock
    Soul
  • Moods
    Authentic
    Catchy
    Contemporary
    Dark
    Experimental
    Indie
    Lo-fi
    Melodic
    Underground
    Weird
  • Attributes
    Acoustic guitar
    Bass guitar
    Beatmaker
    Beats
    Instrumental
    Low fidelity
    Finished track
    Drums
    Professional production
    Synths
    Urban sounds
    Vocals
    International potential
    Unsigned artist
    Upcoming project
They are also open to receiving...
  • Genres
    Disco
    Dub
    Hyperpop
    Indie pop
    Instrumental
    Modern jazz
    R&B
    Trip hop
  • Moods
    Creative
    Unique
    Midtempo
  • Attributes
    Autotune
    Brass
    Demos
    Electric guitar
    Electronic sounds
    Piano
    Sync-friendly
    Early project
    Supported artist
    Young talent
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  • Genres
    Blues
    Christian Music
    Classical music
    Death / Thrash
    Deep house
    Electro swing
    Hard Dance / Hardcore / Hardstyle
    Pop Punk
    Rock & Roll / Classic Rock
    Tech House
  • Mood
    Hardcore
  • Attributes
    Covers
    Freestyle
    Live recording
    Remix
    Available on Spotify
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  • Artists from any country/region
  • Unreleased tracks only

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