When I think of Alex Botwin, aka Paper Diamond, I think of a dude whose musical style can’t be defined by any single genre; he is all over the map (in a good way). When you go to one of his live shows, you will be treated to his original productions and remixes that span tempos and genres of Glitch-Hop, Dubstep, and Electro-House. But it doesn’t stop there. A few days ago Paper Diamond premiered his newest song “40 Thieves” on Jay-Z’s blog Life+Times. Even though Jigga may not be updating the blog on a regular basis, it does carry his name so you know whoever is posting has to keep up with current and good music.
“40 Thieves” is Paper Diamond’s take on the Trap movement, with that typical 808 drum sound and many of the elements that go into this chopped and screwed type of music. I like his use of Timpani drums to give the whole thing a more epic feel. Having always been a fan of Paper Diamond’s work I can say with confidence I like what he did with this track and he continues to show his immense amount of creativity. Sure it may have less EDM elements than the popular Trap remixes out there, and it doesn’t have any lyrics, but that doesn’t matter to me. Check it for yourself.
Paper Diamond is touring this fall on his Night Vision Tour, complete with a brand new stage setup that features state of the art visuals. The reviews have been amazing so far so make sure to catch him when he comes to a city near you (Boston gets him at Royale on November 1). Check out a video of him premiering the new setup at the Ogden Theater in Denver: