Paper Diamond Ends Two-Year Silence With Godly Bass-Funk on 'WORK 9000': Exclusive

Leo Volcy
Paper Diamond

You ever hear a song with a beat so jammin' you have no choice but to nod your head and move your arms like you're revving a motorcycle engine, even though you're in public and people are staring? That's what's going to happen as soon as you press play on this new tune from Paper Diamond, so, be warned.

"WORK 9000" is the first original bit of sound from the celebrated Colorado producer since his Rain Drop EP in 2015. Don't call it a comeback, because he stayed busy between with high-profile festival sets and all that. Still, "WORK 9000" comes through with the sauce as if Paper Diamond silently exited the party when no one was watching so he could come back at 2 a.m. with more beer and save the night. Bass rumbles under a head-knockin' beat, but it's the screeching sirens that really tie the whole room together.

"Making the new music has been been a very immersive process," Paper Diamond says in an emailed statement. "After playing shows on the road for a few years, I thought it would be important to get back to the root of where it began; focusing on the music itself. Making it a daily practice to create something new. I believe that frequency can help breed creativity and doing something every single day will give you more opportunities to make something amazing. It also takes away the pressure of always creating something amazing on the spot, so you can focus more on being yourself.

"The new music is a good representation of me drowning out the outside world and making what comes naturally," he continues. "I didn’t limit myself to one style, genre, bpm or idea and focused more on musical spontaneity.  Naturally, by the time things are finished, they have a cohesive Paper Diamond feeling to them, but they always start from unknown inspiration."

Paper Diamond has a new record on the way, and this is just the first taste of things to come. For now, listen to "WORK 9000" below, and if you get arrested for being hype in public, don't blame us.