Review: As one of the most consistent releasers across the UK for bass music in general, it always a pleasure to see a new Champion drop appear on the shelves, especially when it's alongside the legendary RKAS imprint! We begin with the sliding bass tones and vibrant rhythms of 'Expensive', which sees Champion seriously excel at showcasing his funky roots. On the flip, 'Medium Drink' switches up the flavour with a moogy approach, focussing on the intense rhythmic syncopation of the percussive lines, bringing classic Champion energy to a very well decorated table!
Review: Champion feels so good he wants you to feel like a winner, too. This has been the way since he emerged eight years ago and proceeded to tear a hole out of the UK funky game. Flexing a sharp 4x4 feel with some deliciously manipulated bass designs and stacks of space between the elements to create a suspended state of funk and groove, every track makes you feel like a champ; the molten toxic bass of "One Time", the pure swamp-bass evil of "Drill", the chugging bassline/grime hybrid "Kill All Dem", the breath-taking textures on the Four Tet collabo "World" and the raw truth of "Young Raiden", the list goes on. This is how you do a debut album in 2017. Champion sound.
Review: They say that if people's early fears of the effects of video games were correct then we'd all be in dark rooms, listening to bleeps and munching pills like Pacman. This retro arcade game themed single by Champion sounds nothing like anything anyone could've imagined music of the future would sound like. "Arcade" mixes nostalgic 8-bit melodies and doomy post-apocalyptic soundscapes punctuated by clattering metallic beats. "Chrome" meanwhile fuses a staccato bass-step edge with moody depth.
Review: Champion by name, Champion by nature... Fusing UK funky with grime, bass and just a touch of two-step, the rather cheekily titled "Crystal Meth" is an MC's dream, waiting for some serious flowage to lick over the darkness. As good fortune would have it, it's also nowhere near as deadly as its druggy namesake (although it is pretty addictive). Meanwhile on the flip "Speed" is a strange affair with beats the rolls and tickles with snake-like percussion before dropping into a screw face one-finger bassline. With little to no kick drum this is a serious DJ tool to be used and abused at your leisure. Champion sound!
Review: Champion is the boss of Formula records, currently riding high following the success of their recent f=BASS compilation and the launch of new digital imprint F2. Now as a kind of post-coital musical cigarette, Formula leans back and sparks up three new sizzlers from his stockpile of musical ammo. Both "Execution" and "Bowsers Castle" tracks gets his own VIP treatment, with the former getting a sleek digi-dub makeover and the latter turned into an 8-bit wobble attack. Dismantle also tackles "Cannon", delivering a carnival-tinged apocalypse of a remix.
Review: Liquicity proudly presents Voyage 1, a journey into the heart of the music that makes this crowd tick, courtesy of some of their favourite players. First up to share their delights is Champion and as "What I Need" takes off hard into the stratosphere after a strong intro featuring powerful vocals and souped-up synths he sets his sights on becoming D&B royalty. Fracus & Darwin roll up next, driving "Succeed" forward with lyrics from Mark Slammer and restrained percussion and pads fighting it out in a tight space of experimental production. It's a real mid-release treat. "Closer" acts as respite as Hugh Hardie plays with inspiring samples, retro sounds and soaring strings. Finally, Feint slams some serious dancefloor vibes into the mix, stabbing those synths and dropping the chorus hard. It's a right old mixture, you'll love it.
Review: Formed ten whole years ago, this Hertfordshire trio (David Wilson, Sammy Stabile and Adam Smart) have paid their dues with their exceptionally slick take on DnB eventually winning fans including Zane Lowe, DJ Friction, MistaJam, Annie Nightingale and even Ellie Goulding! It's all lead up to this, however, their debut album, Under The Blue. Featuring 14 thrill-packed excursions, with highlights including the heart-warming anthem "Sins" (featuring the sweet tones of Charli Brix), the soulful mysteries of "Echoes" and the warm elegance of "Closer". High end beats.
Review: Nottingham's Killjoy has laid low for a quite a while now, but he's back out in the open with the Moving Target EP. The break's done him good as this wobble hero has sought to mess with the low frequencies in new and exciting ways. The title track is an assertive beast with asymmetric tropical riddims, weird sounds and a creepy metallic bassline. Champion joins the laughs on cheeky wobbler "Sludge" with its cool carnival vibes. Lastly "Yaga Yaga" is pure, future 4 x 4 energy. Welcome back Mr Killjoy, we've been expecting you.