Review: Moscow's Champion Sound gang make their debut on Frenk Dublin's Dub Communication with an all-out warning. System-tailored, warmer than a cuppa in the midday sun, bouncier than a bag of rubber balls and laced with soothing vocals buried deep in the mix, its summer arrival couldn't have landed at a better time. Remix-wise Halcyonic and G Roots bring horn player Vale into the mix for more of a Latin-lashed stepper twist while the label bossman brings us home on a stately deep dub swagger. Three killer jams in their own right, DC aren't messing around here. Champion.
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: 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: 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: 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.