2. Lighter VIP
After much anticipation one of UK funky’s brightest stars, Champion, finally drops his deadly Lighter EP as the inaugural release on his new imprint, Formula Records.
Sitting somewhere in between Lil’ Silva, Roska and Cooly G Champion has got the undiluted UK Funky sound down to perfection. He’s already been marked as one to watch by Fact Magazine and Champion is growing as a producer with each release. The Lighter EP exemplifies the style and sound that has got him the admiration and plaudits from DJ’s across the board – raw, rugged and rhythmic in abundance.
Lead single Lighter showcases his seductive percussion techniques with stripped back drums setting the stage early on and an audacious bass melody that is aggressive but playful at the same time.
Bongoshot sees Champions play with more futuristic synths but the syncopated drum pattern and arpeggiated bass that accompanies it brings it right up to the present day sound of the UK underground.
Off the back of the infectious Motherboard EP on Terror Danjah’s Hardrive label earlier this year the Lighter EP has proven longevity given the fact that it has been played constantly by the likes of Kode 9, Benji B, Bok Bok, Roska and Oneman for the past 18 months yet its release is still highly sought after.
To get a taster of the Champion sound in a club then look no further than the audio from the recent Butterz & Hardrive extravaganza at Cable from a few weeks back which contains a barrage of his productions both old and new.