We’ve got some heavy weekend business for you today, with a barnstorming mix from Champion up first, and a collection of our favourite tracks from the past week of electronic music on the second slide, including new ones from Julio Bashmore, Brenmar and Dj Sliink.
Champion is a London-based producer who makes bass heavy music that’s built for the dance floor while retaining a colourful, melodic edge that is sometimes augmented by vocalists for those lighters in the air moments. What you’re about to hear is a party-starting, unabashedly fun mix of the finest of UK Funky, but if you don’t know your Butterz from your Formula‘s or your Lil Silva’s from your Funkystepz, just hit play and give yourself 40 minutes of gun-fingers and good times.
For you lucky people living in Philly or New York, Champion will be hitting your cities (along with Royal-T(!)) to play a couple of Trouble & Bass parties next week, so get to know the sound of the rave below, and make sure you don’t miss what is sure to be an epic night! Check out the mix below, and scroll on down for a few words from Champion himself and all the info on the dates he’s playing, as well as details of the huge “Crystal Meth” – his forthcoming release on Butterz.
Update: The track has reached it’s download limit from Soundcloud, but you can still grab it from the link below.
Notion – Digits – Forthcoming Formula
Champion & Ruby Lee Ryder – Sensitivity (Champion Dubplate) – Formula
Roska – You Dun Kno – Rinse
Champion – Cannon – Unsigned
Funkystepz – Radar – Forthcoming F.L.Y
Champion – War Dance – Roska’s Kicks & Snares
DJ Naughty – Zombie Dance – Forthcoming SOTU
Champion – Slap Man – Unsigned
X5 Dubs – Baby (Champion Dubplate) – CDR
Champion ft Princess Nyah – Crazy (Champion Dubplate) – Formula
Notion – Icicle – CDR
Champion – Lighter VIP – Formula
Notion – Watch Here – Forthcoming Formula
Champion – Mr Bogle – Unsigned
Notion – Soundbwoy Killa – Forthcoming Formula
DJ Naughty – Afrocentric – Forthcoming SOTU
Roska – Go ft. Mz Bratt – Rinse
Champion – Cruddy – Unsigned
Royal-T – Inside The Ride (Champion 130 Edit) – Rinse
Champion – Speed – Forthcoming Butterz
Terror Danjah – Fruit Punch – CDR
Champion – Crystal Meth – Forthcoming Butterz
Hi Champion, can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how long you’ve been producing?
I’m a music producer and DJ who makes and plays UK Funky or Bass as it’s referred too. I’ve been making UK Funky for four years but overall, I’ve been producing for seven years now.
How would you describe UK Funky to the uninitiated?
I would say its an offshoot of House music with strong influences of UK Garage, D&B, Soca & Reggae – mainly very bass heavy & energetic.
Have you played over in the States before, and what are you most looking forward to this time?
This will actually be my first time playing in the states so I’m really looking forward to seeing our music being embraced out of the continent – especially in the US where theres big dominating genres of music already.
What and who are your musical inspirations, and what are you listening to at the moment?
My main influences are Reggae and Dancehall in terms of the music and culture. I always try and incorporate it into all aspects of my music (when I DJ & make tunes). I’m also heavily influenced by Sticky’s production when he was doing UKG & the Jungle scene as well, when it was more Reggae sounding. At the moment though im listening to a lot of Hip-Hop, R&B ane also a lot of D&B and as usual I’m trying keep current with the Dancehall scene.
You run Formula Records, what can we look forward to from the label in the near future?
Well we’ve got a release coming from a new producer doing damage in UK Funky right now called Notion with his forthcoming Digits EP out July 4th and I’m currently sorting out the next one but I need to keep that on a low for the time being.
Can you tell us a bit about the mix?
It features some unreleased/new Champion bits, some of my classics, old & forthcoming Formula bits, personal favourites & new music from the cream of the UK Funky crop!
Finally, and most importantly, Pigeons or Planes?!
Suppose it has to be Planes, I hate Pigeons lol
06/21 – Philadelphia
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Philly T&B Event Page: http://troubleandbass.
06/22 – Brooklyn, NY
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Brooklyn T&B Event Page: http://troubleandbass.
“Crystal Meth,” which is also featured at the end of Champion’s mix is out soon on Butterz. Check it out below – this is the kind of tune that will absolutely slay any party, and a final reminder of what a top producer this man is.