One of the UK’s most diverse producers and selectors spans bassline, grime and more.
Champion first burst into our consciousness back in 2009 with a formidable batch of tunes that included club anthems ‘Motherboard‘ and ‘Lighter‘. The east Londoner would later gift us releases on the likes of Hyperdub, Digital Soundboy, Butterz and Terror Danjah’s Harddrive imprint, merging the buoyancy of the UK funky prevalent on dance floors in the late ’00s with grime’s raw energy and the swagger of UK garage.
Not content with merely functioning as a producer and selector Champion set up Formula Records in 2011, which has since been graced by Flava D, Melé and Hannah Wants, among others. The label recently dropped an electrifying collaboration with Bluku Music to unleash D Double E’s ‘Like This’, produced by Formula’s own Killjoy. They’re also gearing up to take over room 2 at fabric on April 8 with a label showcase, where Champion will be joined by Terror Danjah, Killjoy, Mike Delenquent, MC Serious and Caski, as well as a back-to-back set between Oneman and Night Slugs co-founder, Bok Bok.
To give you a taste of what to expect – and to show you how much he can really throw down – Champion’s recorded this special mix for us, kicking off with his recent Four Tet collaboration – ‘Flipside’ – before ploughing through a barrage of punchy floor fillers. You’ll be treated to Flava D’s brand new track ‘Wheels’, which comes out on Formula next month, followed by a number of Champion’s own cuts, including his explosive take on Rihanna’s ‘Bitch Better Have My Money’. Manchester legend MC Trigga also makes an appearance with his forthcoming record for Hardrive, before the mix is rounded off with a fervent display from ascending MC, Capo Lee.
Champion plays the Formula Records showcase for FABRICLIVE at fabric, Friday April 8. For more info and tickets head here.
Champion & Four Tet – Flipside – Text Records
Flava D – Wheels – Formula
Tuff Culture – Wanna Be – Formula/F2 *Forthcoming*
Champion – Gunshot – N/A
Crookers ft. Jeremih – I Just Cant (Chris Lorenzo Remix) – Dim Mak Records
Roots Manuva – One Thing (Champion Remix) – Ninja Tune/Big Dada *Forthcoming*
Two Tons – Blow (Joedan VIP) – N/A
Pharoah K – Carnival Bounce – Formula/F2 *Forthcoming*
Reggie Stepper – Drum Pan Sound (Champion & Serious’ Troublesum Mix) – N/A
Chris Lake & Chris Lorenzo – The Calling – Ultra
Apple – Amirah Sleeps – White Label
Mind Of A Dragon – Green Eyed – N/A
Champion – Untitled – N/A
Champion x Rihanna – Better Have My Money – N/A
Terror Danjah – Zumpi Hunter (Champion Remix) – Hardrive *Forthcoming*
D Double E & Killjoy – Like This (Champion Dub) – Formula
Mind Of A Dragon – Limbo – N/A
Champion – Narcotics – N/A
Flava D – Bare Fields – Formula
Flava D – Gash VIP – N/A
Champion – Kill Bass – Formula
Fish – Battle Dub – Formula/F2 *Forthcoming*
My Nu Leng & Kahn – Ruins – N/A
Champion – Untitled – N/A
Killjoy – Moving Target – N/A
Champion – Execution x Formula – Formula
Vybz Kartel – Clarks (P Jam Bootleg) – Beatcamp *Forthcoming*
Killjoy – Vigilante – Hardrive *Forthcoming*
J.G vs T-Pain – Come Get It – N/A
Trigga – Stop Chat – Hardrive *Forthcoming*
Terror Danjah – Saturn – Hardrive *Forthcoming*
Capo Lee – Grime Champion – CDR