Working across UK funky, house and various, mutated strains of bass-heavy club music, Roska has earmarked himself as one of the UK’s most accomplished underground exponents. Through a series of releases via influential dance labels like Numbers, Tectonic and Hotflush, as well as two albums for Rinse Recordings in 2012, he originally blazed a trail for funky to return to the clubs. He has continued to push the sound firmly into the future too, albeit now punctuated by his wider influences, via his own, genre-blurring Roska Kicks & Snares (RKS) imprint. Presiding over 50 releases, RKS has welcomed the likes of MA1, Champion, Gemmy and Doc Daneeka to the label since its inception in 2009 and now functions around a core base of new artists; Tony Tokyo, J Kenzo’s Jodo Kast project, Majora, Transcode and Frederique.
Having first burst into the public consciousness in 2011 with a slew of anthemic UK funky tracks, Champion has been *ahem* championed by figureheads like Four Tet and released music on labels as diverse as Hyperdub, OWSLA and Butterz. Despite being just 27 years old, he’s been DJing and playing out for some 15 years now and, as a direct result of that exposure, his music is heavily influenced by the lineage of Jamaican sound system culture in London.
Elements of dub and reggae blend with dancehall drum patterns, garage skip and a particularly grime influenced independent outlook all throughout Champion’s discography. It’s that kind of bass heavy variety and his open mindedness that has come to define both the output of his own label, Formula Records, and his latest LP, Snapshot, which features collaborations with artists as diverse as Flava D, Royal T, Jammz and Four Tet.
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