Enter Dutch-born Oscar Oomens, AKA Champion. With previous releases on Viper, Audioporn and Liquicity, this 24-year-old producer has garnered support from the likes of Crissy Criss, Murdock, and Mistajam to name but a few. Now living in Germany, Champion strengthens Soulvents’ Dutch connections; his debut release comes in the form of 2 massive tracks: ‘Stay Here ft. Tayah Ettienne’ and ‘Holding On’.
‘Stay Here’ opens with effected sample chops and warm pads flourishing, giving way to Tayah’s smooth airy vocals. Both the lyrics and Tayah’s playful tone culminate in a summery drop: warm bass is backed by percussive counter-melodies. Overall, ’Stay Here’ is a smooth liquid roller set to take on this summer.
‘Holding On’ opens with dark rumbling synths and a tight percussive drum groove. A foreboding intro brings flute flourishes, with vocals from none other than the man himself – supported by plucky synths and a filtered piano bassline. Cultivating in an emotive rhythmic roller, atop which his own vocals sit perfectly, a breathy exercise proving that often producers these days can achieve much more of their original aim using their own vocal chords!
Champion’s debut release on Soulvent is out on the 9th of May, and is a solid introduction on the imprint.