champs - “solid action” - [self-released]


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Formed in 2011 CHAMPS released their debut album, Down Like Gold, which was lauded amongst critics with rave reviews from the likes of The Guardian, The Independent and Q magazine. It also received substantial radio support in The UK at bbc6, bbc radio 2 and radio 1. Fast forward to 2018 - the boys decamped and spent some time in London alleviating concerns by immersing themselves in the underbelly of the East End music scene, which led to a chance meeting with American producer, Sean Oakley (Frank Ocean, Portugal The Man, James Blake). The pair spent the following few days with Oakley going through demos and explaining their vision. There was an immediate chemistry between the three and in late 2016 they booked out Chale Abbey, a different studio on the Isle which stands within the walls of an abandoned monastery which dates back to the 1100s. Between long walks and a few very heavy nights they recorded 12 songs, four of which make up the forthcoming EP, The Hard Interchange. The lead track, Solid Action, speaks of the first time Michael witnessed somebody injecting heroin in an underground club in Berlin during one of their early tours.  It was done with such jovial determination and control, a very "Solid Action", the nonchalance really affected me says Champion.