Southern Uplands

A 4 track disco ep (19m 34s) — released June 30th 2017 on Shapes of Rhythm

Octo Champ releases his second EP of 2017, following up on Not Quite There Yet, which received major exposure from Thump and DJ Mag. This upfront four-track release is a selection of dance floor ready disco and house and sits boldly apart from a lot of other music within these genres. Taking inspiration from the more exotic corners of the musical spectrum the EP leads with the upbeat Make Heaven and its conga rhythms, vocal hooks and electronic patterns. CMI is slower and moves further into the groove whilst Lacuna is the EP's funkiest cut, featuring a killer bass hook, percussion, guitar chops, claps and more vocals to carry it along. Closing with a second four to the four track Diametric leads with an elastic, acoustic bassline, synth pads and you've guessed it: more vocal hooks.

Octo Champ is one-half of DJ/promoter duo Rigid Disco, running parties and radio shows across both London and Glasgow and booking rising stars such as Tom Blip, FYI Chris, Hector Plimmer and the Rye Wax crew.

Octo Champ has remixed Soundway's Flamingods and CHPLN as well as contributing to the CDR x Dimensions Sounds 2016 project. Most recently, his music was picked up by Let's Go Swimming who released the Not quite there yet EP.

Shapes of Rhythm is a South London-based label founded by Tom Central and BodyMoves with the aim of releasing music they love regardless of tempo. Now three releases in, the label has seen support from Gilles Peterson,Tom Ravenscroft, Dom Servini, Jazzy Sport, KCRW LA and many more.

Really dig Lacuna! Will try it out in the club for sure - Dan Shake Mahogani

It's great - XXXY Ten Thousand Yen

Really digging Lacuna! - Contours Rhythm Section

Absolutely love this. Four really strong cuts, with CMI just shading it for me, but that'll probably change - Dom Servini Wah Wah 45s/Soho Radio

Make Heaven and Lacuna both hitting the spot for me. Strong! - Titeknots Tru Thoughts

Bangers. Will rep all - Pete On The Corner On the Corner Records

Love it! - Jim Bane Eastern Bloc Records

Rhythms that hit ya hard all day long - Jay Scarlett Sounds Supreme, BR Puls Sounds Germany

Definite dance floor fodder here. I love how unobvious it is, very intelligent use of samples - Bopperson First Word, Wah Wah 45s!

Lacuna is my favourite new tune to step to, can't wait to play this at some summer parties - Oliver Brunetti Music Is My Sanctuary

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