Notion - Digits EP / 12"
Champion's Formula Records present the debut EP from its first signee, the prodigiously talented rising star Notion. Having already turned heads recently with the rambunctious 'Icicle', released via Mixmag as a free download, the Hereford-based producer serves up three tracks of unpretentious dancefloor weaponry. Lead track 'Digits' borrows elements of UK Funky with its syncopated drum patterns and quirky key stabs. With plenty of dub-influenced low end and reverb it's clear to see why it's already become a staple in sets from Rinse FM's Roska, Brackles, Marcus Nasty and Seb Chew. 'Soundbwoy Killa' takes no prisoners with an electrifying bassline and sporadic reggae sample drops that are in a similar vein of some of Champion's previous productions. Whilst on the surface the heavy bass is what appears to lead the track, there are subtle percussive elements that add a supremely danceable rhythm and groove. Brutal stomper 'Watch Here' rounds off the trio of tunes with more colourful beats and bass that make this EP a comprehensive foray into the world of 130 BPM dance music, at the same time signalling the entrance of what could be one of its most promising proponents of 2012 thus far.