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Chaampion Soul Excursions

A Brooklyn broken-soul debut hits the ground running-fluttery congos and thumping bass glide beneath graceful and heartfelt vocals. Champion Soul breaks out of the broken beat box with a sound that's as ethereal as that of any of their UK associates. "Cancion" and "Por Que" features Mariana Vera's nouveau-bossa blues against a thick bed of organic percussion, as "Down Easy" breaks up the skanky, dubby mood with Kate Dwyer's sultry soulful crooning. Though occasionally the lyrics and rhythms falter along trite, feel-good vibes, the larger portion of this disc swells with a visceral combination of body-moving broken syncopation and melodic sunny atmospheres.

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