PLEASE release the soundtrack soon!
After being released on BBC in July 2023, Champion made it across the Atlantic and has been recently released globally through Netflix. The family rivalry might be something familiar, but the way they go about it sounds so different, pulling in various genres from Black British music, compiling a striking soundscape that hasn’t been heard from similar shows. Along with the lovely soundtrack, the show has familiar story beats, but it’s well paced, excellently written, and maintains its slick rhythm without compromising any of its tunes. Champion might have dropped on Netflix without much noise, but the show has a voice and a story worth watching.
Champion is a love letter to Black British music, so naturally the show would want to showcase the best of the best in the scene. Champion does deliver, but what’s striking is how well the show showcases the wide range of genres from the scene. Of course, the first track immediately hooks us in with Malcolm Kamulete as Bosco spitting out rhymes in rap track Champion to the World, but there’s also his clashes with other MCs and the reggae from Beres’ genre dedicated station. But it’s Ray BLK’s R&B track My Girl that steals the show in such a magical moment, and with the ethereal voice of Déja Bowens, it’s the perfect track that matches Vita’s progression in the show, both music and storywise.