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People’s Champs Single + Music Video Release @ C’mon Everybody June 23rd

People’s Champs, the afro-beat indie funk group whose members are known for touring with Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings and Delicate Steve, are bursting back into summer with a music video release show at C’Mon Everybody this June. The event celebrates the remix release of their song “Hostages” and its accompanying music video. “Hostages’” blend of upbeat jazz and gentle ambient synth here is joined by artists Melanie JB Charles (who sang for Gorillaz), and Starr Busby (Gorillaz, Esperanza Spalding.) The video and release show are bound to continue in the celebratory tropical vibes of People’s Champs’ prior work: celebratory and warm summer grooves. - Allison Miller 





A Deli NYC premiere: People's Champs – "American Dreamers" LP

It's arguable whether people, like wine, improve with age. Musically, it's almost never the case, which is why the new album by People's Champs is an exception. The Brooklyn band has been around for more than half a decade, skirting the edges of nascent PBR&B (aka hipster-soul) with a smattering of self-produced anthems that lean more mainstream than indie. With their latest album "American Dreamers" (out on 3rd Generation Recordings), the Champs eschew fragility and the clatter-trap percussion of lightweight new-soul by going straight for the jugular. “Family” and “Your Love” employ a punky drum/horn interplay that lands somewhere between the Budos Band and the Flaming Lips. Cole Williams' full-bodied vocals tie it all together, taking shrieks, screams, and swoons to swelteringly high levels. “Humanity/We need you to listen,” she sings earnestly. Message received. - Brian Chidester

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NYC Prog Afrobeat band People's Champs prepares sophomore album

It's been four long years since Brooklyn's progressive soul and afrobeat supergroup People's Champs released their debut self-titled EP. Since then, the eight-piece ensemble have spent more than two years constructing their first full-length record, recorded between Converse Rubber Track Studio and a wide array of local basements and bedrooms. The yet-to-be-titled LP, scheduled to drop this fall, is an ambitious nine-track release produced by Rubblebucket's Ian Hersey. Nearly a year ago, People's Champs premiered the first glimpse of the forthcoming record, "Humanity (Fun Secret Mix)," a psychedelic funk joint where synths and horns collide in hip-shaking harmony. Their newest offering, "Hostages," is a tropical, sun-kissed vamp that melds the groovy, electro-workouts of William Onyeabor with Little Dragon's striking soul experiments. - Angel E. Fraden

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From The Deli NYC's online music submissions: People's Champ

It's time to get your funk on. With a resume solid enough to take over this borough's afro-beat scene, Brooklyn's People's Champs have exactly the right ingredients to pour into your summer evenings. From the band's blazing horn section 'The Superpower Horns,' which includes players known for tracking albums with Beyonce, to their powerhouse singer Cole Williams, the band is well on its way becoming NY's de facto funk and Afrobeat experience. The supergroup has played gigs from sweaty warehouse parties, to the Guggenheim Museum; but no matter what the venue, they find a way to bring a sound together that bridges the distance between Africa and America.

From their debut self-titled EP released in May 2011, the band has finally begun releasing new material, including their latest release, the ridiculously catchy and sun-baked 'Humanity'. Check out the track's 'Fun Secret Mix' below, and look for more material to be released soon. - Mike Levine (@Goldnuggets)

This band submitted their music for coverage here.

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