Champagne Champagne is a group that tends to slip under the radar even within the Seattle hip hop scene. Part of this has to do with the fact that they're atrocious to google (nearly every rapper has a song/album with Champagne in the title). Part of it has to do with the fact that this two out of three of this experimental synth/rock/hip hop trio's best songs come as features on other artists' albums.
"Kings" was the best song on Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' monumental Vs. EP and Sir Thomas Gray had what was perhaps the best verse on the entire project. The trio were also featured on "What You Asked For," which was by far the best song off State of the Artist's debut, Seattlecalifragilisticextrahelladopeness (this time with Pearl Dragon giving the album's best verse).
Both songs, along with the intro track to the group's self-titled 2009 album, made our 64 Song 206ness bracket largely because of Champagne Champagne's performance. But as the trio of Pearl Dragon, Thomas Grey, and DJ Gajamagic prepare to release their Champagne Mixtape on Friday, I thought I'd post two of my favorite tracks off two EPs the group released quietly last year.
"The Breaks" is a gorgeous pop-oriented track off the group's latest release Swine? My Brother... while "Four Horsemen," which leads off Private Party, is a track that reminds me a lot of fellow Seattleites The Saturday Knights' sound. Neither got as much attention as they deserved even within the Seattle scene in part because the group decided to release them on the French label, Platinum Records (if you've never tried to order a CD from France, I don't recommend it). But both projects are now available for your consumption on iTunes and Amazon.
I hope you enjoy both songs. Get excited. Champagne Mixtape drops this friday.
Peace, Love, & Champagne,