Metalheadz, DMZ, Trojan & Soul II Soul
Recorded at The Roundhouse in London United Kingdom
Hosted by Don Letts, this was the edition that started it all: the first in a series of battles that has seen Culture Clash spring up all over the world. This original Culture Clash saw Jazzie B’s Soul II Soul, the mighty Trojan Sound System, Goldie’s Metalheadz, and dubstep pioneers Digital Mystikz – also known as DMZ – fight for the Roundhouse massive’s favour with nothing but big tunes from their respective scenes. The funki dreds of Soul II Soul were at the forefront of UK club soul in the late 80s, scoring big both sides of the Atlantic via Back To Life and Keep On Movin. With their iconic robo-skull logo, genre-defining 12" releases, and the legendary club night at Hoxton’s Blue Note Cafe, Goldie and his Metalheadz label played a pivotal role in propelling the junglist movement to unknown heights. Trojan Sound System have been selecting the most crucial roots‘n’culture anthems for years. And Digital Mystikz aka Mala and Coki are amongst those to constantly push the vibrant dubstep and hardcore scene to new shores – and whatever it is called right now. Check their own label/clubnight DMZ plus some truly earth-shattering sub-bass scorchers on Soul Jazz, Tectonic and Planet Mu. No ice cream sound allowed! These baddest sounds play nuff big tunes from four generations of bass culture. This is The Warm-Up round, where the DJs can play whatever floats their boat, and take a sounding in the truest sense of the expression. Haul and pull? Not just yet!
Check four of London’s baddest sound systems playing nuff big tunes from four generations of bass culture. This is The Warm-Up Round.
Originally hosted in London in 2010, the Red Bull Music Academy Culture Clash has grown into a series of battles that have now become a staple on the international sound clash scene. With previous contestants like _(artist-name)Major Lazer_, _(artist-name)Soul II Soul_, and _(artist-name)SMOG_, as well as special surprise guests including _(artist-name)Pusha T_, the legendary _(artist-name)Johnny Osbourne_ and _(artist-name)Usher_ (doing a counter-action version of _(song-title)Climax_ on the everlasting _(song-title)Stalag_ riddim), Culture Clash is more than just one of the fiercest musical battles around. It’s a celebration of sound system culture and its ongoing influence on hip hop, dancehall and dance music. It’s a rare get-together of different genres and generations. And it’s probably the most entertainment you could cram into a four-hour show.