Metalheadz, Skream & Benga, Soul Jazz, Channel One
Recorded at The Roundhouse in London United Kingdom
On October 14 2010, for the second time, London’s Roundhouse was the setting for a sound clash of the fourth kind: RBMA’s Culture Clash. Again, heavyweights from various branches of UK bass music fought for sound supremacy. This time, reigning champion Goldie and his Metalheadz crew stood against allstar teams fronted by Skream & Benga, the legendary Channel One, and Soul Jazz’s Oxman. This lineup saw some of the most pioneering names in the evolution of bass music, from roots reggae to jungle to dubstep, and everything in between. Part of the empire that is Soul Jazz Records, South London veteran selector/deejay Eddie Oxman Brydson of Soul Jazz Records Sound System proved 100% dynamite, bringing a mash-up of funky reggae, deep soul, rocksteady, digital dancehall and future bass cuts. Channel One have been spreading the gospel of Jah Rastafari worldwide for the best part of 30 years. Founded in East London by brothers Jah T and Mikey Dread, Channel One has blown up Carnival since back in the day, and they serve the original roots reggae sounds by the pound. Skream & Benga need little introduction. Having spearheaded the dubstep movement, the dynamic duo are more than ready to throw heavy wobble to a baying crowd. To top things off, Skream & Benga were joined by the third member of their supergroup Magnetic Man, Artwork, as well as Bristol crown prince Joker and his MC, Nomad. And, last but not least, the reigning CC champ Goldie himself: a man whose Metalheadz label and weekly residency at London’s Blue Note once propelled the junglist movement to the forefront of public consciousness. At Culture Clash, he welcomed Andy C, Shy FX, Storm and MCs GQ and Justyce into the ring. Step two: The Entertainment Round. The sounds are judged on their rabble-rousing skills. Big up and shockout!
Check four of London’s baddest sound systems playing nuff big tunes from four generations of bass culture. This is The Entertainment 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.