For the second time the Red Bull Music Academy is bringing together four soundsystems to contest an almighty battle of the bass. Representing the four branches of London bass music across five rounds of cross-genre explorations, Camden’s Roundhouse is to have its foundations shaken as Goldie’s Metalheadz seek to retain their crown from the last soundclash.
Ever since Carnival first came to Notting Hill half a century ago, soundsystems have carved their reputations into the capital’s music tapestries. To celebrate this tradition, some of the city’s biggest soundmen enter the ring under the watchful eye of the mighty Don Letts to thrash out tunes and battle for sub-bass supremacy.
Some of the city’s biggest soundmen enter the ring to thrash out tunes and battle for sub-bass supremacy
On Thursday, October 14th, Goldie’s Metalheadz face stiff competition from Skream & Benga with help from Joker, MC Nomad and Artwork, the Channel One Soundsystem featuring Mikey Dread, Ras Kayleb and their crew and Soul Jazz Records Sound System presenting 100% Dynamite.
The Soul Jazz Records Sound System is part of the empire that is Soul Jazz Records (with artists including ESG, Four Tet and the Ragga Twins) with a strategy of whipping the crowd into a frenzy with a mash-
up of vintage funk, deep soul, rocksteady, dancehall and future bass cuts. The legendary Channel One have been spreading the gospel of Jah Rastafari worldwide for the best part of 30 years so expect original roots reagge sounds by the pound.
In the green corner, relative newcomers to the bass scene Skream and Benga will be throwing down heavy wobble as the ruling kings of dubstep joined by young pretenders Joker & MC Nomad and the third piece of supergroup Magnetic Man, Artwork. Finally reigning Culture Clash champion Goldie will welcome Andy C, Shy FX, Storm and MC GQ into the ring with himself in a bid to retain his throne.
Red Bull Music Academy presents
Culture Clash Round 2
Thursday, October 14th
Chalk Farm Road, Camden
London NW1 8EH
7pm – 3am
Tickets: £18 advance, more on the door from www.roundhouse.org.uk.
See the first Culture Clash in action here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ieHJs1gYA0k.
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