subdub: iration steppa’s vs disciples

our first subdub of the year, and well worth the drive into town as iration have just upgraded their sound system.

the crowd was a good mix and as usual well up for it, if a little partisan (especially considering its not a ‘real’ soundclash)
iration and disciples played 20-30 minutes each apiece; interestingly, russ d was playing all his stuff off cdrs, as was mark later on- they actually put the cover over the decks, leaving them unused for most of the time we were there.

things didn’t start kicking until russ d came on for the first time: heavy, heavy militant steppas with much sweeter vocals than expected and jonah dan on the mic; modern roots of the highest order.

the focus then became the new turbo iration soundsystem: mark iration was bigging it up throughout the night, but ‘kinell, so he should; its now proper FIERCE. its always been loud, but I’ve always felt (literally) that it lacked depth of frequency somewhere (compared to say, shaka or channel 1). now though, its got a great range and the bass absolutely destroys, without the middle and top suffering. the whole iration crew were tweaking and smiling all night. its power really shone during the third (?) round, when russ d started a lone 130bpm 4/4 kick drum for a couple of minutes, minimal tweaking, slowly adding guitar chops: rewind ahoy! awesome tech-dub which flowed back into the heavy roots he was playing previously.

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