In case you missed the review from the World Clash R.E.S.E.T., check it out below..
New York, New York — Shortly before 11 pm on Saturday, April 7, scores of sound clash revelers amassed on Amazura filling it to near capacity. Patrons strategically mapped out where they would “post up” to get the best view of the war, while chatting about; how far they traveled; which sounds they rated; and who was going to take home the trophy.
The audience read like a who’s who of the sound clash fraternity, with key selectors and other sound system personalities, likewise artists such as Shabba Ranks, Spragga Benz, Johnny Osbourne and Edley Shine (Born Jamericans) among others were in attendance.
The clash came alive with vibrant music selections of both dubs and 45′s. More times than not, the participating sounds slung high caliber dubs in the hopes of not being eliminated. Everyone knows how tough New York clash fans can be, so sounds were willing to do any and everything — such was the strategy of Fire Links who pulled out money, begging the crowd to allow him to remain. His hype failed to garner any real fans and the impact of his dubs were not enough to sustain the crowd through every round.
Dressed for war, Tony Matterhorn had funny speeches and received some forwards, but he too couldn’t win over the fierce crowd. Brooklyn’s warrior sound Earth Ruler had an early dynamic set and were the only sound to get a forward for every selection played, however as the clash progressed their selections faded and they too were eliminated. Poison Dart had good music selections periodically, but their long skits and speeches didn’t work.
Black Kat was a huge disappointment to theIr loyal fans and failed from the start ,clearly aborting any hopes of finishing well and became the first casualty of the clash. Their selectors lacked chemistry, knowledge of their box and connection with the crowd. Shamefully, Panther’s retirement announcement in the midst of R.E.S.E.T. promotions, left the sound to die at World Clash.
David Rodigan stood out like the legendary figure he is while Bass Odyssey too had a stellar performance. The excitement with both built throughout the night. The chemistry between Damian and Worm and that of David Rodigan and Pee Wee were validated by strong forwards. In the end, these two warriors stood tall in the climatic “tune-fi-tune” set. David Rodigan drew on his vintage dub box nabbing the World Clash R.E.S.E.T. New York trophy after edging out Bass Odyssey. This was a well deserved first World Clash victory for the esteemed ‘gentleman’ selector from Britain.
Less than two days later, the intense clash vibes were transferred to Jamaica. This time, the scene was Pier One in Montego Bay, which was the home for the infamous World Clash Jamaica on Easter Monday, April 9. Although only two years since the end of World Clash Jamaica, clash fans were anxious for its return — as evidenced by the bustling crowd.
Newly crowned World Clash R.E.S.E.T New York champion David Rodigan guest selected, opening the event with a set of heavy dubs. The audience appreciated his short but sweet stint. Next up was the host Tony Matterhorn who got the clash off to a really great start. He had succesfully switched roles having 2 days ago competed and lost in NY. With the exception of Black Kat, once again, all sounds came prepared with their “A” game. Heavy dub plates and 45′s combined with good speeches had horns, whistles and flames highlighting as well as illuminating the thousands in attendace.
The sounds that participated in World Clash Jamaica for the first time (Code Red, Rootsman and Heavy Hammer) held their own, while Black Blunt, who were competing for the second time, came with a vengeance slinging the Taxi riddim early but with no real effect.
World Clash R.E.S.E.T. Jamaica boiled down to a heated competition of two sounds: Bass Odyssey and Killamanjaro. This was reminiscent of the old days and the fans were happy to see this repeat battle. Determined to redeem themselves after losing by just one song in New York 2 nights ago, Bass Odyssey seized the World Clash R.E.S.E.T. Jamaica title flawlessly as the crowd named them the decisive winner. Since the victory however, questions now surround the authenticity of the Jimmy Cliff dub plate — which inevitably led to their victory.
As the crowd cleared and the victors celebrated in true sound system style, co-promoter Garfield ‘Chin’ Bourne stated how honored he was to celebrate the company’s 15th Anniversary with some of the clash industry’s biggest players and fans from all over the world. He remarked,”The WORLD CLASH R.E.S.E.T. weekend stands alone in authenticity and prestige within a true sound clash arena.” He further concluded, “I would like to thank everyone who supported our vision over the years, but above all I thank the members of Team Irish and Chin whose work ethic and loyalty is second to none!”