RBMA: Sin City @ Plan B, Brixton

As recently documented, the Red Bull Music Academy 2010 is currently taking place in London. On Friday night I attended Sin City @ Plan B in Brixton, one of the thirty music events that has been scheduled to take place as part of this year’s Academy.

The concept of the night was to showcase the evolution of bass-driven sounds, with amongst others, renowned Kiss FM DJ David Rodigan representing traditional reggae and dub music, Kenny Ken and MC Skibadee playing an exclusive jungle and drum ‘n’ bass set, a performance from celebrated lady of Garage Miss Dynamite and back to back sets from El-B/J Da Flex and Hatcha/N-Type, who tore it down with classic club bangers and dubstep exclusives.

The highlight of the night for me was David Rodigan, who held down roots culture to the absolute fullest with an eclectic and charismatic set which saw him drop everything from timeless reggae and dancehall jams, ska and rockabilly classics. Plus, of course, dropping plenty of the psychedelic sub-driven sounds of dub masters and originators such as King Tubby and Augustus Pablo (in the unfortunate absence of the legendary Scientist who was originally scheduled for the event). Rodigan’s track selection, interspersed with his usual hugely enthusiastic and humourous antics, proved to provide a true lesson in the history behind contemporary dance music and a highly enjoyable experience.

If this event is anything to go by, Culture Clash – the next reggae, dubstep, jungle and soul event hosted by the Red Bull Music Academy – which takes place on Wednesday 17th February @ The Roundhouse, is not to be missed. There’ll be performances from Jazzie B’s Soul II Soul, the mighty Trojan Sound System, Goldie’s Metalheadz, and dubstep pioneers Digital Mystikz.

mp3: Skibadee – Tika Toc