DJ Die & Gutterfunk win Culture Clash Bristol
What. A. Show. Four crews, four stages, four rounds – but there can only be one winner, and this time it was Bristol drum’n’bass titan
DJ Die and his Gutterfunk family who walked off with the prestigious airhorn trophy.
Going into battle
It was by no means a forgone conclusion, with powerful competition coming from all quarters. Butterz Sound looked like early leaders, with Elijah and Skilliam taking a seat in comfortable easy chairs and flicking through newspapers as Gutterfunk opened the first round. That, plus P Money on the mic and choice cuts including The Bug’s Skeng and Kanye West’s Who Gone Stop Me put Butterz one up at the end of round one.
Team Tectonic started out deep and moody, and the decibel meter at the end of the first round suggested perhaps the crowd were a bit too hyped to go with them. But they rallied hard, bringing out Riko and Lady Chann (an ex-girlfriend of Stylo G MC Stormin – that’s gotta hurt) and veering between seismic dubstep, jungle and thundering reggae. It’s an approach that wiped the face off Warning Sound’s face come the Sleeping With The Enemy Round, where the purpose is to bite another sound’s style.
If you’re here and on this stage, you put a lot of your lifetime into making music, and that gets a lot of respect from me
It was the team next to them who occasionally looked like they had it in the bag. Stylo G’s Warning Sound had an almost limitless supply of killer dubplates – from So Solid Crew’s 21 Seconds to Section Boyz’ Lock Aff to a Beenie Man cut shipped over from Jamaica. They had some killer guests too, including Lethal Bizzle (“You don’t just play the 45… you bring out the f—ing artist!”) and a ready-for-war Chip – who unfortunately was cut off mere seconds after his arrival, when the timer ran out at the close of round three. “We want Chip!” chanted the audience. Don’t worry, he’s coming back – you think a clock’s going to stop him?