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Following in the footsteps of the sound systems that inspired him, Mark Iration, with partner Dennis Rootical, has moulded and crafted a very personal Iration Steppas vibe, a particular style that has grown to be internationally recognised as one of the best on the block.
Mark's initial involvement in the sound system world was purely as a fan following the likes of Jah Shaka and Jah Tubbys back in the late 70's and throughout the 80's. Like any real music lover he collected vinyl and got into DJ-ing, but it took the encouragement of a number of close friends until he started to put together his own system in Around the same time he also began to make music in his own studio, High Rise, culminating in two well-received debut releases 'Scud Missile' and 'High Rise Vibrations'.
However, it wasn't until he met Dennis Rootical back in that the Iration Steppas as we know them now were born. They met at a night called House of Roots down in London and very quickly realised that they were into each others sound.
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This newly united duo began to record together, creating the quintessential techno-tinged dub sound that we now associate with the Iration Steppas. Releases such as 'Killimanjaro' and 'Reminiscence' affirmed that the Steppas were here to stay". The Iration Steppas now had a following of their own, and from the responses they got from their peers and their crowds they discovered that their sound system and the music they were making was inspiring others to do the same, much to Mark's delight: That's how I got inspired - through a lot of other sound systems way back in them days, so I know what kind of feeling they are going through.
Never one to leave their roots very far behind, the Iration Steppas, along with local DJ Simon Scott, run the continually packed-out monthly Subdub night in Leeds.
On The Road Report: Mungo's Hi Fi meet Iration Steppas in Leeds 12/5/
Pre-Christmas is their busiest period after the summer. At 7pm the hulking, wide-eyed Mark Iration arrives with his crew. Their set up is already done so they sit down to fish and chips: Predictably, they are out of everything except jerk and fried chicken and rice and peas.
Unlike just about every other reggae act in existence, there is a refreshing lack of industry politics hanging around Mungo's. Theirs is an easy camaraderie that comes from not taking yourself too seriously. As Tom recalls, he and Doug only started this for fun and pledged that if it ever became a regular job they'd jack it in. By 10pm, back at the West Indian Centre, Mark is cranking his equipment. He seems in a good mood.
Clashing on home turf is a serious business even with respected friends. But he has new speakers and feels confident. He skanks between the crossfire, laughing like a youth at his first dance. Where a normal sound will hit you in the stomach and chest, Iration make fissure points in your skull and fears that your septum could fall out.
Ear defenders are a must. People start to file in.
Students, young hippie-ish waifs, male Iration fans in combat gear and older Caribbean regulars. Come midnight the venue is full if not quite at capacity.
The weather and the general culture of panic in the media may have had an effect. The idea is each side alternates for 30 minutes, switching to one-for-one for the final hour. Mark unleashes cyborg remixes of Yabby You and Gregory Isaacs transposed into his bleak dystopian dub style.
Both Mungo's and Mark have a default minor-key mechanical bowel-bothering type of rhythm and it's these the kids love the most. They frequently depart from industrial bass bangers to material which harks to the sixties such as the Hempolics' I Love To Sing — whose singer Nubiya is in the building and the early 80s new singles featuring Johnny Osbourne licking over his Ice Cream Love and combining with YT for next cut No Wata Down Ting.
Yet Mark has his moments where he goes off script, with sax and strings steppers mixes that inject an organic feel. He is also more open minded than Mungo's in one crucial way: In keeping with the pugnacious levels of his rig and the aggressive nature of clash, Mark watches boxing on a laptop while he plays.
Two others are wearing shiny gold capes and a third has a US flag wrapping his face like a kind of reggae-loving white supremacist terrorist.