27 Oct

Dcision – Guest Mix – Oct 2015

Toronto’s long standing history and love affair with Jungle/D&B is at this point unquestioned. Even by the online music media who while refusing to give any attention or recognition to the artists, DJ’s, labels and promoters that have been cultivating and pushing forward this genre for the better part of 20 years, are always quick to mention the “Drum & Bass” roots or upbringing of whichever other electronic artist they are extending their coverage too this week. Meanwhile, the cities vibrant, longstanding scene continues to flourish and nurture new talent who have all grown up under its influence and are now more than ever starting to step into the forefront to add their own voice to the constantly evolving canon of modern Drum & Bass / Jungle.

One such outfit taking their place amongst this new wave is the burgeoning trio of Dcision, RMS & Shotz. Both in combination and solo, these three producers are getting set to make waves out of Toronto this year with a growing catalog of Jungle leaning weaponry in their arsenal, and a host of key labels standing behind them to release it. Last week saw the release of their newest single, “No Turning Back” on foundation Toronto Drum & Bass DJ’s Marcus Visionary and Lush’s consistently rising Inner City Dance imprint. (Channel One‘s own!) The single marks the 21st release on the label and sets up a full EP from the production outfit coming in 2016.

We thought it was only right to get a mix from Dcision to see what else was hot out of their studio or in his dub box, and like a pro he stepped up and delivered. A swift hour of brand new dubs and productions from the crew themselves, alongside forthcoming premiers from fellow Toronto contemporaries like Schematic, Artifice, NC 17 and Hungry T, as well as exclusives from hot properties like Voltage and Serum. A seasoned and skilled DJ, and equally on the pulse promoter, Dcision lays down a quick fire, rolling clinic of bass line rattlers to fill the dance floor or envelop your ear buds. A fitting introduction to the man for the new ears who may not be as immersed in Toronto Drum & Bass as they should. To bring back our original tag line: Remember where you heard it first!

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10 Sep

Marselan – La Brume Du Matin

Seemingly weaving through space and time as we pass the unofficial end of summer, our mysterious French contributor Marselan appears out of nowhere to bless us with a new mix just before he disappears back into the fog and returns to Europe. His last session for us at the tail end of 2014 left us with such a strong impression of him that we brought him into the fold, and once again his elusive nature only adds to the enigmatic aura behind his distinguished yet cosmic sound.

Citing the rich underground scenes of Paris, Lyon and Montreal as major influences on him, Marselan’s introspective fusion of minimal House and soul searching Techno bridge together effortlessly with the finesse and poise that the French are so revered for. Stripping down the elements and focusing in on the most primal grooves, Marselan meticulously crafts a hypnotic sonic tapestry, letting the tracks breath so that each subtle change highlights the rousing effect of every propulsive aural detail. Long, intricate mixing and flawless track selection with a natural understanding of the needs of the dance floor imply to the true skill of the man behind the moniker, setting Marselan apart from the droves of overhyped “deep” DJ’s that dominate lineups of the most respected club nights and festivals the world over, marking the veiled Frenchman as a real force on the scene to watch.

The name of this mix, “La Brume Du Matin” translates loosely to “Morning Mist”, the perfect visual manifestation of the melancholic late night journey Marselan takes you on, as well as the literal observation of the state of your surroundings when you step outside of the darkened club after having experienced one of his mind altering, body controlling sets first hand. From the communal playas of Burning Man to the exclusive enclaves of Berghain, Marselan’s consciousness expanding sound is one that all connoisseurs of fine House and Techno need to acquaint themselves with.

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5 Sep

The Visionary Mix Show – Carnival Special

There are certain things that are constants. Traditions if you will. Things that you can look forward too each and every year with out fail. The CNE, OVO fest, Every team in Toronto tanking it every season (OK the Jays are good now yeah yeah) and from our end, Marcus Visionary‘s Carnival Ragga Jungle Special. The world famous Notting Hill Carnival in London just passed last weekend and even though this was the first time in a few years that Marcus wasn’t there in person he wasn’t going to let the vibes run away from him this year just because he had other commitments.

So here we have it, originally aired in two parts on his highly acclaimed Visionary Mix Show on Kool London, we bring you all four hours of the annual Visionary Carnival Special featuring strictly the most sought after and exclusive Ragga Jungle dubplates of the last few months in one blazing mix. Featuring brand new productions and VIP’s from Marcus himself alongside contemporaries like Benny Page, Lion Dub Potential Bad Boy and Dirty Dubsters. All that plus Marcus put out a new single this week on Inner City Dance, “Step Aside” featuring Steppa Style with mixes from Terror Tone and Lamont Dex which is out worldwide at all the usual spots now. All we ask is that you just handle yourself with some decorum while listening to it and maybe rethink blowing your air horn for the reload while sitting on the back of the Queen street car in rush hour traffic.

28 Aug

The FranDiscos – Hi. We’re Still Good

After what seems like an impossibly long absence we are finally blessed with another mix from the brothers FranDisco just in time to soundtrack the tail end of your summer. We love the whole spectrum of the underground, scanning all of it to find the good shit. The FranDiscos (real life brothers Andrew and Jonathan) also like the good shit, that’s why we always rate them so highly. They are the byproduct of everything that makes the sonic melting pot of growing up in Toronto unique. The DJing embodiment of the I Pod shuffle generation, each foot firmly planted simultaneously in the music of the immediate past and the ever changing future. Teenage Junglists, immersed in Rap and House, ear’s always on the cusp of what’s around the corner as the lines between dance music blur together.

Just a quick glance of the track list gives you an immediate idea of the duos wide reaching ability to draw together seemingly disparate selections from across the electronic panorama and deftly mix them into one cohesive story for the dance floor. They effortlessly blend from Ryan Hemsworth to Machinedrum, Disclosure to Flume, Run The Jewels to Rick Ross with adventurous sprinklings of Dillinja and Daft Punk for good measure. All of this casual genre bending is nothing new for the FranDiscos, it’s been their signature from the very start of their career, from dingy booze cans to the now legendary Bassmentality nights and currently via their weekly radio show on Dubplate.FM, Andrew and John have been seamlessly rifling through the contents of their hard drive for enough years now that the status of “veteran” is hovering over their heads.

Never complacent, catch them all over town at their own parties, playing their own never to be released specials and keep your eyes on them as the new year approaches. In the meantime though, roll up and ride out with the FranDiscos because summer is no were near done yet and there is still plenty of times to be had, besides, the Jays might actually win something eh so you need that party music on the quick pull up.

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18 Aug

Freeza Chin & Plain English Live at Bump 13

We started our BUMP brand of parties over a year ago mainly as an outlet for us to have a party where we could play all of the brand new and classic UK Garage, bass heavy House music and Funky that we loved in a small “no pressure” setting. If it had just been us and our immediate crew in a small room playing the music we would have been totally happy with that. Now 13 parties in we have built up a tight dedicated community of UK Garage lovers from Toronto and the UK who all share our love for the music, it’s culture and it’s unmistakable party vibe. Like all of our projects, we are very guarded and protective of our brand, so we generally just stick to ourselves, but when the offer for our next show “came across the desk” we had to get involved. When our favorite promoter in the city, Last Planet approached us about teaming up with them and the cool kids at BASE Toronto to present the debut of Flava D we immediately jumped at the opportunity.


Flava D has taken the UK scene by storm over the last 2 years with heavy cosigns from the legendary DJ EZ and the always at the forefront Butterz label. Flava D has let her music do the talking with a steady stream of releases on Ellijah & Skilliam’s Butterz as well as Champion’s Formula Records. Rooted in Garage, her productions draw in influences from across the London Underground from Grime to Bassline House all with a distinct flare and sexiness that makes the sound her own. Catch the full BUMP crew in a supporting role building the vibes for the first lady of UKG to undoubtedly duppy the place.

To set the mood we are releasing this live set from our last BUMP event in June from our man Freeza Chin hosted by the voice of Channel One and BUMP Plain English. As usual Freeza was on fire on the night laying down a ferocious set of current Garage, Funky and Grime leaning heaters that had the dance floor heaving. In addition to Flava D at Studio Bar this Friday, look out for the 14th installment of BUMP arriving Sept12 at Weldon Park. #NoStandStill!

29 Jul

The Visionary Mix Show

The lazy daze of Summer are shining down on us and everyone is in good spirits. We have our own reasons to be cheerful, as without much fanfare we have quietly reached five years of Channel One. Our little “side project” has been a constant in our lives this whole time and we are just as invigorated and excited to keep bringing you new music as we were when we started. It’s only fitting that as we turn the page on our first half decade that we post a mix from our figurehead, and the first DJ to appear on our station when we launched, Marcus Visionary.

Since joining the illustrious roster of Kool London last year, The Visionary Mix Show has built up a huge worldwide following making his show one of the of the most listened to and streamed programs on the storied station. The archives of the show have been consistently cracking the top 5 most listened too mixes on Mixcloud in all of the relevant Drum & Bass related categories every other week when a new episode drops. So this week we figured since we are all living our lives outside right now, we should give you some essential sundrenched selections. Here is four full hours of soulful liquid DnB and Jungle for your listening pleasure in the form of two back to back episodes of the of the most recent Visionary Mix Shows. Say no more really, you know what to do. Enjoy the Summer, we have lots planned for the months ahead.

You can catch Marcus this Sunday @ Coda for the next instalment of the Master Lab series in support of LTJ Bukem and Lenzman. A show not to be missed for all the lovers of progressive Drum & Bass.

17 Jun

Skeezer – Summer Bass Mix

Alan Lam is a bit of a Bass Music renaissance man around these parts. Be it though producing for some of the most respected labels in Drum & Bass under the name Stranjah for the better part of 15 years or through his current label/event/artist collective brand Rumpshakers. This week he unveils his newest alias: Skeezer, a moniker created to operate alongside his Stranjah output to explore the tempos and ideas that mingle together between the polar opposites of House and Drum & Bass. Skeezer steps out of the gate with a strong statement of intent with his self titled debut EP dropping June 25th encompassing 6 heavyweight tracks of shoulder to shoulder dance floor freshness. To sweeten the pot he has opted to make the EP available for free on his Soundcloud to launch the label arm of Rumpshakers and create a wider awareness for the project.

Throughout his long artistic journey Lam has remained a formidable force behind the decks , scanning the entire spectrum of the underground and applying his inherent good taste to rope together the best of what’s now and what’ s missing from the past into his varied and energetic DJ sets. Here he turns in a blazing summer time mix for us blending some of our current favorites with some vintage gems giving you a taste of just what is in store for what we know will be many heaving dance floors helmed by the man in the immediate future. The Skeezer EP drops June 25th on Rumpshakers, keep it locked to their socials for all info on their upcoming events and releases. Load this mix up on your phone and get outside, it’s summer time!

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21 May

Grimm – Guest Mix – May 2015

Just shut the fuck up and let the music do the talking. We live by this. We detach ourselves from those around here who don’t live by this. Call it an unofficial code of conduct that we hold everyone too. Grimm lives by this too. We never specifically had any kind of conversation about this subject with him, and that’s because we don’t have too. Actions speak. Wasting our time talking about something that both parties already know is happening would be counterproductive and takes time away from doing what is most important. The Music. Remember when Chris Rock said “You don’t get credit for doing shit that you are supposed to do”? It’s kind of like that.

If you need to find Grimm he will most likely be where he is supposed to be, in the Studio, working tirelessly on his art and his craft as a producer, remixer, mixer, vocalist and engineer. While you are taking selfies talking about “Wait till you here this new baaaannnnger”, Grimm has his head down making them. Be it as part of his widely successful production partnership as Rainer & Grimm, his extensive credit list as an engineer and mixer for some of the biggest names in the industry, or in staying true to his original love, as the voice you hear crooning hooks and melodies in some of Drum & Bass’s freshest cuts.

It is the latter that we are touching on here. Grimm started his career as an aspiring producer mesmerized by the futuristic soul and energy of Drum & Bass and Jungle. A product of Toronto’s storied love affair with the genre, despite all of his success working at other tempos and facets of the music industry Grimm never fell out of love with the music and the culture that initially inspired him. A steady stream of collaborations and vocal performances with some of the scenes most respected producers and labels has been flowing for the better part of five years now. Total Science, S.P.Y, Hospital Records and Spearhead are regular Grimm collaborators, with more on the way from this notorious studio rat. Grimm’s love for the deeper and more soulful end of the D&B spectrum is on show with this rare studio mix that he has blessed us with. Showcasing some of his recent releases and some of his current favorites from across the scene. You can catch Grimm in what is becoming a very infrequent appearance lately playing alongside regular collaborator S.P.Y. at the inaugural Master Lab event at Coda this Saturday with Random Movement and Gremlinz in tow. Essential for any true Drum & Bass head.

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24 Apr

Evidence – Spring Forward

Finally it’s here. We know we speak for most of you out there when we say we couldn’t take anymore of winter’s unrelenting grip. No worries though, we made it. Spring is here and with it the invigorating feeling of change and the inevitable rush of optimism that Summer is in fact right around the corner. Life is better. Birds are chirping. You can start to walk outside in sneakers that you have been stock piling all winter without having an anxiety attack about them instantly getting ruined. (okay maybe that’s just us) Point is, We earned this shit, now it’s time to enjoy it. You need music to soundtrack this refreshing period. We got you.

Our friend Evidence aka Leans hated winter so much that he moved to the west coast so that he could be immersed in those perpetual Spring/Fall jean jacket temperate vibes all year long. (We don’t actually know if that’s why he left but it sounds good so we are running with it) He turned in this Spring Forward mix of slick 140 bpm (or thereabouts) bass weight atmosphere. Finely tuned with equal parts 2 Step swing, hazy dub, futuristic soul and Jungle inferences throughout. Evidence captures that marvelous grey area where all of our favorite elements of the melting pot that is “Bass” music combine into one low slung, smokers groove. So build up, grab your sun glasses and get outside and enjoy this while it lasts cause it won’t be long before you are wallowing in the mid summer swamp pit of life draining humidity and corny EDM festivals. Don’t forget to stay up to date with Evidence on all of his socials and keep dialed in with everything he has going on under his more Rap leaning excursions as Leans. Wintah dun fam.

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16 Mar

Marcus Visionary – 90s Classic UKG Mix Tape 97-98

Nostalgia. Look back to go forward. Every thing that was old is new again. Relive that feeling. Music moves in cycles. Spring is almost here. Renewal. Ect ect ect.

Now that we got all of the cliché sayings out of the way to describe this weeks “throwback” mix, lets get to the point: The General Marcus Visionary, widely recognized the world over as the ambassador for Jungle Music out of Toronto, is very rarely credited for being the cornerstone in this city for another major UK music movement: Garage. We have spoken in depth in the past about Marcus’s involvement in the storied Flirt Collective and their responsibility in exposing and educating Toronto with the emerging sounds of UKG and 2 Step in the late 90’s via their club nights, mix tapes and radio shows. So today we will just skip all of that and get right to the music.

Marcus obtained a digitized copy of one of his early tapes recorded sometime between 1997 and 1998 (Marcus can’t remember exactly, too many late nights) and we are sharing it with you in all of it’s low fi, vinyl crackling, tape transferred glory. We even kept the 20 second gap of silence in the very middle of the mix to remind you that you had to flip the tape over back in the day.

The best part about mixes from the past is that they present the music in the context of when it came out, rather than an “old school” set that cherry picks the best tracks from a broader period and puts them together without consideration for the timeline of when the tracks became available originally. This is a mix of Marcus playing a set of all the records he had gotten fresh in the few weeks leading up to the recording of this mix, rather than a retrospective of hot tracks from the “golden era of Garage”. A perfect snapshot of the period, when the bump and swing of four to the floor Garage was just starting to see the broken elements of skipping 2 Step beginning to creep into the music, all anchored of course by the ever present sound system bass line. Well known (fresh at the time) classics from the likes of Dem 2 and Bump & Flex appear alongside forgotten white labels that even Marcus can’t remember.

Catch Marcus for a small and intimate BUMP special event in celebration of his birthday this Friday March 20th at Bassline Music Bar alongside fellow BUMP residents Tasc, Lush and hosted as always by Plain English for more of the same both old and brand new.