18 Mar
2014

Plain English BUMP Interview

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Plain English BUMP Interview by Channel One Station

We sat down with Plain English the unmistakable voice of Channel One, BUMP, Toronto Funky and UKC about his deep roots in UK music from Jungle to Garage, Grime and beyond, and his reflections on the new wave of UK House, Garage and Deep House currently taking the streets and ears of young urban London by storm.  Plain recounts his history and motivations as one of the main lynch pins for building the bridge between Toronto and London and creating a community for the music to flourish here, the same way Jungle, Drum & Bass and Dubstep have before it.

Catch Plain English this Saturday at BUMP 003 hosting the sets of Inner City Dance  (Marcus Visionary & Lush), Freeza Chin and Tasc playing the freshest new Garage, Deep House and Bass mutations mixed with essential UKG foundation classics.  If you have yet to experience a BUMP event, we urge you to come early to ensure entry and dress to impress, but ready to move!

Check the BUMP event page HERE

7 Mar
2014

Gary Esson Mix & Interview

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Gary Esson – March 2014 by Channel One Station

The wealth of new music that we can loosely file under the “UK Garage” banner that has been coming though lately is something we have made no secret about being excited by. So when the opportunity came up for us to not only get a mix from, but also interview one of the main proponents of the contemporary 4×4 Garage or “Bumpy” sound we had to jump at it. Gary Esson has been quietly making a name for himself as a producer who’s output carries on in the traditional cut up sample heavy Garage style pioneered by the likes of Todd Edwards and Marc Kichen (MK).

Signed to 2Tuf4u records, the label of legendary Tuff Jam producer Karl “Tuff Enuff” Brown, Gary Esson  has released a number of EP’s and remixes on the label. Check out Gary’s mix of his own productions and go in depth with Gary Esson about his history, music and the state of UK Garage in this exclusive interview conducted by Marcus Visionary HERE –>
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19 Feb
2014

Marcus Visionary – Underground Source Vol 3

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Marcus Visionary – Underground Source Vol. 3 by Channel One Station

At this point it is pretty common knowledge that the entire UK centric bass music cannon has been forever influenced and shaped by original late 90’s Garage.  From the added swing, percussion and bass line weight of the so called “Deep House” of Dusky and Breach, to the pop sensibilities of Disclosure,  the ghost of UKG has been a constant in all of the UK based House coming out for a number of years.  Most recently however there has been an even greater shift back to the actual blueprint and tempo of Garage with a whole slew of new producers making contemporary 2 step and bumping 4×4 in line with the original style rather than just referencing and alluding to it in their productions.

As he always has been with this sound since pioneering it on this side of the world the first time around, Marcus Visionary is right at the helm of this new wave of “Garridge”, pushing the sound thru his DJ sets, Label (Inner City Dance) and his new series of Bump parties.

Gearing up for the second instalment of Bump this Friday, Marcus gets to work and lays down volume three of his Underground Source Garage and House mix series.  Over an hour and a half of brand new and classic UKG and bass heavy House seamlessly mixed with Marcus’s legendary precision.

Catch Marcus at BUMP 002 with label partner Lush appearing together as Inner City Dance alongside a stacked line up of some of Toronto’s leading underground lights including Terror Tone, Alex Brooks and Sylvermayne all hosted by the voice of Channel One and Bump: Plain English.

The last edition of BUMP was a tight, sweaty, grinding, smiling mess. Don’t be left out in the cold for this one.

16 Feb
2014

SHFT – Emotionally Unavailable

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SHFT – Emotionally Unavailable by Channel One Station
 

Ok so Valentine’s Day is done with, and for all the loving couples, side chicks, phone call away dudes, or jaded singles out there still basking in the loving glow or lonely sorrow evoked by this hallmark holiday we have just the soundtrack for you to keep you in or get you out of that feeling. The young gunner SHFT, who has quickly solidified himself as one of our favorite DJ’s and the most exciting new name to break through the circuit this year drops an exclusive mix of his trademark Intimate 808 Club Music. Guaranteed to tug your heart strings, empty your tear ducts and have you texting that recent “prospect” you met at that after hours last weekend with an exploratory “What’s Up? (—smiley face with tongue out emoticon—)”

We hope we can provide the musical backdrop to your never ending struggle with the game of love, sex and relationships. Play loud.

Tracklist:

Sucka (DJ Sliink & DJ Hoodboi & Trippy Turtle Remix)
♡ EMOJI KING ♡ – slow it down bb
Ghost Town DJ’s – My Boo (Wave Racer Remix)
CleindlGirl
Matthew Sailor – When You Say
Jailo & Kappa Kavi – Simbaland
FLEXENBAUM – HUSH/MIDNIGHT
Akeda – All Night With Me
Krimslo – FEELS_XP
Wayvee – I’ll Never
Krimslo – Close
DFRNT – Tripped (Synkro Remix)
Fwdslxsh – ‘4 U’
Justin Timberlake – My Love (Dr. Fresch’s #Hashtag Remix)
Elaksi – Gave You All
El. Train – Your Lover
Loft Apartment – Someone’s Will [KR$CHN Remix]
LOLO BX – YUP!
starRo – In Love
El. Train – Your Gaze
Riggadale – Trouble (Riggadale Remix)
J-Louis – 320am with Nikko Gray
Brandy – I Wanna Be Down (Laudz Remix)
Ciara – Overdose (Dave Luxe Remix)
Herr Johann – Vibrations (Seapoint Deep Wub Remix)
Howie Wonder – Mellow (El. Train Remix)
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VXNYL – Slowmoshit
Klimeks – Tokyo Train (Waved Edition)
INSPEKTAH – Promise

4 Feb
2014

Lush – #AllDillinjaEverything

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Lush – #AllDillinjaEverything by Channel One Station

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Anybody who is into Drum & Bass, at any point in the music’s long history should immediately be familiar with the name Dillinja. There are few producers in the entire sphere of electronic music that hold the almost mythical status held by the “cold, dark brother” from south London. Real name Karl Francis, Dillinja had by the age of 18 in the mid nineties already put out some of the most ground breaking, seminal pieces of music ever released in Jungle, and his production style and sound created the entire blueprint for what Drum & Bass would become. Described by Goldie himself as his single “biggest inspiration” the list of landmark tunes and remixes under the Dillinja, Capone, Trinity and Cybotron banners released between 1993 and 2004 is literally too long to mention. Have a look at Dillinja’s discography and reference any track names you don’t recognize with their corresponding You Tube clips to fully familiarize yourself with his prolific output. To even remotely down play the man’s impact on Drum & Bass production and all of electronic music’s production as a whole would be completely uninformed and disrespectful to the culture of the entire music.

That out of the way, the man himself will be making a very rare Toronto appearance, playing a set of his classics and forthcoming material alongside Calyx & Teebee and Toronto golden boy Rene LaVice in celebration of TorontoJungle.com’s 15 year anniversary party. To set the mood and anticipation for the event, our boy Lush, an unabashed “Dillinja Stan” himself who will also be playing on the night turned in this #AllDillinjaEverything mix covering a selection of Dillinja classics spanning the above mentioned time period.

From Lush:

”While it is impossible to do one fully comprehensive mix of every seminal Dillinja tune ever made, I tried my best to fit together as many key records and personal favorites as I could in a way that still flowed and showcased and respected each individual tune properly. I could easily do another installment of this mix with all the tunes that didn’t make it on this time, each tune being equally as important and vital. All hail Dillinja!”

Tracklist:
Intro (Remember…)
Deadly Deep Subs Remix – Dillinja – Deadly Vinyl
Tear Down The Whole Place – Dillinja – Conqueror
Angels Fell – Dillinja – Metalheadz
2 Da 1 – Capone – Hardleaders
Muthafucka – Dillinja – Philly Blunt
Jah – Capone – Chronic
Jah Know Ya Big – Dillinja – Metalheadz
Selassie I – Trinity – Philly Blunt
Perfect Match – Dillinja – Deadly Vinyl
Chapter 19 – Trinity – V Recordings
South Side Riffin – Dillinja – White
Lion Heart – Dillinja & Bert – Lionheart
You Don’t Know Remix – Dillinja- Logic Productions
Deep Love – Dillinja – Logic Productions
Soverign Melody – Dillinja – Deadly Vinyl
Deadly Deep Subs – Dillinja – Deadly Vinyl
Deadly Ceremonies – Dillinja – Deadly Vinyl
Silverblade – Cybotron feat Dillinja – Prototype
Acid Track – Dillinja – Valve
Bambataa (Dillinja Remix) – Shy FX – Ebony
Babylon (Dillinja Remix) – Splash – Juice Recordings
Hard Noize – Dillinja – Test
Lucky Star (Dillinja Dub Mix) – Dizzee Rascal
Stronium Jazz (Dillinja Remix) – Future Forces – Renegade Hardware
Valve Sound – Dillinja – Cybotron LP
All Aboard – Dillinja – Cybotron LP
Grimey – Dillinja – V Recordings
Thugged Out Bitch – Dillinja – Valve
Twist Em Out – Dillinja – Renegade Hardware
Massive – Capone – Hardleaders
Live Or Die – Dillinja – Valve
Crunch – Dillinja – Valve
—-Just Warming Up – Dillinja – Valve—-
Good Girl – Dillinja – Valve
I Told You How To Rock – Dillinja – Cybotron LP
Listen To My Flow – Dillinja – Test
Light Years – Cybotron feat Dillinja – Prototype
I Wanna Know – Dillinja – Cybotron LP
Tudor Rose – Capone – Hardleaders
Nasty Ways – Dillinja – FFRR
Nasty Ways (Wide Screen Mix) – Dillinja – FFRR
Outro (Bryan G speaks)

We strongly recommend listening to this mix in your car or on a large system. Ear buds and shitty beats by Dre headphones are not going to do it justice! See you at the TJ anniversary on Friday.

29 Jan
2014

Ice One – Phuture Sounds, Phuture Generations

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Ice One – Phuture Sounds, Phuture Generations by Channel One Station

As we are still seemingly trapped in this never ending winter we thought we would drop another mix from one of our absolute favourite DJ’s, a guy who relishes in the winter months and specializes in stone cold underground selections. The ALWAYS on point Ice One.

The Toronto native, currently residing in Banff comes thru with a two sided mixtape showcasing strictly the freshest, most futuristic flavours at both the 170 bpm and 130 (or thereabouts) bpm sphere. Regardless of the different tempos however, Ice One’s selections all convey the same theme of low slung, moody, soulful deepness and good taste that continually make him for us one of the most exciting and must listen to DJ’s in Canada.

Some rare words from Ice One himself:

“I don’t have a lot to say, I feel like the music speaks for itself but I do want to take a second and send my shouts and love out to Lush, Tasc, and the whole ChannelOneStation.com camp for regulating beats and keeping it true to the craft. Also, out to Britz, Stranjah, Gremlinz and everybody else representing the real sounds, making music from the heart. We live for this shit…”

If you’re still sleeping on Ice One, you’re just late. That’s all there is too it.

Tracklist:

SIDE A
1. Intro
2. Stranjah – Changelling
3. Gremlinz & Homemade Weapons ft. Collinjah – After Dark (J:Kenzo Remix)
4. Ruffhouse – Greyscale
5. Acid Lab – Stainless
6. Dominic Petrie – Ephemerol Test
7. Overlook – Clouds
8. Homemade Weapons – Delorean
9. Ulterior Motive – Lost Contact
10. Nebula – esreveR
11. Gremlinz & Homemeade Weapons ft. Collinjah – 11th Hour
12. Overlook – Street Spirit
13. Ruffhouse – Pellet
14. Nasty Habits – Shadowboxing
15. DBR UK ft. MC Focus – Above The Slums
16. Skream – Fnkonomika

SIDE B

17. Special Request – Wall To Wall
18. Randomer – Ruffa
19. Dense & Pika – Backstage Mute
20. Ten Walls – Requiem
21. Nick Monaco – The Stalker (Soul Clap’s American Tribal Remix)
22. Alexi Delano & Shaun Reeves – The Mistral
23. Oliver Schories – Go
24. Adam Beyer & Ida Ingberg – You Know
25. PillowTalk – Soft (Life & Death Remix)
26. Trevino – Twelve
27. Good Guy Mikesh & Filburt – Place Of Love (MP Edit)
28. Sparky – Portland
29. Pusha T – Numbers On The Boards
30. Keith Murray – The Most Beautifullest Thing In This World (Green-Eyed Remix)

16 Jan
2014

Freeza Chin – BUMP 001 Mix

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2014 has landed and the music and the parties continue. First mix of the year is courtesy of our boy Freeza Chin who lays down a quick mix of brand new Garage influenced House and Grime peppered with Golden Era UK Garage classics in anticipation of our newly launched BUMP party series. The brainchild of Marcus Visionary, BUMP parties will showcase various DJ’s playing all styles of sub leaning UK Garage, Deep House, Funky, and Bass Mutations on the massive purpose built Dub Rock Sound System.

Marcus Visionary:

“Toronto has had a very long love affair with U.K bass music. From the bleep sounds of the early 90’s, to Nasa Dance Pub’s weekly Flirt events (97-2002). More recently the now legendary Toronto Funky nights with Freeza Chin, Marcus Visionary & MC Plain English. The U.K Garage sound has been bubbling away influencing the latest crop of House & Bass music producers in the U.K. Acts such as; Disclosure, Dusky, Huxley, DJ Q, and Low Steppa have helped to usher in a new era in the evolution of the Garage Sound. With the help of legendary producers such as Matt Jam Lamont, Karl Tuff Enuff Brown, Scott Diaz, Grant Nelson and Todd Edwards the sound has once again taken a hold of the underground music scene. BUMP is here to give you the raw upfront sounds coming out of the U.K. This time we’re bringing in the mighty DUB ROCK SOUNDSYSTEM to make sure you hear the music exactly as it’s supposed to be heard! Calling all Garridge music lovers! ”

POWERED BY: THE DUB ROCK SOUNDSYSTEM

INNER CITY DANCE (Marcus Visionary & DJ Lush)

FREEZA CHIN (Nasty F.M)

TASC (Channel One)

MC PLAIN ENGLISH – (Toronto Funky, Bump Resident)

In Association with:

Inner City Dance, Toronto Funky, Channel One

We will see you out a BUMP, but make sure to arrive early and ready to sweat!

31 Dec
2013

Tasc – Lost In Time

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It seems like 2013 just flew by. We had our three year anniversary and tried our best to curate a series of diverse yet equally vital mixes from DJ’s new and old. Musically we saw a firm reaction to all the “overground” music (read EDM, actually really read Wack shit) by a surge in creativity in Garage, Drum & Bass and Rap inspired beats. But the real big movement in 2013 was undoubtedly Deep House and Techno. The festival scene in Europe as well as the clubs in Ibiza were dominated by deeper, darker, more soulful 4 to the floor. New artist’s emerged and older ones got their just due, and it would seem a whole new generation fell in love with Techno.

On the home front the parties and events this year reflected this sound as well with a number of excellent Toronto based producers stepping into the world wide spot light. So for our last drop of 2013 we thought we would remind you again about why Tasc has remained one of the best House DJs in Toronto. The French James Bond steps up with this uncompromising journey of low slung, slow burning dance floor funk, mixed with his trademark impecable precision. The selection however is what really sets it apart. Tasc‘s sound has steadily been progressing deeper and more spaced out with every mix he puts out, his uncanny ear for digging deeper and uncovering gems from across the House music diaspora is as always on full trainspotter display. Tasc veers away from the more obvious and heavily covered hot artists of the moment and crafts a hypnotizing blend of under the radar selections, all tied together to fit his hazy, smoked out sound.

We recommend listening at any early morning after party with beverages of your choice and some good friends, or as the soundtrack to any long drive, flight or train ride. You WILL get lost in time with this one, which knowing Tasc that is exactly the vibe he was on when he made this mix and what he hopes you will experience from it. Clear some time of your schedule and take in properly.

tracklisting coming soon

12 Dec
2013

10 Years of S.I.T.C

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Drum & Bass, more than any other derivative of electronic music has always been about diversity. The melting pot of music and the people behind it making and playing it have been paramount to the many stylistic shifts and changes the music has gone threw during its 20 plus year history. The idea of “soulful” influences in Drum & Bass is nothing new. Even the seemingly darkest most aggressive sounding tunes have always had at their heart a deep soulfulness and emotion lurking through their harshness. That’s what separates the classics of the genre from the mindless copy cats that the music has also been plagued with throughout its history. The idea of Light and Dark has been the most important theme in the music since it’s inception. In Hardcore, manic mentasm and reese stabs from early Techno gave way to uplifting piano breakdowns and calming ambient synth washes. Gruff Dancehall lyrics shared the same space on a record with soaring Diva vocals. By the time Jungle hit full swing, sampling full sections of classic rare groove and disco records became the norm. As time went on certain producers and DJ’s seemed to really hone in on these influences entirely, making them the main component of their sound.

By the turn of the millennium, one DJ in particular stood above the rest as the lynch pin for the more soulful, sexy side of the music: Fabio. Long recognized as one of the founding fathers of UK Rave music, Fabio was always considered the “Light” to DJ partner Grooverider’s “Dark”. He was already looked at as the main proponent for the “intelligent” side of Jungle via his Creative Source label and as co -founder (with LTJ Bukem) of scene influencing London club night Speed. Fabio was the DJ heading the charge for what was becoming an increasingly left field approach to what was happening in the rest of Drum & Bass in the early 2000’s.

Enter “Liquid Funk“. A term coined by Fabio to describe the full sets of sleazy, late night soul he was playing from a whole host of new (at that time) producers like Calibre and Marcus Intalex at his new London weekly, Swerve. Where Bukem and camp seemed to be going further and further down the ambient rabbit hole, Fabio’s selections retained a dance floor toughness and rawness to them more in line with original 90’s Jungle than with the aggro stadium rock of Pendulum and requisite copy cats influencing the rest of D&B at that time. History lesson over, this is where we come in:

In the Fall of 2003 a now infamous Toronto weekly started with the specific purpose to provide a home for the wealth of great music coming out at the time that was not always getting played in the more traditional rave settings. Release records co- owner Pete Demeester teamed up with DJ Lexx to promote “Sex In The City” upstairs at the Hooch above Queen West bar Gypsy Co-op. The two resident DJ’s were Marcus Visionary and DJ Lush who provided the musical direction of the night, playing only the freshest new releases and dubplates of the then emerging sound alongside a rotation of other top Toronto DJ’s who all stepped up to the challenge of adapting their selections to fit the vibe. Word got out quickly about the intimate and sexy vibes being created each week and soon the small club was at capacity every Saturday with long time Jungle veterans and new Drum & Bass converts rubbing shoulders on a packed dance floor.

Ten years later and the brand has been revived for a series of more recent events curated by Lexx and Rick Toxic. For the Ten year anniversary they called in original residents Marcus and Lush for an epic three hour set. For the packed house that was there, you know already what went down. If you missed it than here is that set, full of timeless S.I.T.C era favorites and seminal records rolled out as only these two veteran taste makers could. Also included is the stellar opening set full of anthems and forgotten gems by Rick Toxic and Lexx themselves, equally seasoned and precise DJ’s in their own right.

Don’t make the mistake of missing this event the next time it goes down..

DIRECT LINKS:
Download Part 1 Lexx & Toxic

Download Part 2 Lush & Marcus

14 Nov
2013

Dick Diamonds – Rooted In The Heart

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The Underground is a fascinating animal unto it self. No matter what is going on above ground in music the underground will always respond by countering, creating and persevering unaffected by whats popular.  No matter how much longer the “EDM train” barrels forward to derailment, Underground dance music and it’s integral heartbeat of House, Techno, Drum & Bass and all of it’s cross influenced derivatives will ALWAYS be bubbling just under the surface, there for all of those who take the time to seek it out.

Toronto’s Deep North Collective have been proponents and purveyors of this basic tenant for the last few years, sharing their unabashed love for undiluted House and Techno to all whose ears are close enough to the ground. Their M.O of  “Timeless House & Techno, Rooted in the Heart” sums up the crew’s output perfectly.  Wether via their blog, their countless after hours events or their 2014 label launch, this loosely based family of like minded DJ’s, producers and promoters stand as beacons in Toronto’s long standing House & Techno community.

Deep North co founder Dick Diamonds  (1/2 of the Hermans) steps up to rep his crew with this driving mix of deep, sleazy late night House and Techno.  Full of some of his own personal productions, remixes and label cuts, this mix encapsulates the gritty, throwback vibe of one of Deep North’s illicit after hours parties which happen on a very regular basis all over the downtown core. We urge you to seek them out, just don’t forget your sun glasses for the morning, you will need them.