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.

 

2 Nov
2013

SHFT – Never Made Love

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So Halloween is over, and with it all the obligatory play lists of “dark” music and imagery. Fall is in full swing, and with the inevitable coming of winter it’s time to leave the summer flings to the side, choose your main piece and get settled in for the long cold months to come. Nobody wants to be sleeping alone when it’s minus 20 outside. This yearly phenomenon is also widely known (on the internet) as “Cuffing Season”.

With Cuffing Season in full swing, our boy Shift comes threw with this essential soundtrack of hazy R&B drenched, Intimate 808 Club music (Shout to Brenmar). Guaranteed to tug the heart strings of even the most icy would be partner, and an excellent go to when you need to give Drake’s album a rest for the day.

Shift has been steadily building his following over the last 18 months with a stream of ear catching sets, mixes and productions both on his own and in collaboration with regular partner in crime Leans. His sound is rooted in the 808 drum beds of Rap, but with a soulfulness, depth and emotion often overlooked, yet crucially needed. Think Three 6 Mafia meets Teddy Riley on MDMA at the after party, and you get the idea.

Grab a box of tissue and a tub of haagen dazs and get ready to cry.

SHFT – Never Made Love by Channel One on Mixcloud

Tracklist:

Party Next Door – Welcome To The Party
Wale Ft. Tiara Thomas – Bad (Yarin Lidor Remix)
Ginuwine – Pony (starRo remix)
Wayvee – Full Circle
Henry Krinkle – Stay (Trapback Remix)
Joy Orbison – Hyph Mngo (Wayvee Remix)
Payton Long – Hear You Calling
Okera – The Way
Tajan x fwdslxsh – Beautiful
Sango – Here With Me
wu05 – the end of your voyage final
Sweater Beats – Make a Move
J-Lah – Ooo Baby Baby
Chiefs – Float
Submerse – Spending Time
Charles Murdoch – Dekire
Weep – I Know U Got Work
Switch ft. Andrea Martin – I Still Love You (Yarin Lidor Remix)
Kut Klose – Surrender (Reprise) (DJ Hoodboi Remix)
Cathy Dennis – Touch Me (J-LAH REMIX)
Ginuwine – Differences (DJ Hoodboi Remix)
Keys N Krates – NOWIMGUNNACHANGE
Young Pharaohs – One With The World (Glam Shell Remix)
staRo – Hold On, We’re Going Home ft. Iman Europe (Drake Rework)
Justin Timberlake – Until the End of Time Ft. Beyoncé (Tajan Remix)

3 Oct
2013

Lush on the BassCult Podcast

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It’s good to know that at least SOMEBODY can actually get what is becoming a very rare mix from our boy Lush these days. Turns out our friends at the BassCult Podcast and D&B Culture figured out that if you lure him in under the guise of doing an interview to discuss his involvement with Inner City Dance and this very web site, then you can get his guard down enough that he will let you hit record while he plays some music. We will keep that in mind.

Of course with Lush, things just sort of happen and what starts as a simple question and answer session on what is happening over at the label he runs with Marcus Visionary and whats going on behind the scenes over here quickly shifts over to a whole bunch of other loosely related topics. In Lush’s typical light hearted yet bluntly honest manner he shares some stories from the past and gives a great insight about the rise and fall of “Dubplate Culture” in Drum & Bass and beyond. An informative and engaging listen from a guy respected as much for his DJ skills and history as he is for his “tell it like it is” persona.

Rounding off the 2 hour chat, Lush steps up to the decks and lays down a quick mix of brand new and mostly unreleased music from mainly Canadian producers including Rene Lavice, Marcus Visionary, Gremlinz, Artifice, NC 17 and John Rolodex.

Maybe Lush will bless us with another one of his mixtapes one day soon eh?

I Tunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/episode-4/id680676866?i=168185678&mt=2

 

Direct:
http://basscult.podomatic.com/entry/2013-09-19T20_09_09-07_00

 

Tracklist:

Dizzee Rascal – I Don’t Need A Reason (Mampi Swift rmx)
Rene LaVice – Dark Passenger (June Miller rmx)
Spirit – Axis 2
Marcus Visionary -Cold Sound (Blue Note Mix) – Soundman EP
Marcus Visionary – Black Widow – Inner City Dance
Marcus Visionary – Soundman Dub – Soundman EP
Artifice – Blacklight VIP
Artifice – Airlock VIP
Marcus Visionary – Dubwizer – Soundman EP
Unknown – Some Dude – Yeah.
Artifice – Centrifuge
Spirit – Obsession
Rene LaVice – Tap Dat (Chords rmx)
John Rolodex – You’re The One
Marcus Visionary – Open Your Soul
NC 17 & Nusense – Henchville
Skyjuice – 90’s
Skyjuice – Raggamuffin

28 Sep
2013

Tasc & Dick Diamonds – Next Door

Getting you ready for the Fall and the eminent start of Cardigan Season (or Cuffing Season depending on who you talk to) we are dropping some fresh new visuals for a recent collaboration between our own Tasc and Dick Diamonds of the mighty Deep North Collective.

The track itself is a bumping late night sleazer with a languid rolling b line in line with Tasc’s legendary DJ sets and Deep North’s illicit after hours events. The expertly curated visual collage brings the whole package to the next level and is really just a taste of things to come from the Gawd 2 Champagne, Dick Diamonds and the whole Deep North crew.

Tasc & Dick Diamonds – Next Door from Channel One

9 Aug
2013

Marcus Visionary – Underground Source Vol.2

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Well summer is in full swing and a great summer in the city it has been so far. From massive daytime festivals to illicit late night sweat boxes, there is something fun and exciting happening for fans of all styles of electronic music. If history teaches us anything it’s that when things explode and start to feel “mainstream” there is ALWAYS a counter reaction of music coming from the underground to balance the over the top “main room” music being pushed to the front.

With his fingers ever on the pulse of that underground reaction for over 20 years now, Marcus Visionary returns to Channel One with part 2 to his Underground Source House and Garage mix from a couple months ago.

Sexy, soulful, dark, upbeat body moving music from start to finish, highlighting the new wave of Garage inspired House music pouring out of the UK at the moment. Remember what we told you last time? Music that captures that magical “Feeling” of original 4/4 Garage and 2 Step but with brand new production and a whole new generation of producers revitalizing and broadening the sound.

Play loud, in a dark room, with lots of your friends.

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17 Jul
2013

Terror Tone – Summer Jump Off Mixtape

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We are big fans of Terror Tone. After debuting him on Channel One almost two years ago Luke Terror Tone has gone from strength to strength in his studio, pumping out meticulously crafted productions that have been getting better and better with each passing track.

His label Stacked Records has been putting out quality Garage leaning party music, raising the profile of the label with every release. His music has been regularly peppering the play lists of BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra and the Fabric Live Mix Series, and his forthcoming Galaxies EP on Stacked has been gaining more widespread response and play than any release previous.

Much like his current wave of production, his DJ sets are designed to make you move. Terror Tone’s mix tape is full of his own tracks and dubs alongside some of the biggest dance floor tracks of the last few months from Breach, Disclosure, Duke Dumont, Shadow Child and Claude von Stroke.

In addition to the Galaxies EP dropping July 18, watch for Terror Tone’s remix of Project 88’s “Dirty Acid” for Inner City Dance in September as well as more original stuff in the pipeline with different labels before the end of the year.

Catch Terror Tone at the release party for the Galaxies EP at newly minted Studio Bar on Jul 20th.

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Tracklist:

1) Amine Edge & Dance – Pop 60 (Original Mix)
2) Breach – Jack
4) R.I.P Productions – Work It
5) Terror Tone – Tundra (Ragga Twins Vocal Mix)
6) Terror Tone – Mash up
7) Shadow Child – So High
8) Kry Wolf & Claude VonStroke – Turbosteppa
9) Disclosure – Latch (T.Williams Edit)
10) Duke Dumont feat. A*M*E – Need U (100%)
11) Polkadot – Wasn’t Like That
12) Terror Tone – The Creeps
13) Lioness – The Night (Terror Tone Remix)
13) Slap In The Bass – Egypt (Hostage Remix)
12) Wilkinson – Take You Higher (Foamo Remix)
13) Loadstar – Refuse to Love (My Nu Leng Remix)
14) Deekline and Hardy Hard – I Can’t Hide It (Terror Tone Remix)
15) Project 88 – Dirty Acid (Terror Tone Remix)
16) Deekline – JZ in Paris
17) Hannah Wants & Chris Lorenzo – Dappy
4 Jul
2013

Artifice – Crime Rate Mix – July 2013

Since his last drop for us at the beginning of the year Artifice has been locked away in his studio pumping out tracks at a staggering rate while his DJ diary has been getting busier and busier.

We told you then, like we have with so many other artists previously: Remember where you heard it first!

Artifice returns with a fresh mix chock full of some of his latest dubplates just in time to coincide with his next release for the fast rising, always unpredictable Inner City Dance imprint.

We call him “Champion Handsome” but there is really nothing nice about his DJ style. Precise, stark, clinical Drum & Bass aimed at the dance floor but never straying to far from the minimal, tension building vibe that is Artifice’s production trademark.

Artifice also possesses possibly the tightest Vine game in all of Drum & Bass. (We are confident his skills with 6 seconds will translate just fine to 15 with Instagram Video)

“Crime Rate” b/w “Shadows” drops July 8th on Inner City Dance with much more in the pipeline from this vastly talented producer on a number of labels in the months to come.

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4 Jun
2013

Wiley & Freeza Chin ‘The Ascent Toronto Mixtape’

See Freeza Chin plays the game, but he always keeps his cards close to his chest. We happen to know that for the last few months he has been keeping an ace on deck in his back pocket, waiting for the right time to shut down the rest of the table.

That time has now come. In addition to his role as the number one Grime DJ outside of the UK, he is also a professional recording engineer by day, working the SSL board at key Toronto studio, Phase One.

Its in his day job that he was able to meet up with and record with arguably THE key figure in all of Grime, The Eski Beat pioneer, Pay As You Go Cartel member, Rinse FM original and Roll Deep and Boy Better Know don: Wiley. While in the process of recording his current album “The Ascent”, Wiley came to Toronto to quietly record in privacy and gain inspiration. After meeting with Freeza he invited him to one of his sessions and decided to bless the mic for an entire mix tape helmed by Freeza behind the decks.

The result? A blazing half hour of Wiley lacing his never ending flows and bars over Freeza’s selections in the same pirate radio style that made Wiley the undisputed legend that he has been for over 15 years.

“The Ascent” is out now and in true Wiley style after much drama and controversy between his label and management over what he releases, Wiley is still the same enigmatic figurehead for the entire scene that he has been since creating the whole genre on Rinse FM all those years ago.

Catch Freeza Chin this summer as the official tour DJ for Toronto’s Grime phenom, Tre Mission in performances alongside Kendrick Lamar and Joey Baddass, leading up to September when Freeza and Tre will embark on their first tour of Australia.

If there was ever any doubt about who was the most important figure in Grime music on this side of the world, maybe this mix will convince you. Nobody is testing Freeza Chin!

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14 May
2013

Marcus Visionary – Underground Source

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Lets just get this straight right off the top so you know where we stand.
There is no such thing asFuture Garage. There is also no such thing as “Future  Jungle”, “Future House” or any other attempt at creating a genre out of revisiting old ideas and vibes in new ways.  Whatever music you make or play is either music for right now, or music from the past. Stop making up new names to try and compartmentalize music so that you can lay claim to a new genre.

That being said our latest drop highlights our views perfectly.  At Channel One we make no secret about our love affair with all things “Garridge” related.  Who better to step up to the plate with a blazing hour of brand new Garage leaning House music than the DJ who pioneered the sound in this country in the first place: Marcus Visionary.

We have documented the history before but to sum up Marcus alongside DJ’s Sassal’e and T Step introduced Toronto to the sounds of UK Garage in the mid nineties via their weekly Flirt parties, their individual mix tapes and threw their radio shows.

As Garage morphed from New York style stomping 4/4, to two step and then faded into dark garage, Grime and then Dubstep, lovers of original UK Garage have been searching for tunes that had that “feeling” that made them fall for the sound the first time around.

Lately more and more tunes are popping up from new UK producers and labels alongside new tracks from re-inspired pioneers of the style that have “that feeling”.  Always on the pulse, Marcus gets to work and selects brand new tracks from scene innovators like MK alongside young producers inspired by the sound like Terror Tone and Huxley.

The warm weather is just about here. Get that summer vibe going with this mix of upfront Garage House music from one of the most important and influential  DJ’s to ever walk the earth on this side of the world.  There is nothing “Future” about it. This is “Right Now Garage“.

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