25 Mar
2011

Freeza Chin – Live at the Channel One Party (Feb2011)

Freeza on fire lately with mixes all over the site recently. This is live from our last Channel One party at Toika, getting you in the mood for our Bass Week event this saturday.

Plain English hosting up properly while Freeza lays down heavyweight Funky/Mutant House selections in his trademark fashion. Big bashy grinding basslines and Tribal beats which had the whole crowd heaving, this set came almost as raw as that new Skepta video…

Beats from Roska, Lil Silva, Seiji, Major Lazer, Brackles & Shortstuff, Donaeo, Doc Daneeka, Champion, Justin Martin, Toddla T, Fuzzy Logic and more…

If your in Toronto don’t be late on our Bass Week party this saturday night at Calisto. Its going to be messy…

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22 Mar
2011

Guest Mix – Gremlinz (CAN)

Gremlinz, the head nod bass specialist, returns to Channel One with another journey into his side of 140 bpm territory. Deep, moody, soulful and rugged all at the same time, we know Gremlinz rolled out this mix in his scarf, sippin chinese milk tea while having a Facebook chat with some scandalous girl and ordering a pair of japanese sneakers off the internet all at the same time… effortless!

Featuring across the board selections from: Breakage, Sukh Knight, Skream, JME , XI, Loefah, Flowdan, Mr Fowl, Joy Orbison, Wiley, Lethal Bizzle, Bug, Breach, Autechre, and Icicle. Essential!

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17 Mar
2011

Freeza Chin – Grime Mix – PODCAST

We’ve been patiently waiting for Freeza to come with an all Grime mix for Channel One for months. In addition to being one of the leading Funky DJ’s in this country, Freeza Chin has been the THE preeminent Grime DJ in North America for years. Spreading the sound with his right hand man Plain English and their UKC crew, their 4 year tenure on Fusion Radio was the first all Grime show in Canada.

Currently they hold down Friday nights 7-9 pm on their current show on Nasty FM, founded by leading Grime DJ/ pioneer Mak 10 of the legendary Nasty Crew. (Marcus Nasty, Griminal, Lil Nasty, Kano, Jammer, Footsie and D Double E)

For the uninitiated, to dismiss Grime as simply being “UK Rap” would be to overlook its foundations which are as deeply rooted in Garage and Jungle as they are in US Hip Hop. On this mix Mr Freeze showcases all the core elements of the music by combining the uniquely London slang based lyricism with the spastic bass heavy energy of the beats and riddim tracks themselves. Chock full of huge dubplates and exclusives we guarantee you nobody on this side of the pond is holding these tunes.

Check out www.Nasty.fm to get your weekly Grime fix…

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13 Mar
2011

Guest Mix – Spyne (CAN)

We have a theory at Channel One: Anybody who takes the time to painstakingly build, maintain and invest in their own soundsystem designed to produce chest shattering bass automatically gets our respect. Spyne and his 40hz crew is one such person.

His 40hz Soundsystem is one of the most in-demand rigs in his hometown Toronto, and his 40hz parties feature some of the most diverse undergound lineups of the Dubstep/140 bpm beats world all playing on his rib crushing set. Silkie, Eskmo, Datsik, Joe Nice, Sukh Knight, XI, and Marcus Visionary are some of the Bass worlds elite to have filled the selector role on his system and at his events.

First and foremost, however, Spyne is a seasoned DJ who made his name playing the blueprint “original” dubstep sound. He has since continued to champion the more “dub” influenced strain of the genre while exploring other tempos and styles in his bass laden sets.

For his debut podcast Spyne lays down a rumbling dub heavy groove of reggae infused steppers and chugging smoked out riddims.

Check www.40hzsoundsystem.ca for pictures and specs on his rig and to get all the info on his 40 hz parties.

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10 Mar
2011

Guest Mix – DJ P-Plus (CAN)

The Voice of Channel One, Plain English, the ‘Funky Distributah’, brought us this dope as shit P-Plus UK Funky mix. Yes that’s right… P Plus. The same guy who did the midday mix on Flow 93.5 in Toronto and the ‘Real Frequency’ late night Hip-Hop show until the brass cleaned out most of the realness on the station and replaced it with robots… yeah we said it.

But if you really follow him you would know that P-Plus is more than just a “top 40” DJ and backpack hip-hop crusader. He is a certified music head and real DJ who has his fingers on the pulse of what’s going on in the underground, and for that he gets our respect.

Here P gives us a quick dose of soulful, vocal driven funky to help you get by this never ending winter we are suffering through. Trust us, this is going to be your girls’ FAVOURITE mix, so if all you disgruntled screwface dudes have any ounce of swagger left in you body, you need to get with this one as well…

Check the full lowdown on all of P Plus’s movements here: www.djpplus.com

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7 Mar
2011

Guest Mix – Mystical Influence (CAN/US)

A special treat from the crew at Channel One this week, an ultra exclusive studio mix from one of the single most influential and respected DJ’s in the history of the Canadian Drum & Bass/Jungle scene: The living legend, Mystical Influence. His long and storied career as a DJ, Producer, Label Owner (Vinyl Syndicate), Promoter (Syrous/Renegades) Record store purveyor (Eastern Bloc) and talent spotter has seen him consistently play main stage and prime time at all the biggest parties from the hey days of the mid 90’s Toronto Rave scene thru to current mega festivals like Electric Daisy Carnival and Bassrush.

Since his early days Mystical has always set himself apart from the pack thru his almost inhuman precision mixing and insistence on always playing the complete full spectrum of upfront DnB/Jungle music. Currently splitting his time between Toronto and Denver, CO. Mystical is just as relevant today as he was when he first appeared on flyers in the early 90’s, his passion for the music and the skill of djing unabated.

This mix is vintage Mystical Influence, a 2-hour journey, covering all the flavours, mixed live in one take on 3 CDJ’s with flawless perfection by a true master of the craft. No Ableton, no edits, no gimmicks, all you new jacks stand back and take notes!

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TRACKLIST:

  1. Love Goes Down (Doctor P Remix) – Plan B
  2. TCIA (DC Breaks Remix) – JLS -
  3. Doubts – Mutated Forms
  4. Heavyweight – DJ Fresh -
  5. Disco Dog – Phetsta
  6. No Problem – Chase & Status
  7. Freak Out – Terravita
  8. Mr Blonde – Dub Foundation
  9. Dreamworld – Mindscape
  10. Scaremonger – Total Science
  11. Bleeper – Nu:Tone ft. Logistics
  12. Dreams To Reality – Sigma ft. Logistics
  13. Shine In feat. Natalie Williams – Nu:Tone
  14. Warcry – Brookes Brothers
  15. Moonwalker – Wilkinson -
  16. Vega Ft. Pdigsss – State Of Mind
  17. Take The Stairs – Delta Heavy
  18. Space Time – Delta Heavy
  19. The Way Life Used To Be – Blokhe4d
  20. I Wanna Be You (Camo & Krooked Remix) – Night Bus
  21. Lose You VIP (ft.Cliff) – Lenzman
  22. Run Da Place – Nomadz
  23. One Of These Days – Fred V & Grafix
  24. Ice Cold Soul – Lenzman & Switch
  25. Niton – The Reason (Metrik Remix) – Eric Prydz
  26. T-1000 – Metrik
  27. Link To The Past – Loadstar
  28. Be The Music (Mutated Forms Remix) – Hoax
  29. Time To Burn (Drumstep Mix) – Dub Foundation
  30. Fool Yourself (ft.Plan B & Rage) – Chase & Status
  31. Inner Being – Heist & Haddow
  32. Break The System – Terravita
  33. Believe Me (Bop Remix) – Blu Mar Ten
  34. Lunar Bass (Commix Remix) – Origin Unknown
  35. By Your Side (Logistics remix) – S.P.Y
  36. Lubov Moya – Unquote & Molecular Structures
  37. Strobot (Netsky Remix) – Shameboy
  38. Vintage – Phace -
  39. Byrds Of Prey (DC Breaks Remix) – Bertie Blackman
  40. Simple Beginnings – Fred V
  41. Tear You Down – Brookes Brothers
  42. Disco Dodo – Lynx
  43. Road Rage – Subwave -
  44. Hocus Pocus – Chase & Status
  45. And The Beat Goes On – Terravita -
  46. Cascade (Cutline remix) – The Prototypes
  47. Think Again Fool – Modified Motion & Faction
  48. Outcast – The Prototypes
  49. Feel So Free – Smooth
  50. Uplifter – Muffler
  51. Ganja Farmer – Aries & Murda
  52. Price Tag (Benny Page Remix) – Jessie J feat. B.o.B
  53. Rig Basher – Modified Motion & Faction
  54. Short Out – Supreme Being
  55. Music Takes Me Higher – Smooth
4 Mar
2011

XI – Live at the Channel One Party (Feb2011)

Channel One’s resident experimental b boy bass scientist XI has been winning like Charlie Sheen all year long. Fresh off the back of his latest release on Orca Recordings, expect a larger project for the label on the way later in 2011. You can also catch him at tour dates lined up at a number of the years major US festivals starting in march, but the kid still found the time to spend his birthday with the crew at our last Channel One Party.

Here is the live recording chock full of mindbending exclusives and boundary pushing dancefloor mayhem. Hosted by Plain English keeping the energy up till we turned the lights on and the club staff kicked us all out into the snow filled streets… drunk, high and smiling from ear to ear.

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TRACKLIST:

  1. Kahn – Like We Used To [Punch Drunk]
  2. Julio Bashmore – Battle For Middle You (Maurice Donovan remix) [PMR Records]
  3. Martyn & Mike Slott – All Nights [All City]
  4. Ill Blu – Meltdown [Numbers]
  5. Salva – Mag Clips (Ango remix) [Frite Nite]
  6. The Hundred In The Hands – Pigeons (Blawan’s Bare Bones mix) [Warp Records]
  7. Xxxy – You Gotta Do You [forthcoming Orca Recordings]
  8. Seiji – More Of You [Seiji Music]
  9. Addison Groove – This Is It [forthcoming Tectonic Recordings]
  10. HxdB – Savage Pets (XI remix) [dub]
  11. Bombaman – Not Going Straight [dub]
  12. Fantastic Mr. Fox – Over [Black Acre]
  13. Kahn – Helter Skelter [Punch Drunk]
  14. Objekt – The Goose That Got Away [Objektivity]
  15. Sepalcure – Love Pressure (XI remix) [forthcoming Hot Flush Recordings]
  16. Wahoo – Make Them Shake (HxdB remix) [dub]
1 Mar
2011

Marcus Visionary & Lush – Jungle Techno – PODCAST

Are you really ready for some Jungle Techno?

Another big exclusive for Channel One as Toronto’s Marcus Visionary and DJ Lush dig deep into their vinyl collections, going right back to the very beginnings of their career to bring us a podcast showcasing their shared mutual love of Old School Hardcore Jungle Techno.

They decided to record this mix as a warm up for the first in there new series of Toronto parties called “Smile” dedicated to bringing back the fundamentals of the real raving experience: A small dark room with a massive soundsystem a redlight and a laser.

All Smile events will feature Marcus, Lush and their hand picked guests playing real Rave music on the earth crushing Dub Rock Soundsystem.

2 hours of foundation selection from 1990 to 1993 touching on some of the most important tunes in the history of the genre from Reinforced, Ibiza, A Guy Called Gerald, Moving Shadow, Sub Bass, Limited E, Third Party, Tribal Bass, D Livin, Renk, Absolute 2, Warp, Chill and many more…

Watch your bassbins i’m telling ya…

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26 Feb
2011

Guest Mix – Lee Coombs (UK)

Bending boundaries and ignoring the status quo – where would the electronic music scene be today without Lee Coombs? For over a decade this British producer has been at the forefront of it all; releasing groundbreaking mix CDs, remixing the world’s most acclaimed artists and knocking out dancefloor destroying productions that are considered classics years after their release.

A seasoned veteran, Coombs first hit the DJ slopes in 1989, bathing himself in the acid house scene at parties around London and Cambridge. Crucial in shaping his all-encompassing approach to DJing and production, this boundary-less approach would become Coombs’ trademark, mixing up breaks, house, electro, techno and acid with dexterous assurance.

In 1998 Coombs made his first massive strike on the breaks scene as the prized recruit of then ‘up and coming’ label Finger Lickin’, with the man’s acclaimed album of 2001 ‘Future Sound of Retro’ signalling his arrival on the world stage. The album struck a chord within the dance music community, so much so that respected industry figurehead Pete Tong noted him as the ‘man to watch’. An ‘Essential New Tune’ accolade soon followed courtesy of Tong, with Coombs’ re-rub of Quivver’s ‘One Last Time’ making dance fans weak at the knees the world over.

Such was the demand for Coombs, that luminary Paul Oakenfold was soon knocking at his door, resulting in the critically acclaimed Perfecto Breaks album of 2002. After landing the job of remixing Oakenfold’s ‘Time of your Life’ and then further re-rubs for world class acts such as Moby, New Order, Lamb and Planet Funk, Coombs’ status as one of the industry’s most in-demand artists quickly developed. Even the BBC was under the Coombs spell with them flying him over to Prague in the summer of 2003 to record the theme music for the television program ‘Born to Win’ with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra.

Ever the musical innovator, Lee Coombs’ 2004 album release ‘Breakfast of Champions’ signalled a significant evolution in his sound. Collaborating with some of the most respected artists in his field – from Dylan Rhymes to Christian J, Andy Gardner (Plump DJs) and Jem Panufnik (Soul of Man), the album charted the ambitious new territory of Tech Funk, injecting the Breaks sound with butt-shaking elements of House, Electro and Techno. It was a style Coombs would make his own, alongside fellow innovators Meat Katie, Elite Force and Dylan Rhymes. Featured on the acclaimed album was the cracking single ‘Shiver’ (feat. Katherine Ellis) which was snapped up by classic house imprint Azuli and became one of the biggest vocal house anthems of 2005, whilst the ‘Alright All-Night/Dubhead’ and ‘Obsessional Rhythm’ singles went straight to no.1 in the DJ Mag Beats & Breaks Chart.

Departing Finger Lickin’ for new pastures in 2005, Coombs’ focus shifted to releasing music through his own Thrust Recordings imprint as well as Adrift and Meat Katie’s Lot49 (then Whole9Yards). It was at this time that he started his Thrust club nights in San Francisco, with the quarterly events becoming one of the hottest tickets on the West Coast.

On the immediate horizon is Coomb’s highly anticipated new artist album entitled “Light and Dark.” Just released in October 2009 on Lot49, Coombs views this as his most ambitious project yet with a range of tempo from 100 – 128 bpm. While still dancefloor focused, collaborations with the likes of Seasunz, Katherine Ellis, Uberzone and others help push the albums boundaries and showcase Coombs’ abilities across multiple genres.

Coming off the success of his lauded artist album, Lee Coombs and Lot49 have recently unleashed yet another sonic monster with the album “Light and Dark Remixed.”

In an industry that’s so often governed by trends and fads, Coombs’ unwavering ability to simultaneously destroy dancefloors and push musical boundaries almost 20 years since he first touched a pair of turntables is a remarkable achievement in itself. There’s little doubt that his impressive sonic skills will be rocking ears for many years to come.

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TRACKLIST:

  1. House Syndicate – Jam the Mace – Lee Coombs 2011 Re Rub
  2. Worthy – Work it work – Televizion
  3. Lee Coombs – Hypnotone – Tech Mix – Thrust Recordings
  4. Lee Coombs – Ambar – Lot49 (featured on the new Meat Katie comp)
  5. Zodiac Cartel – Just do it – U&A
  6. X Press 2 – Get on you – Moguai Remix – Skint
  7. Peo de Pitte – Burning Up – U&A
  8. Lee Coombs – Hypnotone – Breaks Mix – Thrust Recordings
  9. Dylan Rhymes – Filth Bag – Lot49
  10. Kosheen Djs – Konflict – Audio 23 Records
  11. Chevy One – Shift the Gear – N-Mity Records
  12. Lee Coombs – Drone – Thrust Recordings

Myspace: myspace.com/leecoombs
Facebook: listn.to/LeeCoombs
Thrust Recordings: listn.to/ThrustRecordings

23 Feb
2011

Lush – Live at Channel One NYE (Dec 31, 2010)

Giving you a sneak preview of what goes down at a Channel One event, DJ Lush steps up with the late night slot at our NYE house party. By this point the dance was an all out shoulder to shoulder sloppy sweaty mess, just the way we like it! Even the cop cars were lining up just outside the window while our door staff turned away all the drunken transients trying to gain entry.

Plain English on the mic with appearances by Freeza Chin and Marcus Visionary, the whole crew was raving along with the crowd, while Lush came with the heavyweight NYE selection. Strictly Gutter Bass Soul Music!

Featuring tracks from: Redlight, Breakage, Lex Luger, Emalkay, Donaeo, Zinc, Seiji, Eastwood, Chase & Status, Jan Driver, Dubbel Dutch, Justin Martin and more…

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