Globetrotter – Dub Transmission!
Globetrotters, did you know that the 1st of this upcoming month marks the 50th anniversary of the invention of Dub music? April Fool's! Though could be true actually...
Anyhow, now that we got that out of the way, it's no foolin' that Dub has been the most influential genre for electronic dance music across the world. And it turns out that April does in fact mark 6 years since CKLN 88.1 FM officially left the airwaves.
So for this round, it's a proper throwback, as we rumble into spring with sets from 2 of the top radio shows from that community station pioneer. DJ CHOCOLATE spins her magic from the REBEL MUSIC archives, alongside ARAM SCARAM + SASSA'LE with the full bass spectrum of VERSION XCURSION fame, and a global dubwize foray from our resident and CIUT sister station rep DJ MEDICINEMAN.
ARAM SCARAM ~ Citizen Sound
Recording as Citizen Sound, Aram released his debut album in 2010. Blending his love of music and sound system culture into a hybrid of dub and soul, reggae and hip hop. He teamed up with some of Canada’s premier singers & musicians to help bring his home-grown vision to life. The end result is an exciting fusion of sound that pays tribute to the foundational roots. In 2011 Citizen Sound was recognized by the Reggae Music Achievement Awards (Canada) for Best Reggae Single for "Reggae Is Her Name" feat. Blessed. This song was also awarded a MuchFact video grant. In the video Blessed and Director David Mewa brilliantly capture the essence of this tribute to reggae music.
SASSA'LE ~ Version Xcursion
Lee Castle aka Sassa'le, originally from Bristol, England took residence in Toronto in the early 90s. He is the sole founder of the present day Version Xcursion. The vision for VX radio was to showcase the UK underground scene and he was one of the first to introduce Toronto audiences to the 'Triphop' sounds of bands like Massive Attack, Smith & Mighty, Tricky and Portishead. Version Xcursion expanded as Sassa'le joined forces with Aram Scaram. Together they produced and released their debut album Radio in 2004. Today Sassa'le provides a platform for local artists, showcases innovative new sounds, and continues to break barriers in both his solo work and with Version Xcursion.
DJ CHOCOLATE ~ Rebel Music
Lauren Speers has been a stalwart in Toronto’s reggae scene and sound system culture for over 2 decades, as the founder of legendary female DJ night "Chicks Dig It", to operating the premier vinyl mastering facility "Scratch Free Press", to hosting her highly rated radio program "Rebel Music" on CKLN. DJ Chocolate boasts an in depth knowledge and practical experience of reggae rhythms and dub music unparalleled in the city, perhaps the country. This bodacious babe brings the beats and basslines to bounce your booty.
MEDICINEMAN ~ Resident Globetrotter
Richard ‘medicineman’ Martin is one of Canada's most highly respected global fusion tastemakers. His radio show, NO MAN’S LAND, on CIUT 89.5 FM, is considered to be one of the best programs of its kind and has been instrumental in broadening the world music landscape for the past 18 years. He has earned a loyal throng of fans who crave a connection between ancient rhythms & progressive beats.
CALABRA ~ Resident Decor
The work of this design team is nothing short of spectacular. Calabra has been at the forefront of venue decor, working for many of the city's finest promoters and festivals. They are dedicated to transforming spaces into environments that visually inspire, with an emphasis on unique thematic connections that compliment and enhance the specifics and nature of the event setting.