August 22, 2023
Vocal and dub cuts from the expert selector Mikey Dread.
For regulars of UK soundsystem culture, Channel One Soundsystem needs no introduction. A resident of Notting Hill Carnival for over 45 years, Channel One is an essential part of the Carnival’s landscape.
“One of many favourite memories of playing at the Notting Hill Carnival was back in ’85 when we played in a big disused car park between Acklam Road and Portobello Road,” Channel One’s Mikey Dread recalls. “The original valve amplifier was strung up with 24 x 18” Speakers around the shed and we finished at 9.45pm”.
Alongside its return to Notting Hill Carnival, Channel One and Dread are about to launch Down In The Dub Vaults–a double gatefold vinyl release filled with gems from the Greensleeves archives.
Featuring artists including Reggae Regular, Michael Prophet and Linval Thompson and dubs from the likes of Sly & Robbie, Roots Radics and Rockers All-Stars, Down In The Dub Vaults is a glimpse into the tracks and dubs that have featured heavily in Channel One’s rotation over the years.
Ahead of Carnival and the new compilation, Dread joins us for a special guest mix centred around the release and Channel One’s vaults. “This mix includes some crucial vocal and dub mixes from our forthcoming Greensleeves compilation plus some shots from the Channel One Soundsystem dub box,” Dread says.
Listen to the mix in the player above, view the tracklist below, and read on for some more handpicked selections from Dread himself.
Reggae Regular – Ghetto Rock
Reggae Regular – Ghetto Dubbing
Michael Prophet – Just Talking
Hi-Times Band – Just Dubbing
Tetrack – Trappers
Sly & Robbie – Trappers Dub
Anthony Johnson – Let Go This One
Roots Radics – Let Go This Dub
Hugh Mundell – Can’t Pop No Style
Rockers All-Stars – Can’t Pop No Style Dubwise
Linval Thompson – One More Chance
The Revolutionaries – One More Dub
Channel One Soundsystem – Where Have All The Rebels Gone (Feat. Danny Red)
Channel One Soundsystem – Revelation Revealed (Feat. Vivian Jones)
Channel One Soundsystem – Eastman Dub
Channel One Soundsystem – Stoneage Dub
Channel One Soundsystem – Straight To Mad Professor’s Head
A 4 am killer tune when the KT amplifier valves are glowing. By one of the UK’s finest Roots Rock Reggae bands.
I first got this classic tune on dub in Jamaica before it got released in the early ’80s in the cutting room of Channel One Studio, Maxfield Ave, JA. Heavyweight dub.
An early foot warmer in the session. Very essential for soundsystems from Gussie Clarke and Sly & Robbie.
“Let Go This One”
One of those tracks where you know when the KT88 valves are warmed up. It hits the deep note at the end.
“Can’t Pop No Style”
An anthem for Channel One Soundsystem throughout the years. When a young Hugh Mundell reached the high notes or when Augustus Pablo played, it still captures Soundsystem selectors today. This tune is still being played worldwide, 40 years on.