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Version Xcursion

Version Xcursion

Lee Castle aka Sassa'le is no stranger to the underground music scene. This veteran DJ, producer, and radio host, originally from Bristol, England took residence in Toronto in the early nineties.

Sassa'le is the sole founder of the present day Version Xcursion, established in 1996. In the beginning the vision for Version Xcursion was to create a radio show that played music from the UK underground scene. In the mid-nineties bands like Massive Attack, Smith & Mighty, Tricky and Portishead were exploding out of Bristol and popularizing the sound that became one of the decade's biggest musical movements. Sassa'le played this music on his radio show and was one of the first to introduce Toronto audiences to 'Triphop'. In 1997, Sassa'le co-founded the UKGarage/2Step outfit Flirt Sound System alongside T-Step. Flirt also included Toronto's own Marcus Visionary (of Drum & Bass fame). Through Flirt, Sassa'le played a series of underground 'garage' events in Toronto, which led to being chosen by Craig David as the only North American DJ to spin on his 2002 North American Tour.

Sassa'le's trademark DJ sound can be described as UK bass driven music. He has been the opening DJ for a variety of well-known artists and interviewed many others on his radio show. The list includes: Nintin Sawhney, Mariah Carey, Tony Touch, Gregory Hines, Massive Attack, Dizzee Rascal, Freddy McGregor, Streets, Smith & Mighty, Esthero, Bjork, Tricky, Portishead, Morcheeba, Craig David, Scientist, Mad Professor and many more. Version Xcursion expanded as Sassa'le joined forces with Aram Scaram. Together they produced and released their debut album Radio in 2004. The record was well received locally and internationally which led to a live taping on CBC and was also charted on CBC Galaxie Radio. Internationally, the release of their single Rock Da Dub was licensed on two compilations: Strictly Dub and Frequent Flyers Air Jamaica.

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.