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beat sampras ft Lisa Lobsinger – All On You

Posted by: noble savage on 17/11/2017 in Featured, Music

beat sampras returns with “All On You”, the newest single from his forthcoming project, This Was Once The Future. “All On You” is a track that captures the essence of winter in Toronto perfectly, with moody synths layered over forward-thinking drums, and an underlying melody that evokes the simultaneous senses of anxiety and euphoria. The song features Calgary native Lisa Lobsinger (Laser; Reverie Sound Revue; Broken Social Scene), whose vocals seemingly lure the listener into Toronto’s underground. If there’s a track that sums up the experience of escaping a cold city night in a dimly lit after-party, and warming yourself up with a glass or three of Jameson, then this is that record. Stream “All On You” below, and support the track on Spotify, Apple Music, and Tidal.

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beat sampras – 3AM

Posted by: noble savage on 08/09/2017 in Featured, Music

Summer is over. The temperature is dropping. Evenings come earlier. TIFF season is upon the city. Nightlife abounds. It’s always around this time of year that Toronto seems to come to life (there’s a reason The Weeknd calls himself the “King of the Fall”). For me, the soundtrack to autumn in Toronto needs to be peppered with a healthy dose of deep house vibes, and that’s exactly what my guy beat sampras brings to the table with his latest offering, “3AM”. On the track, warbled synth stabs lead into a brooding bassline, followed by whispered vocal samples paired perfectly with electronic melodies. Inspired by the “Toronto bump” stylings of friend and fellow Toronto producer, Michael Imperial (see his previous releases here), sampras concocts a track that immaculately evokes late night strolls down Queen Street in the crisp autumn night air. “3AM” is infectious, it’s funky, and it’s going to be in after-party rotation for quite some time. Cheers on another huge release brother.

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beat sampras ft TEA – BAD

Posted by: noble savage on 04/08/2017 in Featured, Music

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beat sampras’ summer takeover continues with a smooth R&B record called “BAD”, featuring Toronto songstress TEA.

beat sampras ft TEA – BAD

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beat sampras ft O Billz & Sha Hustle – Hood Mimosa

Posted by: noble savage on 30/06/2017 in Featured, Music

On the eve of the 150th birthday of Canada, we are extremely proud to premiere “Hood Mimosa”, the first official single off our ITZSOWEEZEE brother beat sampras’ forthcoming EP. “Hood Mimosa” features Harlem emcee O Billz, along with fellow Toronto representative Sha Hustle, and it’s the culmination of sampras’ efforts over the past year. He’s been spending countless hours in the studio perfecting his vision, and it’s finally time to reveal what he’s been cooking up. On the track, sampras lays down a funky, bouncing bassline, and then layers stuttering drums and futuristic piano stabs over top – setting the groundwork for O Billz and Sha Hustle to do their thing on the mic. The result is an instantly infectious hiphop cut that would sound as appropriate booming out of your car stereo system as it would at a summer cookout or block party. But don’t just take our word for it – stream the track below and get familiar, because beat sampras is here to claim the throne.

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ITZSOWEEZEE Spotlight Series: WAVGODS (ITZ036)

Posted by: noble savage on 09/06/2017 in Featured, Mixes, Music, Releases

ITZSOWEEZEE Spotlight Series highlights the incredibly talented DJs and producers that make up the ITZSOWEEZEE ranks, as well as our extended music family. Each month, we deliver a fresh mix that reflects the diverse style and flavour of our crew. This is an opportunity to “meet” our selectors, enjoy some amazing free music, and understand why we command the respect that we do.

It’s hard to believe that it’s been three years since we started the Spotlight Series. What began as an effort to showcase mixes from our crew and our many talented friends, ended up connecting us with so many dope artists from all over the planet. We’ve featured the likes of Ikaz Boi from France, Star.One from the UK, Live Evil from Vancouver, gahn from San Francisco/Oakland, MADD3E from Italy, Triv from Wisconsin, and our friends from closer to home such as Pat Drastik, DJ Illo, Yuknodis, Jayemkayem, Freeza Chin, Krubera, Nick Bike, Internet Daughter, and so many more (see all the releases here). We’ve made it to the 36th, and FINAL, edition of the series. After three years, we feel like it’s time to create something new – so while the Spotlight Series is coming to a close, keep it locked for new projects from us in the not-so-distant future. With that being said, it made sense to cap off the ITZSOWEEZEE Spotlight Series by shining a light on the younger generation from our city and passing the torch to Toronto production crew WAVGODS.

We first met WAVGODS when DeMiggs and beat sampras were asked to DJ a party at Rightfoot Studio, hosted by David Forteau. With a studio space filled with professional dancers, the onus was on the DJs to ensure that the vibes were 100% on point. Opening the night were WAVGODS, a young duo with an energy that very few DJs in the city possess. Needless to say, they caught our ears and DeMiggs made it a point to keep in touch with them ever since. From early 2016 onward, we’ve been featuring their originals, remixes, and mixes, and it was only right to ask them to contribute a guest mix for the Spotlight Series. On their mix, the guys deliver a superbly-blended 40-minute collection of genre-bending tracks with one goal in mind: to keep you dancing. We seriously dare any of you to listen and not start nodding your head instantly. Infectious and carefully-considered track selection is definitely at play throughout the mix. Thank you WAVGODS for this final chapter of the Spotlight Series – it captures the essence of what ITZSOWEEZEE is all about. Salute.

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ITZSOWEEZEE Spotlight Series: Live Evil (ITZ035)

Posted by: noble savage on 09/05/2017 in Featured, Music, Releases

ITZSOWEEZEE Spotlight Series highlights the incredibly talented DJs and producers that make up the ITZSOWEEZEE ranks, as well as our extended music family. Each month, we deliver a fresh mix that reflects the diverse style and flavour of our crew. This is an opportunity to “meet” our selectors, enjoy some amazing free music, and understand why we command the respect that we do.

Ever since we began the Spotlight Series, it’s been a blessing to bring you all mixes from some of the most talented DJs and producers from across the globe. The thirty-fifth release in the series is no different, as we present a polished 40-minute product from Vancouver production duo, Live Evil. Live Evil, formerly known as The Freshest Live Set, consists of our incredible homies DJ Marvel and Kutcorners, who joined forces in 2011 to put the West Coast music scene in a stranglehold. While both Marvel and Kutcorners have racked up a number of individual accolades, their collaborative efforts have earned them recognition from well-established outlets such as BBC Radio 1, Shade 45, Pitchfork, Hypetrak, Okayplayer, and many more. With strong international nightclub experience under their belts, the duo have grabbed the game by its horns with their live remixing abilities, combining turntablism with synths and drum pads to deliver unique performances that drive party-goers insane. These skills are showcased in full force on their contribution to our Spotlight Series, taking the listener on a guided tour through the darker side of hiphop. This mix is what happens when two of the illest in the country decide to put on some Timbs and proceed to stomp out any DJ standing in their way.

Stream below and get the free download here. Tracklist after the jump.

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FeelGoodSmalls – Lose Control

Posted by: noble savage on 01/04/2017 in Featured, Music

We are extremely proud to present “Lose Control”, the debut single by our homegirl FeelGoodSmalls. A few months after blessing us with one of the hottest mixes in our exclusive Spotlight Series, Smalls moved out to the UK with our own Willson Sounds on a journey through music and self-discovery. Since then, she’s worked hard and found success as a DJ in London, playing some of the best parties in the city. She also began to hone in on her production skills, earned herself a coveted record deal with Universal/AfterCluv and has been on her studio grind in both London and Miami.

The fruits of her labour can be heard in “Lose Control”, as she crafts a vocal house heater that would bang in any dance environment from big room warehouse parties to beach festivals to a wild condo jam. The bass draws from Smalls’ experience spinning moombahton in Toronto, the melodies draw from her Ibiza tropical house influences, and the piano stabs are a testament to the year she has spent in the London club circuit. The track is rounded out by smooth vocals from Toronto’s own Charlie Black, and the the result is nothing short of incredible. But don’t take our word for it – listen for yourself and check back in after you realize you’ve had the song on repeat for the entire day. FeelGoodSmalls is the name. Commit it to memory. She is here to stay.

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ITZSOWEEZEE Spotlight Series: PhatCap (ITZ034)

Posted by: noble savage on 26/03/2017 in Featured, Mixes, Music, Releases

ITZSOWEEZEE Spotlight Series highlights the incredibly talented DJs and producers that make up the ITZSOWEEZEE ranks, as well as our extended music family. Each month, we deliver a fresh mix that reflects the diverse style and flavour of our crew. This is an opportunity to “meet” our selectors, enjoy some amazing free music, and understand why we command the respect that we do.

After a one month hiatus, the Spotlight Series returns for its thirty-fourth edition, and we are proud to feature a high-octane mix from our good homie PhatCap! We first met Cap back in 2012, when he would travel long distances from Northern Ontario to Toronto as one of THUGLI’s most dedicated fans. Back then, we all wondered who this random dude was in the green room. Tom Wrecks explained that he had journeyed to see them play, so they showed their love by hooking up VIP access. Fast forward to 2017, and the kid has emerged as one of the hottest electronic producers in the city, with a following on SoundCloud that is 30,000+ strong. His hard-hitting tracks have been supported by heavyweights like Flosstradamus, Rusko, Boi-1da, 808 Mafia, THUGLI (of course) and many more. Running into Cap is always a pleasure. Despite his growing success, he remains humble to the core and is one of the friendliest faces in any festival crowd. On his contribution to the Spotlight Series, PhatCap provides a 30 minute sneak peek into one of his live shows. Heavy bass, stuttering drums, and energy are his signature sounds, and he delivers all three on this mix. Pump this at extremely high volume and you’ll immediately remember why you miss The Hoxton. Thanks PhatCap.

Stream below and get the free download here. Tracklist after the jump.

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THUGLI ft Bea Moon – Cold Winter

Posted by: Hans Gruber on 07/02/2017 in Featured, Music

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Our dudes Thugli just dropped a brand new single and it’s amazing. With “Cold Winter” the duo are showing us another side to their growing sounds. The track features talented singer/songwriter Bea Moon from Australia. Go get your download of “Cold Winter” right here.

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ITZSOWEEZEE Spotlight Series: DeMiggs III (ITZ033)

Posted by: noble savage on 01/01/2017 in Featured, Mixes, Music, Releases

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ITZSOWEEZEE Spotlight Series highlights the incredibly talented DJs and producers that make up the ITZSOWEEZEE ranks, as well as our extended music family. Each month, we deliver a fresh mix that reflects the diverse style and flavour of our crew. This is an opportunity to “meet” our selectors, enjoy some amazing free music, and understand why we command the respect that we do.

For most of 2016, we had the honour of presenting Spotlight Series mixes from a wide selection of our DJ/producer friends from cities as close as Toronto and as far away as Calgary, Milwaukee, Oakland, London (UK), and Rome (Italy). To kick off 2017, we decided it was time to bring the series back home and reassert why we hold our own family of DJs in such high regard. ITZSOWEEZEE co-founder, DeMiggs, has been hard at work over the past year throwing his own monthly events, working alongside liquor companies, and playing at many of Toronto’s local hot spots. On top of all that, he’s grown into one of the most steady contributors to this website, assisting with content curation and delivering fresh sounds to all of your ears on a day-to-day basis. With all of his projects on the go, he was finding it difficult to find time to deliver a mix that shows off his vast knowledge of music and his personal style. On this thirty-third edition of the Spotlight Series, DeMiggs packs in over an hour of heaters, ranging from hiphop to R&B to future bass to house, mixing together well-known tracks with a number of hidden gems. All the while, he’s made it a point to showcase Toronto talent, and put his love for the city on full display. Let’s give it up for DeMiggs as he provides the perfect soundtrack to start 2017 on the right foot.

Stream below and get the free download here. Tracklist after the jump.

I haven’t made a mix in over a year – no better time to release something new than book-ending the 2016 Spotlight Series collection. A couple of the tracks on this mix are from some talented friends you should be checking out. Also, listen for that “6” drop – it means your listening to a Toronto artist. Enjoy.
– DeMiggs

Be sure to check out DeMiggs live this Saturday, January 7th, alongside ITZSOWEEZEE’s beat sampras as they celebrate the one year anniversary of their monthly turn-up, COAST, at The Libertine (1307 Dundas St W, Toronto).

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