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PREMIERE: Dom Dias – (–/–/16) Throwaway EP

Posted by: noble savage on 30/12/2016 in Featured, Music

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To say Dom Dias is one of the hardest working producers in Toronto is an understatement. In 2016 alone, we had the privilege of premiering and posting 10 of his projects, including some stellar originals, remixes, and EPs. On top of his musical output, Dom played some of the biggest electronic music shows in the city alongside heavyweights like Snakehips, Ookay, THUGLI, and more. 2016 has been a hell of a year for the kid, and he is closing it out by letting go of his (–/–/16) Throwaway EP. The release contains six previously unreleased original demos that Dom has been dropping throughout his sets, and vary from hiphop instrumentals to 128 BPM dancehall/baile funk-influenced electronic bangers. The best part about the drop is that it’s absolutely free. So, if you haven’t already become familiar with Dom Dias in 2016, now’s your chance to start 2017 off on the right foot. To Dom, we’d just like to say: may the new year bring you continued growth and success in both your musical and personal endeavours – we’ll be here to support as always! Stream below and get the free download via Dropbox.

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ITZSOWEEZEE Spotlight Series: gahn (ITZ032)

Posted by: noble savage on 30/11/2016 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.

By now it should be pretty obvious that we love music. It should also be quite evident that we love discovering new music by new artists from around the globe. Our inboxes are flooded with daily music submissions, and it’s often difficult to keep track of all of the heat that comes our way. There is something, however, to be said about the artists that really capture our imaginations, and whom we end up featuring over and over again. It’s an even greater feeling when those artists reach out to contribute to our monthly Spotlight Series, because it lets us know that we are doing something special for the artists themselves, as well as for our listeners. So, it’s with great pleasure that we are able to bring you the thirty-second edition in the series, featuring Bay Area producer gahn.

gahn first caught the attention of ITZSOWEEZEE co-founder DeMiggs, when he was going by his old alias, NICKV. DeMiggs was instantly drawn in by the enigmatic producer’s soulful future bass vibe and decided to support the music on the website and in his own mixes. gahn took notice, and began to submit music for us to review. Fast forward six months, and we were on the receiving end of a 40-minute collection of genre-bending sounds – ranging from his signature future bass creations, to ethereal R&B tracks, to bass-heavy bits, all wrapped up in a very polished package. It surprised us when gahn mentioned that this was actually his first publicly released mix, because the finished product is super wavy. If you are into learning about new music, gahn provides the perfect introduction on his contribution to our Spotlight Series, and we are truly grateful to him for cooking up this offering for us and all of you to enjoy.

This mix is a collection of songs that I been vibing with recently. Some of the artists you’ve probably heard of, others just have a few hundred followers on SoundCloud. All of these guys, famous or not, deserve praise for their originality and talent though. I hope that this might help these smaller artists get a few more plays because I always like mixing the the known with the unknown.
– gahn

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

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beat sampras – LATCH (Official Video)

Posted by: noble savage on 23/11/2016 in Featured, Music, Video

After a brief hiatus last week, ITZSOWEEZEE’s own beat sampras is back on the scene with another of his weekly visual releases. The latest track to get the video treatment is “LATCH”. The video follows the recent debut of Volume 1, sampras’ new EP, containing three fresh R&B/future bass instrumentals. Each track was accompanied by creative visuals, which you can check out in our previous posts. If you like what you hear/see, support the project on iTunes, Spotify, and Google Play.

beat by beat sampras
illustrations by Yazmin Butcher
edited by Shakes (ig: @shotbyshakes)
Foreseen Entertainment
Produced with the financial assistance of MuchFACT, a division of Bell Media Inc.

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PREMIERE: Mura Masa – Love$ick (Dom Dias Remix)

Posted by: noble savage on 08/11/2016 in Featured, Music

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It’s always a good feeling when Dom Dias hits us up to premiere one of his creations, because we know our ears are in for a treat. Today, the Toronto producer blesses us with a solid remix of “Love$ick”, the breakout single by UK representative Mura Masa. The original, and the single release featuring A$AP Rocky (check the video in our previous post), are melodic affairs, full of piano stabs, flutes, steel drums, and soulful vocal chops. Dom ups the ante on his remix, by focusing on the steel drums, adding in a stuttering bass line, and reworking the record into his signature Caribbean-flavoured style. Think of the original as the jerk chicken, A$AP Rocky’s version as the rice and peas, and Dom’s as the pepper sauce that brings all of the ingredients together. Press play and taste the delicious blend that Dom has cheffed up – you won’t be disappointed. He’s also made the release available as a free download, so grab that while it lasts! Be sure to catch him as he opens for Snakehips this Friday, November 11th, at The Danforth Music Hall (147 Danforth Ave, Toronto). For more information, check out the Facebook event page. He’ll also be playing the Wrong Angle Records Party at Maison Mercer (15 Mercer St, Toronto) on Saturday, November 12th, and you can find more information about that on Facebook as well.

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PREMIERE: Mura Masa – Love$ick (Dom Dias Remix)

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beat sampras – SQUAAA (Official Video)

Posted by: noble savage on 08/11/2016 in Featured, Music, Video

ITZSOWEEZEE’s own beat sampras returns with another weekly visual drop. The latest track to get the video treatment is “SQUAAA”. The track follows the recent debut of Volume 1, sampras’ new EP, containing three fresh R&B/future bass instrumentals. Each track was accompanied by creative visuals, which you can check out in our previous posts. If you like what you hear/see, support the project on iTunes, Spotify, and Google Play.

beat by beat sampras
illustrations by Yazmin Butcher
edited by Shakes (ig: @shotbyshakes)
Foreseen Entertainment
Produced with the financial assistance of MuchFACT, a division of Bell Media Inc.

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ITZSOWEEZEE Spotlight Series: Freeza Chin (ITZ031)

Posted by: noble savage on 02/11/2016 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 the thirty-first edition of our Spotlight Series, we are stoked to present a guest mix by a man that could easily be crowned the grime king of Toronto: Freeza Chin. While we’ve been aware of Freeza’s presence in the city’s music scene for quite a while, it wasn’t until earlier this year that we really came to truly connect and become fam. It’s difficult to even begin writing a summary of Freeza’s DJ exploits, because man has been low-key killing it in every music-related field imaginable. By trade, Freeza’s a professional engineer with six years of experience, and has contributed his services to the likes of The Weeknd, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Wiley, Rich Homie Quan, Boi-1da, Da-P, Tinashe, and many more. His past mixing grounds include Phase One Studios, which is one of the most legendary studios in Canada. Add to that his 15-year long DJ career, co-founding the successful BUMP parties, and providing support to the likes of Skepta, Stormzy, Kendrick Lamar, Kaytranada, The Roots, J. Cole, Novelist, and Hudson Mohawke just to name a few. Then, sprinkle in the fact that he is also the official DJ and engineer for Toronto’s most well-known grime emcee, Tre Mission, and you only scratch the surface of Freeza’s accomplishments. Most recently, Freeza travelled with his Last Planet family to Croatia to perform at the Outlook Festival, and that followed his summer trip to the Mecca of grime: London. There, he dropped some fiery sets for BBC Radio 1Xtra, Reprezent Radio, Rinse FM, Radar Radio, and was the only non-UK DJ featured live on Boiler Room for Flowdan’s Disaster Piece album release party. Do I honestly need to continue?

On his Spotlight Series mix, Freeza turns the energy all the way up with a 40-minutes of straight heat. The mix contains a healthy dose of grime, dancehall, dub, and all around trunk-rattling thumpers. Play this at high volume only – tell your neighbours to fuck off if they complain – and don’t blame us when the cops show up at your door. Blame Freeza. His power level is wayyy over 9000 and he did this to you.

So this mix is a lot of Grime and 140 bpm stuff that I have been fucking with and working on as of late (either with production or engineering). Anyone who is familiar with how I DJ will recognize my style of double-dropping and blending songs together as I’ve always looked up to and been influenced by DJ’s such as EZ, Spyro, Mak10 and Andy C. A lot of people mainly know me for this style of music but the truth is I fuck with A LOT of different stuff and pride myself on being quite versatile. I originally wanted to include a bunch of other styles on this mix, but there is so much amazing Grime and 140 bpm kind of stuff coming out right now that I decided to just focus on that. I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed making it!
– Freeza Chin

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

P.S. you can catch Freeza live this week as he opens for Newham grime legend D Double E at Studio Bar (824 Dundas St W, Toronto) on November 3rd, and when he plays at WIND:UP, a grime/dancehall/UK party taking place at Adelaide Hall (250 Adelaide St W, Toronto) on November 4th.

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beat sampras – NINA (Official Video)

Posted by: noble savage on 01/11/2016 in Featured, Music, Video

ITZSOWEEZEE’s own beat sampras is back to business-as-usual in Toronto and continues to to release visuals to his creations on a weekly basis. The latest track to get the video treatment is “NINA”. The track follows the recent debut of Volume 1, sampras’ new EP, containing three fresh R&B/future bass instrumentals. Each track was accompanied by creative visuals, which you can check out in our previous posts. If you like what you hear/see, support the project on iTunes, Spotify, and Google Play.

beat by beat sampras
illustrations by Yazmin Butcher
edited by Shakes (ig: @shotbyshakes)
Foreseen Entertainment
Produced with the financial assistance of MuchFACT, a division of Bell Media Inc.

P.S. You can catch sampras spinning live on Thursday, November 3rd, alongside our homegirl Yuknodis for Off Colour at Odd Thomas (31 Mercer St, Toronto). He’ll also be playing on Saturday, November 5th, with DeMiggs for COAST at The Libertine (1307 Dundas St W, Toronto).

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beat sampras – HONEST (Official Video)

Posted by: noble savage on 25/10/2016 in Featured, Music, Video

With his tour through Europe finally ending, ITZSOWEEZEE’s own beat sampras is 30,000 feet in the air and returning home to Toronto. Thanks to in-flight WiFi, he’s still able to keep up with his weekly video releases. The latest track to get the video treatment is “HONEST”. The track follows the recent debut of Volume 1, sampras’ new EP, containing three fresh R&B/future bass instrumentals. Each track was accompanied by creative visuals, which you can check out in our previous posts. If you like what you hear/see, support the project on iTunes, Spotify, and Google Play.

beat by beat sampras
illustrations by Yazmin Butcher
edited by Shakes (ig: @shotbyshakes)
Foreseen Entertainment
Produced with the financial assistance of MuchFACT, a division of Bell Media Inc.

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beat sampras – ME AND YOU (Official Video)

Posted by: noble savage on 18/10/2016 in Featured, Music, Video

ITZSOWEEZEE representative beat sampras is currently on a three-week adventure through Europe, but that isn’t enough to keep him away from his weekly visual drops. The latest track to get the video treatment is “ME AND YOU”. The track follows the recent debut of Volume 1, sampras’ new EP, containing three fresh R&B/future bass instrumentals. Each track was accompanied by creative visuals, which you can check out in our previous posts. If you like what you hear/see, support the project on iTunes, Spotify, and Google Play.

beat by beat sampras
illustrations by Yazmin Butcher
edited by Shakes (ig: @shotbyshakes)
Foreseen Entertainment
Produced with the financial assistance of MuchFACT, a division of Bell Media Inc.

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ITZSOWEEZEE Spotlight Series: James Redi (ITZ030)

Posted by: noble savage on 12/10/2016 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.

This month, we are blessed to have a true Toronto journeyman grabbing the coveted Spotlight Series spot, and he obviously delivers the heat throughout his 45-minute mix. James Redi is a DJ that needs no introduction in our city, but we’ll try to do justice to his name regardless. No stranger to Toronto’s burgeoning DJ scene, Redi has been honing his craft for years, and has arguably the most positive demeanour in the game. Whether he’s holding it down at one of his many residencies (SOHO House, Escobar, Sneaky Dees, Underground Garage, Peacock, and Bar Fancy, to name a few), hosting his own parties, or headlining at the infamous Dudebox jams, the man does it all with a huge smile on his face. Running into Redi on the street is always a pleasure, because when you see that bearded grin, you know your day is about to become just a little bit brighter.

Redi also has a fair share of accomplishments under his belt: two Stylus Awards nominations, a second place finish at Red Bull Thre3Style Toronto, and the 2015 NOW Readers Choice “BEST TORONTO DJ” Award. He’s had the honour of playing alongside Action Bronson, Roy Woods, Skratch Bastid, Grandtheft, THUGLI, Fat Man Scoop, Mac Miller, Phonte, Starting From Scratch, Win Butler of Arcade Fire, Keith Ape, Statik Selektah, Adam Sandler, Kardinal Offishall and a lot more. The man has even earned himself well-respected contracts with TIFF, McDonalds, and Roots Canada. Time and time again, Redi has proven himself to be a pure gladiator in the Toronto DJ arena. On his contribution to the Spotlight Series, Redi goes in with an effortlessly-mixed collection of new hip-hop bangers, demonstrating why the city holds his name in such high esteem. Thank you homie – we really appreciate all that you do. Congratulations to you and Kate on the engagement – stay blessed up fam.

This mix is a blend of songs that I’m really feeling right now. Some are new, some old but collectively, it’s a pretty chill mix with good vibes and some bangers. And that new De La is fire.
– James Redi

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