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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.

THUGLI ft Bea Moon – Cold Winter

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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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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.

Follow Dom Dias on: SoundCloud | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

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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