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.
Tre Mission – Gang (Faze Miyake Remix)
Zeph Ellis – Kaidos Horns
Jammer & Tre Mission – 99% (Acapella)
67 – Lets Lurk feat. LD, Dimzy, Asap, Monkey, Liquez & Giggs
AJ Tracey – Naila (Murlo Remix)
Chip – Mad With It (prod. by Tre Mission)
P-Jam x Champion – Chalice
Splurt Diablo – Warlord
Manga – Different Pattern feat. JME & Prez T(prod. Lewi B)
Killa P – Grime Driver (prod. by Mischief)
Rocks FOE – Sound That
The Game – Holy Water (Instrumental)
Ice Kid & Chip – Where’s Ice Kid At?
Tizzy Gang – Steeze (prod. by Tre Mission)
Tre Mission – Breakfast (Instrumental)
Merky Ace – Hands On Me (prod. by Splurt Diablo)
P-Money – Panasonic (prod. by D33CO)
Tre Mission & Freeza Chin – No Passion
Sir Spyro – Topper Top ft. Teddy Bruckshot, Lady Chann & Killa P
TC4 – Bambo
Splurt Diablo – Killoff Billy
Swindle – Works Haffi Run feat. Ghetts
MIK – 6ix 6ixty (6ixtro) ft. Merky Ace
Vic Santoro – Warning Shot
Tre Mission – Bleaching
Rocks FOE – Gong