On February 2nd, ITZSOWEEZEE’s own beat sampras and ΛV connected to play a stellar 1.5h b2b set for the 24h pop-up launch of Istolethesoul FM, Toronto’s newest online radio community founded by Jayemkayem and Paul Chin. The vibes in the studio were amazing, and we’d like to thank Jo and Paul for having us be a part of such a wonderful experience. We’re stoked to be a part of the movement and are looking forward to the next edition of the pop-up.
All of the mixes from the 24h launch have now been uploaded to Mixcloud, and you can listen to the fiery ITZSOWEEZEE set in the player below.
Our homegirl JAYEMKAYEM (aka Jo) has connected with Paul Chin to launch a brand new Toronto-based radio platform called Istolethesoul FM. Their aim is to provide artists in the city a new medium on which to broadcast their unique sounds to the rest of the world. Jo and Paul have been hard at work preparing the launch of their new station, working with sponsors like MOOG Audio, 876 Studio, Steam Whistle Brewing, and Red Bull to put together an extraordinary 24 hour launch event. That’s right, today marks the beginning of the official Istolethesoul FM 24 Hour Radio Pop-Up. Starting at 12:00pm EST, listeners can tune in online for an entire 24 hours worth of live mixing from a line-up of Toronto’s dopest DJs and producers.
ITZSOWEEZEE is extremely proud to take part in today’s launch, and our own ΛV and beat sampras will be on air, live, with a very special b2b set from 8:30pm to 10:00pm EST. Tune in at www.istolethesoul.com and be sure to follow @istolethesoulfm on Instagram to stay up-to-date with all of today’s sets and future events.
ITZSOWEEZEE’s own beat sampras unleashes the official visuals to “Hood Mimosa”, an underrated heat rock that he dropped last summer, featuring O Billz and Sha Hustle. Take in the Pique-directed video above. For audio only, see our previous post.
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.
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.
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.
This Friday, February 10th, we are throwing the second edition of CURATED: Presented By ITZSOWEEZEE, a secret party in celebration of our city and all the people that have supported us over the past six years and counting. Your musical curators for the night will be ITZSOWEEZEE’s own beat sampras, ΛV, and DeMiggs – three of the most in-demand DJs in Toronto, and rightfully so. If you’ve ever witnessed our monthly parties at Drake Underground, or heard these guys spin at their respective monthly residencies at The Libertine, you know Friday is going to be wild. The ITZSOWEEZEE DJs always deliver an unparalleled musical experience, so follow our mantra, music over everything, and join us for an unforgettable night in The 6.
Entry is going to be limited to guestlist only, and the location will only be revealed to confirmed attendees. Do yourselves a favour and sign up below.