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
Stream below and get the free download here. Tracklist after the jump.
Hamilton emcee/singer Park. releases “Somebodies”, a mellow new record that features our Oakville homies Childhood. The record was produced by Toby Chris, and is featured on Park.’s new EP, yzsn, available now via SoundCloud.
London emcee Patch lets go of a soulful new record called “Point Of View”.
Point of view is me taking a moment to understand that the truth and essence of people and situations is based purely on the filter through which we as individuals look at them. It’s about knowing that we have the power to change that perspective at any time and experience life in new ways. It was inspired by me noticing that my happiness levels had grown over the course of a few months yet nothing around me had really changed, I was just living from a different Point Of View.
This is probably one of the most anticipated EP for me personally. I’ve always enjoyed the production of Brasstracks. Something about hearing mixed genres just does it for me. Over the years Brasstracks has created a special sound with remixes of Drake & Aaliyah to tracks with Alexander Lewis. This 7 track EP titled Good Love has all that horn goodness that will bring you joy.