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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
London grime emcee AJ Tracey lets go of some high octane visuals to “Buster Cannon”, produced by Toronto’s Tre Mission and mixed by the homie Freeza Chin. The track will be featured on his forthcoming EP, Lil Tracey, which will be available on iTunes and Spotify on December 2nd.
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.