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.
Unheard until now, I remixed one of SZA`s first songs. I have to thank Remy Banks (New York Rapper) who I had met up with at the Electracraft studios in Manhattan. It was a leisurely day & Remy hipped me to her. Funnily enough that same session my girlfriend took her pregnancy test in the studio bathroom & found out she was pregnant with my child. I will not forget it. Anyway, I fell in love with the song Aftermath for its lyrics instantly…
I apologise for waiting to tell you for so long that I am not human.
I am made of Bacon, fairy tales, pixie dust – I don’t feel.
I hung myself, I didnt die, Im omnipotent, Im alive
Not real but Im alive
I remember her following me back on twitter, and I would send beats. One valentines day I was in New York and I messaged her to see if she wants to get in the studio… It never happened. Maybe the DM seemed thirsty on V Day hahaha! “lets make music on valentines day” can sound a bit no chill… But SZA continued to like all my baby photos on Insta when paz was born! So there is that haha.
Anyway I got the stems for aftermath from producer WNDRBRD and made this mix. I never released it because at the time I felt it was too Minimal for my tastes… But listening back I think it is a nice blissful take on one of my fav songs ever. IMO the original was an anthem released too early in SZAs career to be lapped up in mass adoption!
Hope u can dig it & that you had a smashing new year!
– Star Slinger
You’re friendly neighbourhood UK everything party, INNIT, took a few months off but they’re back with one more little dance down in the grotto before the year is up! Resident selectors, Freeza Chin and JAYEMKAYEM both DJ quite a bit and this is one of their favourite venues where they get to play their favourite music, so needless to say we are stupid excited to be apart of it this month. ΛV of Itzsoweezee will be coming through to bless you with some of his favourite UKG selections. That Funktion-One system will be working the best UK Garage, Funky, Grime and Bass all night!
Thursday, December 8.
10 PM til late.
No cover before midnight. $5 after.
“Your name’s not down, you’re not coming in.”
“Wot? Big man, I’m not tryin to cause no trouble yeah? CALL THE FUCKIN PROMOTER!”
London production duo, and past ITZSOWEEZEE Spotlight Series guests, Star.One come through with an absolutely banging new UK Garage bit called “PROMOTER”. The song will be featured on their forthcoming Blocks EP, which will contain three tracks showcasing three different genres: UKG, Grime, and Jungle. With the UKG offering being this nasty, we can only speculate how good the Grime and Jungle releases will be. Stream the track above and show your support via iTunes, Spotify, and Bandcamp.
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.