Dylan III is Dylan Aiello, a current resident of Berlin originally from Hamilton, Ontario who also happens to be the keyboard player in Sean Nicholas Savage’s European band. He makes some of the most engaging, original and exciting music we’ve heard recently.
The Art of Business, like many of his songs, is about Capitalism, and displays an impressive depth of thought and a pitch black sense of humor. Clocking in at just over 10 minutes its as ambitious and sprawling in its intention as it is in its duration, using repetitive synth lines to build a sense of grim foreboding under expertly imitated management conference speak and samples from actual motivational speakers, before breaking into a first person narrative from the perspective of a banker leaving his office during a protest that is legitimately chilling. It’s brilliantly crafted and nimbly navigates subject matter that could easily fall flat or ring false. A truly remarkable composition.
There’s plenty of more excellent material available on his soundcloud and he’s promised a new series of tracks called Fahrenheit starting in the new year that will appear weekly and will feature a subject, product or company that he admires. The first two installments are already up, one on Bitcoin and one on Whistleblowers.
Hamilton’s Jessy Lanza has had a bit of a meteoric rise to fame, and deservedly so. Could her music be any more cutting edge? For a long time she’s been the Hammer’s go-to opening artist for all the best visiting electronic musicians, like Trust, Diamond Rings, and Miracle Fortress. After signing to prestigious UK label Hyperdub and releasing Pull My Hair Back, the spotlight has been shining brightly on her. Working with Jeremy Greenspan of Junior Boys as co-writer and co-producer, her debut album has not left our figurative tapedecks since we got our grimy paws on it. Pitchfork hype? Yep. Resident Advisor features? Check. Toronto Star love? Uh-huh. The “Kathy Lee” music video is one of the best of the year, no question.
Pull Your Hair Back is available now from iTunes, and you won’t hear another forward-thinking electronic pop release better than it this year. Jessy plays the Garrison in Toronto on Saturday November 2, and tickets are available here.
Here are Jessy’s Silent Shoutout picks for under-the-radar music you should check out:
Huren (aka Dave Foster) is from Hamilton and is a great lyricist.
Tee Flii is one my favourite r&b singers right now and this track is produced by DJ Mustard who is also amazing. Tee Flii also calls girls “annies” which is cute.
This video was shot in Hamilton in February and captures everything I love about the city.
I am really into the new direction Bieber has taken.
This track has the power to take you to all sorts of different places.
The long-awaited debut Jessy Lanza song is here! “Kathy Lee” is a remarkably spare affair, very minimal and restrained yet deeply grooving electro here. Jessy’s debut album Pull My Hair Back is coming out September 10 and was co-produced and co-written by Jeremy Greenspan of Junior Boys fame. Big things coming for the Hamilton artist, she’s already been Pitchforked and all. Directed by Lee Skinner.
The Russian Futurists are back! New single featuring Jeremy Greenspan of Junior Boys!
Total surprise new release from Junior Boys honcho Jeremy Greenspan, a collaboration with Borys on Caribou’s Jiaolong imprint. It’s a pretty aggressive release, lots of distorted arpeggiators, yet still very danceable. It’ll be out soon on vinyl, so watch for that.
More new stuff from the Pick a Piper camp! Here’s a couple of remixes from the Caribou drummer’s friends…namely Caribou himself and Jeremy Greenspan of Junior Boys! Mr. Greenspan’s remix is super minimal, atonal stuff, and Caribou is sounding like we’ve never heard him before. Possibly some of the strangest hip-hop ever put to vinyl.
Under-everyone’s-radar Hamilton electronic pop artist Jessy Lanza is finally beginning her emergence into the spotlight. Here she is lending her soulful vocals to this Ikonika track.