Video: Junior Boys – Over It

Hamilton electronic pop/R&B trailblazers Junior Boys continue their never-ending string of essential releases with their fifth album Big Black Coat today, and the duo released a video for one of the record’s standout singles “Over It” a couple of days ago. Directed by Lee Skinner (who also shot Jessy Lanza‘s incredible vid for “Kathy Lee”), it begins with a surreal opening scene as Jeremy Greenspan first fades into existence as an older gentleman (his future self?) gazes at a television screen. A short jaunt through snowy Steeltown takes them to a green-screen rehearsal space, where things get trippy and colourful as Skinner applies a variety of incredible visual effects.

Big Black Coat is out today on Greenspan’s Hamilton-repping Geej Recordings and City Slang.

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Video: Jessy Lanza – It Means I Love You

Extremely exciting news from Hamilton electro-R&B envelope-pusher Jessy Lanza: she’s releasing a second album, a long-awaited follow-up to her tremendously good debut Pull My Hair Back (one of our top ten albums of 2013). On the heels of her remarkable collaboration with Morgan Geist last year as The Galleria, the new record will be called Oh No and was co-written and co-produced with Jeremy Greenspan of Junior Boys. We’re pretty blown away by first single “It Means I Love You”: a killer minimal synthpop jam that incorporates Shangaan electro influences, and sounds utterly original. Great kaleidoscopic video too!

Oh No is out May 13 on Geej Recordings and Hyperdub, and we cannot wait. Jessy Lanza is on tour now in North America and Europe.

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#23: The Galleria – Calling Card

Hamilton’s Jessy Lanza has been positively conquering the world with her sophisticated minimal electronic r&b, and she’s been plenty busy since 2013’s top 10-ranking album Pull My Hair Back. 2015 saw her collaborate with none other than Morgan Geist in a new project called The Galleria, and their “Calling Card” will get you moving with its rapid-fire percussion and larger-than-life synth bass. This should tide us over quite nicely until Lanza’s sure-to-be-brilliant next album.

“Calling Card” is available with b-Side “Mezzanine” from iTunes.

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Premiere: Illitry – The Sunset EP

Hamilton’s Illitry (aka Troy Witherow) has been steadily making a name for himself releasing singles and playing some pretty high-profile shows with his live band in Steeltown. And today, we’re very excited to present the premiere of his debut EP The Sunset:

The four-track release starts off fiercely with some very in-your-face melancholy electronic pop, with the riveting opening song “Fall”. The interplay between Witherow’s soaring soft vocals and his sleek synths is simply magical, and it’s our favourite song from him to date! Those incredible vocals resurface in “Easy Way Out”, which features remarkable Bon Iver-esque harmonies over a heavy beat that you wouldn’t expect. The record was produced by Michael Kiere, who also produced the incredible New Hands LP we wrote about earlier this week, so clearly some excellent things have been happening in Hamilton lately. The EP closes with “Wildberry”, which came out back in May with a sweet video.

All in all, The Sunset is quite the debut, and marks Illitry as an artist seriously worth watching. It’s available now from Bandcamp. Can’t wait to hear what he does next!

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New Release: New Hands – Leave with the Night

This is rather bittersweet. Hamilton‘s New Hands have finally released their debut album, but there’s a catch: it’s also their last. The band broke up early this year, and we’re so happy that they decided to release their material anyway, because it’s golden.

It turns out that two of the released songs on the record, the arpeggiated dance song “Strange Attractor” and the languid “Swimming,” are the end points of the album’s range. It moves between soft, calm singing and a dramatic heartfelt tenor, the synths oscillating between pastel and bright tones. (And for older New Hands fans, 2012’s “Tulips” gets a great-sounding revamp.)

There’s also a lot of clever wordplay, evident even in the title of the first song (“Decide & Conquer”), which also uses word repetition to get entirely different meanings across, like “green” as in new and naive juxtaposed against “green” as in jealous.

We wish we didn’t have to say goodbye to this band, but Leave with the Night makes an excellent swan song.

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