Jessy Lanza – Oh No

Jessy Lanza‘s 2013 debut was great, but we’re calling it right now–the Hamilton-based artist has outdone herself the second time around.

Co-produced with Jeremy Greenspan of Junior Boys, Oh No incorporates the best elements of Lanza’s previous work: airy vocal delivery, interlocking layers of drum machine beats with analog synth melodies, and a very relaxed, cool-temperatured atmosphere. “Vivica,” for instance, sounds like classic Lanza, with some spoken lyrics and understated production.

But now she’s more light on her feet, in between the stomp-and-clap mechanical percussion in “Never Enough,” the falsetto-ed word ends in “Going Somewhere” and the dancing bassline on “VV Violence.” And, all hail the arpeggiator! Much of the album makes masterful use of the jumping chords, weaving them in with quickly moving patterns of sounds and Lanza’s own voice echoing the synth melodies.

You can get your hands on what’s sure to be one of the best albums of the year from Hyperdub. And if you’re in Vancouver, Montreal or Toronto, keep an eye out for Lanza’s tour this summer.

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With her sophomore album only a little more than a month away, Hamilton‘s Jessy Lanza is sounding fresh and fantastic. This is the release’s second single, and it’s classic Lanza–analog synth melodies, beautifully breathy vocals–delivered with extra confidence and a light playfulness. The bass line takes until the first chorus to appear, which only serves to emphasize how great it is when it does kick in.

Oh No is out on Hyperdub on May 13, and we can’t wait.

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Premiere: Benjamin Muñoz – Anchors

We are very pleased to premiere “Anchors”, the debut solo single from Hamilton-based electronic music producer Benjamin Muñoz, of the late New Hands, whose first (and final) album we immensely enjoyed. “Anchors” features a stellar constellation of elements: Burial-inflected rhythms and atmosphere, bleary acoustic piano, impeccable sense of space, and, most notably, understated child-like vocal melodies that add affective depth and an entrancing pop dimension to the mix.

In terms of arrangement and production, “Anchors” hardly sounds like the work of an emergent producer, but rather a standout track by an established veteran. Needless to say, we can’t wait to hear what’s next from Muñoz!

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We’re really enjoying “SUPER COMPUTER”, an eerie lo-fi electronic pop jam from new Hamilton duo txtmeback & notmyfriend, and it’s just one of the highlights from their excellent debut EP Reconciliation. Released with a pretty dark psychedelic video featuring the hypnotic power of old screens, director Joshua Moran matches the track’s syrupy electronic spookiness to a T.

You can listen to Reconciliation now on Soundcloud. Looking forward to more music from these two!

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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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