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Live: Jessy Lanza – Oh No

Jessy Lanza performs “Oh No” for Radio 1’s Residency Live At Maida Vale.

Jessy Lanza – Oh No LP


Jessy Lanza’s second album ‘Oh No’ is addressed to her own constant nervousness. The pressure of music making. The exclamation ‘Oh No’, for Jessy, marks yet another incident of randomness interrupting her tranquillity. All of which seems at odds with the confidence and spontaneity of this album as well as recent collaborations with the likes of Caribou, DJ Spinn and Morgan Geist and his Galleria project.

Made in her hometown of Hamilton, Ontario, with production partner Jeremy Greenspan from Junior Boys, the plaintive, reverb drizzled mood of the first album has all but given away to a more direct, self-assured and joyful album. As with many artists whose hometown lie off the usual network of cultural hotspots, ‘Oh No’ is driven positively by the idea of making music that isn’t inspired by where she lives. Instead, the album resonates more with the philosophy of experimental pop of Japanese 80s electro outfit Yellow Magic Orchestra and Jessy’s breathless, pitched vocals are reminiscent of YMO collaborator Miharu Koshi. Playfully laced with cascading arpeggios, crispy drum machines and breezy songs, ‘Oh No’ has an infectious energy that has been brewing in her live shows since her first album. As Jessy says of it ‘I want to make people feel good and I want to make myself feel good’.

Watch the video for the Shangaan Electro tinged ‘It Means I Love You’ here.

Jessy Lanza tours the world with Junior Boys in February and March, see the dates below.

12.02. UK Glasgow Stereo
14.02. UK Ramsgate Music Hall
16.02. UK London Oslo
17.02. FR Paris Point Ephemere
18.02. CH Zurich Papiersaal
19.02. IT Milano Magnolia
20.02. DE Munich Ritournelle @ Kammerspiele
21.02. AT Vienna B72
24.02. DE Hamburg Uebel & Gefahrlich
25.02. DE Berlin Berghain
26.02. SE Malmo Babel
27.02. PL Warsaw Fabryka Trzciny
28.02. DK Copenhagen Lille Vega
01.03. BE Brussels Botanique
02.03. NL Amsterdam Tolhuis
03.03. DE Cologne Gewoelbe
04.03. NL Zwolle Where the Wild Things Are

10.03. CA Vancouver The Imperal Theatre
11.03. US Seattle , WA Neptune Theatre
12.03. US Portland, OR Star Theater
14.03. US San Francsico, CA Mezzanine
15.03. US Los Angeles, CA The regent Theatre
18.03. US San Diego, CA Casbah
19.03. US Tucson, AZ the Flycatcher
21.03. US Dallas, TX Club Dada
22.03. US Austin, TX the Mohawk
23.03. US Houston, TX Warehouse Live Studio
24.03. US New Orleans, LA One Eyed Jacks
25.03. US Bimingham, AL Saturn
26.03. US Atlanta, GA The Loft
28.03. US Carborro, NC Cat’s Cradle
29.03. US Washington, DC Black Cat
30.03. US Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer
31.03. US New York, NY Webster Hall
01.04. US Allston, MA Brighton Music Hall
02.04. US Pawtucket, RI The MET Cafe
04.04. US Pittsburgh, PA Altar
05.04. US Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom
06.04. US Chicago, IL the Metro
07.04. US Pontiac, MI The Crofoot
08.04. CA London London Music Hall
09.04. CA Toronto Phoenix Concert Theatre

Video: Jessy Lanza – You Never Show Your Love feat. DJ Spinn, Taso


Hamilton Canda-based producer and Vocalist Jessy Lanza meets Chicago’s world famous Teklife crew on this sultry EP, with DJ Spinn and Taso’s first released RnB track, and a Teklife, footwork remix with assistance from the late DJ Rashad.

The main mix is a dejected confessional, slow jam with Jessy’s plaintive vocal sitting in the middle of spiralling drums and teardrop-like chords, a gentle guitar refrain dropping in at the end like a comforting hand on the shoulder.

Following the instrumental version, the Teklife mix doubles the tempo, switching the gentleness to deliver an interpretation that touches on tense anger, with the sweeping chords the track is built on, snapping into shivering shapes, as strings simmer in the background building the tension. Bambounou’s ‘Fuck Diamond’ remix (from Jessy’s debut album) appears on vinyl for the first time (after a release last year on the final Hyperdub 10 compilation) and he transforms it into a rough drum machine workout, leaving sparse elements of the original in there; a splash of vocal and a held chord, building a dynamic trance that slips and slides in and out of different patterns.

Jessy Lanza’s You Never Show Your LoveEP is out July 24 on Hyperdub.

The Galleria – Calling Card


Metro Area’s Morgan Geist has now a new project called The Galleria, featuring vocals from Canadian R&B singer Jessy Lanza. The debut EP is “Calling Card/Mezzanine”, which is said to “ripples with echoes of the indigenous music of long-dead suburban New Jersey shopping malls and NYC radio stations: bombastic freestyle, club dubs, razor-edits and bubblegum-pop R&B.”

Stream the EPs lead single “Calling Card” below. Out now digitally via Morgan Geist’s Environ Records imprint. Get it here.

A1. Calling Card
A2. Calling Card (Razor Dub)
B1. Mezzanine
B2. Mezzanine (Up Dub)

10. Jessy Lanza – Pull My Hair Back

Η πρωτοεμφανιζόμενη παραγωγός, στιχουργός και τραγουδίστρια Jessy Lanza από τον Καναδά κυκλοφόρησε το ντεμπούτο στην Hyperdub με συμπαραγωγό τον Jeremy Greenspan των Junior Boys. Ο ηλεκτρονικός ήχος της, με στοιχεία soul, funk, r’n’b και "τευτονικά" μπάσα, όπως λέει και η ίδια, μας δείχνει πώς μπορεί να ακούγεται η pop μουσική στο μέλλον (άκουσε στο spotify).

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Jessy Lanza – Move Closer

Jessy Lanza has just released her debut album “Pull My Hair Back”, co-produced by Junior Boys’ Jeremy Greenspan, on Hyperdub. The Ontario-based R&B singer has shared this cover of Phyllis Nelson’s 1984 hit ballad “Move Closer”. Download it for free here. Jessy Lanza’s LP “Pull My Hair Back” is out now. Get it here.

Jessy Lanza – 5785021

Ontario avant-R&B singer Jessy Lanza has shared another taste of what to expect from her upcoming debut album, titled “Pull My Hair Back”, out on September 9 via Hyperdub (co-produced and co-written by Junior Boys’ Jeremy Greenspan). “5785021″ is a classy late-night jam. Check it out below.

Jessy Lanza – Keep Moving

Only a couple weeks from releasing her impressive debut single “Kathy Lee“, Ontario avant-R&B singer Jessy Lanza has shared another taste of what to expect from her upcoming debut album, titled “Pull My Hair Back”, out on September 9 via Hyperdub. Check out the disco-flavored “Keep Moving”, below. The forthcoming LP “Pull My Hair Back” was co-produced and co-written by Junior Boys’ Jeremy Greenspan.

Video: Jessy Lanza – Kathy Lee

On September 10, Hyperdub will release Ontario singer Jessy Lanza‘s debut LP, Pull My Hair Back, which was co-produced and co-written by Junior Boys‘ Jeremy Greenspan. This moody first single from the LP, Kathy Lee, is accompanied by a video that features someone named “Jed the dancing guy”, apparently shot in the Canadian town of Hamilton. Directed by Lee Skinner. In case you missed it, below, you can also stream the collaboration of Lanza and Ikonika in “Beach Mode (Keep It Simple)”.

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