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Jessy Lanza

Jessy Lanza, DJ Taye, Jeremiah Meece 

When: Thu., June 16, 9 p.m. 2016
Price: $15, $12 in advance
On her 2013 debut, Pull My Hair Back, Canadian singer-producer Jessy Lanza displays an innate, almost alchemical ability to meld swooning R&B and austere electronics into a consuming fog. Her alluringly atmospheric music often threatens to blot out her lustrous, delicate vocals, but Lanza has put some muscle into her singing on this year’s Oh No (Hyperdub), ensuring that even her highest-pitched hooks and half-spoken chants groove with the pointed percussion and blustery electronics rather than get lost in them. At her best Lanza sounds like she’s dancing along with her own music and cheering for the euphoric rush it brings, as on “It Means I Love You,” where her vocals steer through the tinny lounge melody and tropical ambience that open the song while layers of footwork-influenced percussion build to the tune’s glorious release.
— Leor Galil
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