When classical and jazz training and a love of R&B come together, the result is some seriously good singing. Add songwriting and production to match, and good becomes unstoppable. Jessy Lanza first caught everyone’s attention after crooning the memorable “Baby, keep it simple” hook on SSENSE favorite Ikonika’s single “Beach Mode,” but the Hamilton, Ontario resident is quickly advancing to the center of the spotlight. With a taste for 90s club music and vintage synthesizers alike, Lanza balances the tight song structures honed during her musical education with Italo-tinged house rhythms and her own breathless vocals. She enlisted producer (and fellow Hamilton native) Jeremy Greenspan of Junior Boys for his dance music background on her debut album Pull My Hair Back, and the results are appropriately infectious. In fact, we liked them so much that we’re also featuring the recent Hyperdub signee in this week’s profile of rising fashion and music talent – see her modeling J.W. Anderson and Yang Li here.
Lanza’s dance-ready mix features tracks from Le1f, CVNT, and labelmate Ikonika.