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Now Hear This: 26/10/13

We’re not really about lists. We like longform interviews and in-depth analysis; wordy think-pieces and lengthy reports. But that’s partly because we’re music-loving writers and there’s nothing we love more than the sound of a keyboard clacking satisfyingly with the sound of our own thoughts. Hey, at least we’re honest.



Album Review: Laurel Halo – Chance of Rain

It’s been a crazy-good year for Kode9’s Hyperdub label. First the Ikonika album, then Jessy Lanza’s, DJ Rashad’s, and now Laurel Halo comes up with a fantastic record too. Inside, Chance of Rain basically sees the constantly shape-shifting Michigan musician mould a carefully constructed hodgepodge of what she’s dabbled in …



BOTW Playlist: Jessy Lanza

Taking an extended look at Jessy Lanza‘s debut Hyperdub full-length, Pull My Hair Back, it quickly becomes clear how simplicity is key to the Canadian producer and vocalist. Co-produced by Jeremy Greenspan of Junior Boys, it’s a record steadfast in its determination to choose exactly the right sound



BOTW Review: Jessy Lanza – Pull My Hair Back

Jessy Lanza’s debut album, Pull My Hair Back, cruises into the room with first track ‘Giddy’. Sleazy and sexy, it’s a slowly growing number that eases you into Pull My Hair Back and is the start of a recurring theme across the album: sex appeal. It oozes from …



BOTW Interview: Jessy Lanza

It’s no stretch to say that 2013 has been a whirlwind year for Canadian vocalist and producer, Jessy Lanza. She’s seen her star rise dramatically off the back of signing to Hyperdub and a much-lauded guest spot on Ikonika‘s ‘Beach Mode (Keep It Simple)‘. Now, with …



BOTW Premiere: Jessy Lanza – ‘Move Closer’

Spending an extended period of time with Jessy Lanza‘s Hyperdub debut, Pull My Hair Back, can certainly be a lucid experience. By and large, it’s a record marked by its crisp production and immaculately devised textures: a plateau on which Lanza’s gracious vocals soar. On her cover of …



Introducing our BOTW: Jessy Lanza

First coming to our attention earlier this year via a breathtaking guest spot on her Hyperdub labelmate Ikonika‘s entrancing ‘Beach Mode‘, Canadian vocalist and producer Jessy Lanza returns next month with her debut album, Pull My Hair Back, and it’s without doubt one of the most …



News: Laurel Halo set to drop new album ‘Chance of Rain’

Electronic artist Laurel Halo is set to release her new LP, ‘Chance of Rain’, next month. The album follows her previous two critically acclaimed EPs, ‘Behind the Green Door’ and ‘Sunlight on the Faded’. Differing from her previous work, ‘Chance of Rain’ will explore the intersection between rhythmic and …



Introducing: Black Orange Juice

The latest project to come from the ever fruitful mind of Hyperdub‘s Ossie (here alongside his best friends, Paul Black and Tilz), Black Orange Juice vibe on sleek, soulful house with more than a pinch of garage’s more introspective side. With a debut EP, 3 Started Alone, set …



Guest Playlist: Benin City

With their debut album, Fires in the Park, due early next month on Audio Doughnuts, bass-heavy, ethno-clash troupe Benin City took us on an audio tour of the sounds that have inspired them while creating it. Here, the group’s frontman Joshua Idehen (who co-wrote the songs with multi-instrumentalist