Making Time 17 with Jessy Lanza (LIVE), Red Axes & Jacques Greene (LIVE) @ Underground Arts

Jessy Lanza

Jessy Lanza's debut album, 'Pull My Hair Back', co-written and co-produced with Jeremy Greenspan from Junior Boys is a 2013 flagship for what electronic pop could sound like, stripped of bloated, behaviourist impulses that treat listeners like lab rats. It's graceful and erotic without the gratuitous close ups, icey and sensual, sweet without rotting your teeth, emotional but with enough blue glow to pull your heart strings. Jessy's voice flutters through the synths seductively, insistent without the over-singing and grating choruses that plague so much contemporary pop. Jessy has a background as a singer and skilled piano scholar, and the duo share a mutual love of collecting the old hardware synths and drum machines that grace this collection of songs. Transecting R&B, house, disco and 80s studio rock, the production is immaculate, reminiscent of early Junior Boys, treading that fine line between cold futurism and the R&B the duo are infatuated with.

The album opens with the bouncy, acidic bassline, plaintive piano and shimmering, delay effected vocals of 'Giddy'. The ominous pitched down opening of '5785021', gives way swiftly to a juddering pulse, insistent lyrics, bustling hi-hats and citric, crystalline synths. 'Kathy Lee' is a minimal, smouldering slow jam illuminated by smudged water colour keys, that switches into double time syncopation in the closing stretch. The song begs as many questions as it answers. Jessy's vocals sound just at home over the fluttering-pitched synths of 'Fuck Diamond' and the album's pop pinnacle, 'Keep Moving', where the tempo rises into classic disco, house and techno. 'Against the Wall' marches in with crunchy, metallic drums and a bumbling baseline. Jessy's sweet, delayed voice rides a line through the gurgling, strobing synths creating a powerful contrast. The album's title track stutters in with carefree, implied S&M directives and sour splashes under an ultraviolet glow. 'As If' throws a curve ball as its rolling, martial snares and walking bassline climax in a sour, acidic crescendo. And the album rounds off gracefully with the flood of endorphins of 'Strange Emotion'.

Red Axes

Jacques Greene

There's not much we can say about this 20 year old house producer from Montreal except that his music is incredible and it's sort of taken over our studio environment in the last months since his then anonymous demo arrived in our inbox. What time will tell is that this guy isn't a stranger to LuckyMe at all, but a good friend of ours for a few years simply growing into some new tastes. But look, I've said too much already. With his first 12", Baby (I Don't Know What You Want), dropping via our peoples at Night Slugs any time soon, you can catch The Look, a 4 track 12" EP debut by Jacques Greene dropping with us at LuckyMe this November. Get to know him. A legit young house producer brimming with ideas and deep, deep taste for techno, rnb & ukf and chicago house.

Dave P. has dedicated his life to the restless quest to achieve futuristic musical TRANSCENDENCE in in his Making Time RADio programme and at his legendary Making Time parties in Philadelphia and FIXED parties in New York. This Philadelphia selector, DJ and warrior of the nite makes a great effort to thoroughly explore electronic music; to turn these sounds into inclusive music that everybody understands together with the theory. In practice, during any of his sessions, your feet, your pulse and your whole body perfectly appreciate that house and techno is music conceived and created to enjoy and at that point futuristic musical TRANSCENDENCE is achieved !!!

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