Boomkat Product Review:
Jessy Lanza follows this year's slippery dance-pop slab "All the Time" with a suite of remixes that catapult her songs into alien worlds, with ace versions from Visible Cloaks, Loraine James, Foodman, Martyn Bootyspoon and others.
Yeah, yeah remix records are a hard sell, all too often comprising a limited assemblage of reworks that barely even touch the originals let alone take 'em to new places. Thankfully, this set of versions brings the goods: a selection of tracks from a genuinely varied collection of producers that push Lanza's blazing art-pop originals into new places.
Foodman kicks things off in his usually frenetic style, slicing Lanza's distinctive vocals to ribbons, leaving just syllables and phraseless words to hum bizarrely around rhythmic outcroppings that sound one part footwork, one part piano roll invaded by a rogue AI. Meanwhile, experimental pop explorer Kate NV turns the '80s vibes on 'Baby Love' to eleven, garnishing Lanza's sweeter-than-sweet vocals with echoing cold wave flavors and MTV beat box rhythms.
It's Portland MIDI fetishists Visible Cloaks who really surprise here though. Thus far, the duo's output has largely hovered around a brittle, precise Japanese new age sound world, so adding Lanza's dreamy vocals to the mix is a departure and sounds liek some bizarre half-remembered weightless stadium pop - in teh best way.
Elsewhere, Martyn Bootyspoon gives 'Like Fire' a hard-as-nails saturated electro groove, DJ Swisha chucks chunky breaks around 'All The Time' and Loraine James impresses yet again granulating 'Face' within an inch of its life, layering chords over moans and bass that goes straight for the tear ducts.
V, V good.