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Jessy Lanza’s weird science at Gasa Gasa 

The Canadian electronic pop artist performs July 2

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Jessy Lanza sounds like she was built in a lab, Weird Science-style — with the twilit electro of Junior Boys, the pop-savant savvy of Grimes, the FUBAR art direction of FKA twigs. The first input is real: Junior Boys' Jeremy Greenspan has production and cowriting credits on both of the Ontarian's LPs, 2013's Pull My Hair Back and the current Oh No (Hyperdub). The next two are more associative, though it would be hard not to place this latest release in the empty space between Grimes' acute chart attack on Art Angels and twigs' overall aversion to anything resembling mainstream on the M3LL155X EP (Melissa for those not fluent in leetspeak); just listen to the nose-thumbing pitch shifts on "VV Violence" and "It Means I Love You" for the former, or the breathy lightbulb strikes on "I Talk BB" and "Vivica" for the latter, and the signposts are unmistakable. This is not a bad thing, particularly when the source materials are so hotly dichotomous and the conduit is this obviously talented. Throw in a perfectly crisp and inventive production touch that frames bookends "New Ogi" and "Could Be U" as an estranged sister record of Junior Boys' So This Is Goodbye, and you have all the makings of a dream girl. DJ Taye opens. Tickets $10.


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