Jessy Lanza All the Time Hyperdub
The only thing as important as making music which suits the times is making music which gets you the hell out of the times. Jessy Lanza put the finishing touches on her third album All the Time back in 2019, but springing this bubbly set of tunes on us in 2020 is a divine stroke of timing. This is the carefree collection of dance tracks we both need and deserve this summer, so effortlessly scrumptious and frenetic you almost forget that there aren’t any dancefloors to enjoy it on.
While there’s no single song that hits with the force of the 2016 dopamine-sledgehammer It Means I Love You, All the Time is an altogether richer, more polished full-length than anything Lanza’s released to date. Each of the record’s ten cuts shines with a focus on sing-song lyrics and glistens with a well-buffed pop sheen, going down like assorted candies sprinkled atop a sundae. Anyone Around kicks things off with a standard Lanza strut-and-start before unexpectedly giving way to the halcyon bauble of Lick in Heaven. This is, by any measure, one of the best songs of her career: a piece of pure, delectable perfection which, as its chorus sums up with ease, gives you the sensation of ceaseless spinning.
And the pleasures only continue to abound from there. Face is an electric bit of footwork which slyly calls back to her 2016 outing Never Enough, while Badly slathers gelatinous cascades of percussion as thick as the lust it depicts. But even this heady haze of beats is given a run for its money with Like Fire, a song that seems physically impossible to listen to without gyrating every appendage with maniacal glee. When the one-two punch conclusion of Over and Over and the title track arrives – sooner than you’d prefer – it makes explicit what’s been clear for some time. This is blissful electro-pop made for infinite play-throughs.