14 Songs, 48 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

At times on their sparkling debut album, Jillian Hervey and Lucas Goodman almost sound like they’re showing off. There’s almost no genre the pair—she purring vocals, he glitchy beats—don’t try on for size and strike gold. The New Yorkers are comfiest with staccato, funk-lined R&B (“Wonder Woman,” “Impossible”) but perhaps come alive most vividly on the more exotic stops of their genre-hopping. “Jump Hi” (featuring a glorious Nina Simone sample) is a freewheeling hip-hop-flavored nu-soul jam, and the sensual “Where Do We Go” is irresistible 21st-century disco, while “Little Dreamer” lowers the lights and allows Hervey’s voice the chance to really show off.

EDITORS’ NOTES

At times on their sparkling debut album, Jillian Hervey and Lucas Goodman almost sound like they’re showing off. There’s almost no genre the pair—she purring vocals, he glitchy beats—don’t try on for size and strike gold. The New Yorkers are comfiest with staccato, funk-lined R&B (“Wonder Woman,” “Impossible”) but perhaps come alive most vividly on the more exotic stops of their genre-hopping. “Jump Hi” (featuring a glorious Nina Simone sample) is a freewheeling hip-hop-flavored nu-soul jam, and the sensual “Where Do We Go” is irresistible 21st-century disco, while “Little Dreamer” lowers the lights and allows Hervey’s voice the chance to really show off.

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About LION BABE

A New York City-based duo with a simultaneously left-of-center and slightly retro spin on R&B, Lion Babe consists of vocalist Jillian Hervey and producer Lucas Goodman. The two met at a party on the campus of Boston's Northeastern University, when Hervey, the daughter of Vanessa Williams, overheard tracks Goodman, aka Astro Raw, had created and struck up a conversation with him. Their first song, "Treat Me Like Fire," was made a few years later, uploaded to SoundCloud in November 2012, and they were subsequently snapped up by Polydor in the U.K. Lion Babe resurfaced in December 2014 with a self-titled four-track EP that featured "Treat Me Like Fire," as well as "Jump Hi," a strutting number on which Childish Gambino made an appearance. After a highlight contribution to Disclosure's second album Caracal ("Hour Glass"), as well as a stint opening for that duo on tour, Lion Babe completed Begin, their debut album. It was issued in February 2016. ~ Andy Kellman

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