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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
New York, NY