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Friday 17 September 2021

MUSIC: LION BABE drop brand new visual for 'It's Okay'ft OSHUN



“On ‘Frida Kahlo’ Lucas creates an instrumental bed of sunshine and flowers to underlie Hervey’s rappy cadence and uplifting lyrics.” - BILLBOARD

"New York funk-soul duo LION BABE ignite a funky, psychedelic dance party..." - ROLLING STONE

“Polished groove-funk undertones alongside glitch electronica and rap … an assured step forward from the New York duo.” - EVENING STANDARD

“A sonic patchwork of R&B, soul and dance-pop threaded together with Jillian’s powerful, cruising vocals and Lucas’ artful melding” – NOTION

Hot on the heels of the release of their brand-new visual album ‘Rainbow Child’, the dynamic New York alt-R&B/Soul duo LION BABE – comprised of singer-songwriter and performance artist Jillian Hervey and producer/DJ Lucas Goodman, have dropped the must-see visual for their track ‘It’s Okay’ ft OSHUN.

Directed by LION BABE and shot by ONErpm studios, the enchanting clip uses the backdrop of the SeaGlass Carousel at The Battery, a magical aquarium-themed carousel housed in a spiralling pavilion of curved glass and steel in the band’s native New York. The majestic soul duo OSHUN also feature in the visual.

Featuring the legendary rapper and lead member of the Billboard-topping Hip-Hop group Wu-Tang Clan, Ghostface Killah on the entrancing album opener ‘Rainbows’, LION BABE started to create ‘Rainbow Child’ last year ‘in response to the heightened pain and injustice Black lives have been experiencing’. 

Drumming up major anticipation for the project throughout the year with a run of stand-out singles and visuals, also comprising the art-inspired ‘Frida Kahlo’, the smooth, soulful ‘Signs’ featuring Siimbiie Lakew - which NME described as a ‘freshly squeezed slice of R&B’ - the retro flavoured ‘Get Up’ ft Trinidad James, and their last visual ‘Going Through It’, the new 9-track album perfectly showcases the heavenly combination of Jillian’s mesmerising vocals and spellbinding lyricism and Lucas’ intricate and addictive production. Following two sold-out headline shows at Mercury Lounge NYC last month, LION BABE are poised to return to the stage at Elsewhere Rooftop, Brooklyn on September 28th and then Washington DC’s Union Stage on September 30th.

The new project follow’s 2019’s ‘Cosmic Wind’ which spawned stand-out singles such as ‘Western World’ ft Raekwon and ‘The Wave’ ft Leikeli47, and a series of stunning visuals. 

Last year LION BABE completed their ‘Around The World, At Home’ virtual global tour, released their funky, House take on Nelly’s hip-hop hit ‘Hot in Herre’ - which was tipped as one of the ‘best R&B songs right now’ by The FADER and shot to the top of Hype Machine’s number one spot – and their interpretation of Mos Def’s classic ‘Umi Says’ which saw proceeds go to the NAACP’s Legal Defense Fund. Kicking off 2021 in style, their reimagining of Odyssey’s ‘Native New Yorker’ was featured as the soundtrack of Michael Kors’newest fragrance Gorgeous.

Since 2014, the duo have garnered an impressive music catalogue and have collaborated with some music favourites such as rapper/actor Childish Gambino, and house music sibling duo, Disclosure, who featured the New York natives on their smash single ‘Hourglass’ which they performed at huge stages across the world. In 2018, HBO's Original Series Insecure recruited LION BABE for their singles ‘Hit the Ceiling’ and ‘Just Me’, which were broadcasted for Seasons 1 and 3. The band have also made appearances at festivals such as Coachella, AFROPUNK, Glastonbury, Reading & Leeds, Smokin' Grooves, Milkshake (Amsterdam) and Australia’s Wildlands, Beyond The Valley and Original Fields.


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