Billboard - "Lion Babe have a playful, experimental streak, and they stretch themselves stylistically at every turn..."
Clash (magazine) - "Lion Babe flit between genres with melodious ease. Showcasing whimsical spaced-out funk on `Stressed OUT!' with an ear-worm vocal echo, Hervey's Badu-esque harmonies envelope the listener in smoky goodness."
Recording information: A Fine Young Hannibals, Los Angeles; Basement 669, London; Conway Recording Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Downtown Music Studios, New York, NY; Lion Babe Studios, New York, NY; Manifest Music, Santa Monica; Night Hunfer Studios, Brooklyn, New York; Point Sonic Studios, Brooklyn, NY; Premier Studios, New York, NY; Quad Studios, New York, NY; Sarm Studios, London; South Beach Studios, Miami, FL; Studio 75, Brooklyn, NY; The Joint Recording, Brooklyn, NY; The Spaceship, Los Angeles, CA.
Photographer: Tom Johnson.
New York-based duo Jillian Hervey and Lucas Goodman started inching toward stardom when they uploaded their first track in 2012. "Treat Me Like Fire" was a flirtatious and assured introduction to their left-of-center, slightly retro form of R&B. Rooted in a rare soul side that had appeared on a compilation issued by the Now-Again and Truth & Soul labels, the latter of which employed Goodman as an audio engineer for Lee Fields and Lady sessions, the song led to support from subcultural gatekeepers like Afropunk and Saint Heron and a major-label deal. A little over three years after that first upload, a period that involved a batch of singles, an EP, a slew of club remixes, and a fine Disclosure collaboration, Hervey and Goodman completed Begin, their debut album. Hervey takes cues from forthright soul-funk greats like Chaka Khan, Betty Wright, and Betty Davis, but she has a gentler character that's her own, whether she's singing of body positivity, seducing without compromising herself, or serving up would-be skipping rhymes. Just as crucially, she and Goodman don't act as if innovations in R&B ceased before they were born; most of these songs are as modern sounding as anything aired on radio stations classified as mainstream urban. Hervey never adjusts her style to angle for crossover success, even when she and Goodman work with outside producers like Pharrell Williams ("Wonder Woman") and Robin Hannibal ("Where Do We Go"). Begin resonates most, however, when Hervey and Goodman are left to themselves. ~ Andy Kellman