“This is kinda like tokens of our wisdom that we have accumulated up until now…”
Lion Babe, the alternative R&B and funk duo are back with their appropriately entitled second album- Cosmic Wind. Released last year alongside their sold-out US tour and live dates across the world, the album combines catchy beats courtesy of producer Lucas Goodman with the sensual vocals, and a little soft rap, from lead singer Jillian Hervey. Recently independent of their label and featuring a stand out collaboration with rap legend Raekwon in ‘Western World’, Cosmic Wind is a feel good album from a band vibing and making music to vibe to in the process. And this is most evident when seeing the act on stage. Ethereal and electrifying at turns, Lion Babe are a band to watch, for their next step, and live when you can!
Cosmic Wind is out now and available to stream here.
PAUSE sat down to talk to the pair ahead of their gig in Hackney, London.
How does it feel to be back in London?
Jillian: It’s surreal! It feels good, it’s like we really did start here, I mean we obviously stared in New York but so much of our learning the ropes was here- we had a family here really, our team did a bunch of shows, our first tour, everything.. so it just feels really nice to be coming back with the new project that we’re super excited about and reconnecting with our London fans since the beginning… a return of giving thanks.
What are your three favourite things to do in London?
Jillian: Nandos, and we have checked that off the list. I am a die-hard. That was the first thing that needed ticking off the list. We told the whole team, you need to know about Nando’s. You need to know about all of the sauces. So yeh, that was a real welcoming for me.
What does the name Lion Babe mean to you now?
Jillian: Lion Babe now is still what we really do. And that’s to be strong by being vulnerable. That’s the lion and the babe, both ends of the spectrum. I think you can’t really have true strength without taking the risk of letting people really see who you are and always and taking that risk to. So I kind of always hold onto that, because no matter where you are, you’ve gotta just go for it!