Check out new music from New York’s Lion Babe, Brighton’s Isabelle Brown and Cornish artist Bailey Tomkinson.
New York funksters Lion Babe have honed their sound – a poppy blend of disco, neo-soul and R&B – by collaborating with some stellar artists in recent years.
Pharrell Williams, Childish Gambino and Disclosure have all worked with the duo, which consists of Jillian Hervey, a super glam vocalist often compared to Erykah Badu, and producer Lucas Goodman, a more aloof character who tinkers away in the background.
Lion Babe have just released their second album, Cosmic Wind, which includes Western World, a track that draws heavily the Pet Shop Boys’ West End Girls and features hip-hop star Raekwon.
She’s only 16 but in music terms Isabelle Brown is an old soul, with a confidence and maturity way beyond her years. Things really kicked off for the Brighton musician last year with the release of Places, an R&B tune with a deliciously upbeat vibe that featured on Netflix’s teen drama On My Block. Brown has just released an EP, 03, and has the support of BBC Music Introducing. She’s here to stay.
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Hailing from St Ives in Cornwall, Bailey Tomkinson writes catchy, upbeat Americana tunes inspired by artists like Jewel and Taylor Swift. She broke through last year with Hey Ace, catching the attention of German indie label FBP who promptly signed her.
Now she’s back with a new single, 7 Minutes in Heaven, a summery tune brimming with cheerful exuberance.
Of the song, she says: “I wanted to create something relatable and youthful, with a sense of fun. I love movies like Dazed and Confused and Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist for the sense they have where in one, crazy night anything can happen. I thought it would be interesting to try to capture that feeling in a song.”
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