“See you in my dreams…never losing my feelings in between…make my heart beat…make our love deep…who’s got it, what can I say?…(Jazz Drums)”
Lion Babe has just officially started the summer off with some heat with the release of their mixtape Sun Joint. The tape comes just months after their debut album release & yet is less a continuation & more another chapter in their musical journey.
For anyone unfamiliar with the sounds & ways of Lion Babe, it is best described as a beautiful fusion of Soul, Funk, Jazz, Electronica, Hip Hop & Blues. They are somehow able to be classic & fresh at the same time. It’s reminiscent of what you may have heard before, but it’s an entirely new spin courtesy of members Lucas Goodman, the producer, & Jillian Hervey, the voice. Jillian’s voice is very Jazzy with strong hints of Funk, yet silky smooth. The depth & personality in her singing sends the charge through the music & melts beautifully into the sometimes Soulful, sometimes electric production. This tape provides a sort of musical embodiment of summer, with carefree attitude & radiant undertones. The production is strong, the lyrics memorable, & the overall sound puts me in the mind of sitting on the porch in summer watching the people moving & having fun on the block.
There are samples of some classic records like Dionne Warwick’s Walk On By, Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s Got Your Money, Sean Paul & Sasha’s I’m Still In Love With You, & The Isley Brother’s Between The Sheets. It’s a fun soundtrack for summer shenanigans. The songs are about love & making great memories as well as other fun topic. Aside from the vocals of Jillian, there are appearances from Junglep*ssy, Raury, & Angel Haze.
The mixtape is currently available for free on SoundCloud. Listen to Sun Joint below: