Today, acclaimed R&B/soul duo LION BABE have announced their new mixtape, SUN JOINT. The mixtape will be available for download from Tuesday, June 21st at www.teamlionbabe.com. The 11-track mixtape will be their first of all-new material since their debut album, Begin, which was released earlier this year. The band has also shared the mixtape’s first song, 'Endless Summer’, which has just premiered on Stereogum.
Just in time for the start of the season, 'Sun Joint'invokes a feel-good, chilled-out vibe with the band’s signature Technicolor palette of sounds, including soul, funk, electronics, and earworm melodies. Songs like opener 'Jazz Drums' and the aforementioned 'Endless Summer' immediately set the mood, and mixtape highlights like 'Tina Turner' and 'Don’t You Worry' expertly match the kinetic energy of their not-to-be-missed live show. The project will feature Jungle Pussy on one track and co-production from DJ Dahi on another. The mixtape also includes two different interpretations of Begin favourite 'Jungle Lady’, with remixes featuring Raury and Angel Haze. The Angel Haze-featuring second remix was also recently featured on the latest Kitty Cash Love The Free, Volume III mixtape.
Coinciding with the release of new music, LION BABE are set to kick off their first-ever North American headlining tour on July 1st atESSENCE Festival. The duo will bring their acclaimed, high-energy live show across the U.S. and Canada with select dates set for July and August. The band will hit cities such as New York, Boston, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto and more. LION BABE will also spend the summer playing select dates at an array of music festivals worldwide, including Glastonbury next weekend and Reading & Leeds in August. Tickets for the tour, which is sponsored by Afropunk, can be purchased atwww.teamlionbabe.com. Full tour dates for their headlining tour can be found below.
Constantly embracing polarity, mixing and matching sounds and visuals to create something new and unique – LION BABE are the New York duo formed of singer/songwriter and performance artist Jillian Hervey and instrumentalist / producer Lucas Goodmanaka Astro Raw. After the organic creation of the sultry, electronic soul track ‘Treat Me Like Fire’, they decided to give the song a home and create LION BABE. The pair draw on an eclectic mix of influences for their sonic and stunning visuals, which mirror the rich melting pot of cultures that New York offers. Citing the likes of A Tribe Called Quest and Sergeant Pepper-era Beatles as having a major impact on them both in their formative years, they identify with a generation brought up on the internet, with references from film and music of all genres, places and eras being just a click away. They released their debut studio album ‘Begin' earlier this year after a buzzed-about self-titled EP and string of singles, including 'Treat Me Like Fire' and 'Jump Hi' featuring Childish Gambino. The duo has since toured the world extensively, playing some of the largest music festivals in the world, and have collaborated with the likes of Pharrell Williams, Disclosure and more.
Official North America Tour Dates:
Fri. July 1, 2016 – Louisiana Superdome @ ESSENCE Festival – New Orleans, LA
Sat. July 2, 2016 – The Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA^
Sat. July 2, 1016 – Vinyl – Atlanta, GA
Mon. July 4, 2016 – The Surf Lodge – Montauk (Long Island), NY
Wed. July 6, 2016 - The Sixth & I – Washington, DC^
Thur. July 7, 2016 – Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY^
Fri. July 8, 2016 – Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA^
Sun. July 10, 2016 –The Foundry – Philadelphia, PA^
Tue. August 9, 2016 – The Independent –San Francisco, CA^
Thur. August 11, 2016 – The Constellation Room- Santa Ana, CA^
Fri. August 12, 2016 – The Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA^
Sat. August 13, 2016 – Brooklyn Bowl – Las Vegas, NV^
Sun. August 14, 2016 – Pub Rock – Pheonix, AZ^
Tue. August 16, 2016 – The Fox – Boulder, CO^
Thur. August 18, 2016- Studio B – Minneapolis, MN^
Fri. August 19, 2016- The Double Door – Chicago, IL^
Sat. August 20, 2016 – The Shelter – Detroit, MI
Sun. August 21, 2016- Rivoli –- Toronto, ON