Musically, LION BABE (New York City’s Jillian Hervey and Lucas Goodman) sounds like shades of chipmunk-soul funk-jazz (think of Just Blaze as a comparison) coalesced with jazzed-up vocals that are smooth and shiny (very similar to Erykah Badu’s) and squeezed fresh with vitality and urban elasticity.
Jillian (daughter of the actress and producer Vanessa L. Williams — “The Courage to Love” telefilm 2000) — manipulates phrase and tempo in a distinct and vibrant way on the new Pharrell Williams produced track ‘Wonder Woman’:
The pace here is uneven and stained — with inkspots of darkness and lumps of rigid bass (from Lukey who is behind that bold bumpiness).
And, of course, this is about a strong woman responding to the masculine game.
So the vocal has stunning bone-structure and possesses enviable pride and determination.
Pharrell’s influence is evident at about the 2:40 mark, as the Astra Raw edginess is interrupted by a turning-break.
Then, after a long screech-owl howl those feline vocals skittle on back to impress us again.
A daddling, gentle-fun soul number blurred with Neptunes-style off-kilter eccentricity, impudent joltiness and undeniable glamour.
Words: @neilmach 2015 ©
The new single ‘Wonder Woman’ out May 4th – preorder now http://po.st/WWiTYT
Listen to LION BABE on Spotify http://po.st/LBEPSpotify