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Jam of the Day/LION BABE/Childish Gambino/”Jump Hi”

Starting off, I would just thank all of you who are taking time of your crazy lives to read this. Whether you’ve been following Philly Mixtape since the website launch last year or just giving a shout out for the first time, I personally thank you from the bottom of my music heart. I’m not one to spill on numbers, but they’ve certainly spoken and plain and simple……you guys are the shit. 

If there’s been one thing I’ve learned since kick starting this project (and it certainly is a project) on Instagram almost two (!) years ago  (besides all of the 963, 000 other things), it’s that it’s the hardest fucking thing I’ve ever done in my life……mostly because, all truth be told, I’ve never actually seen myself as a true writer. While I learned a whole lot of writing…stuff…in college (before following my headphones to DJ pastures) as well as in my fabulous two-year residency at Philadelphia Magazine prior to Mixtape (thank you, Josh Middleton for taking a big chance on this music bitch), I’ve always thought of myself to be an entertainer. Never in a million god damn years did I ever get to think I would get the opportunity to be under such brilliant writing guidance, which would lead me to the (eek!) chance strike out on my own and entertain everyone on a daily basis. No matter how hard this journey has been (business tip–you’re not going to make shit your first year and it will drive you crazy like Brit Brit), it’s absolutely been worth it, and I have you (yas, you) to thank for that. I promise that as we head into further down the year two road, the local and legendary truth will be even bigger, bolder and more Brotherly than ever before. Just think…less filler, more Philly. That’s all. 

On a bit of a personal note, naturally, I would just like to take a moment to quote a track off of Madonna’s (vastly overlooked) fifth studio album, Bedtime Stories, called “Survival.” On top of a dreamy ’90s R&B laced beat, the Material Girl coos, “A little up and down and all around, it’s all about survival.” Those coveted words have always stuck with me (as well as the line about never being an angel or a saint..#ownit), because they are absolutely true. Life is never easy, but it’s what we make of those hard times that truly defines us. I know that I’m still learning about my past, my present and my future with this project, and I can only hope to inspire those out there that no matter the drama. the fight or the shade…you got this. All you have to do is follow your passion, and while the road will certainly be tough, it’s always worth surviving in the end. 

Closing out, I would just like to welcome everyone to what is already shaping up an exciting new chapter of Philly Mixtape. While there will absolutely be some bumps along the road (because, that’s business bitch), I look forward to sharing the journey ahead to with all of you out there. 

So on that music Oprah note, let’s get to music werk, shall we? Now, as much fun as it was categorizing the daily grooves every week for you guys. this is Philly Mixtape, so a daily mix of jams will be taking over your music lives each day, no matter the genre–old school, new school, deep house, tropical house, Paula Abdul.

Today’s coveted jam is brought to you by NYC based Retro-soul group, LION BABE, whose romping single, “Jump Hi” sets the perfect tone for all kinds of Philly Mixtape stuff that’s on the horizon…….whether on or off on the pages.

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Track-by-Track Truth/LION BABE/’Begin’

A funky New York City-based duo with a knack for mixing neo-soul with a slightly retro R&B feel, LION BABE is made up of vocalist Jillian Hervey and producer Lucas Goodman. After linking up at a party, Hervey–the daughter of Ms.,Vanessa Williams, by the way–overheard tracks Goodman, aka Astro Raw, was laying out and soon struck up a conversation with him.

The newfound music besties first collaborated song on the explosive, “Treat Me Like Fire,” which took over SoundCloud when it was released in late 2012. After word spread like music jungle wildfire about the dazzling duo, they were pretty much immediately picked up by Polydor  Records in the U.K. and Interscope in the U.S..

After finding their record label groove, LION BABE  struck back on the scene in 2014 with a self-titled four-track EP that featured “Treat Me Like Fire,” as well as the trunk ready,  “Jump Hi,” a strutting collaboration with Childish Gambino. Throw in a standout collaboration called “Hour Glass” on Disclosure’s sophomore set, Caracal, and LION BABE certainly knew what they were doing when it came to laying down the shimmering tracks on their vividly creative debut album, Begin, which has been laid out in track-by-track style for everyone to dive into.

Because when it comes to brilliant records like this one, you certainly don’t want to miss a beat. 

“Whole” Welcome to the electric world of Begin…you’ll be glad you stepped in. 

“Jump Hi”(ft. Childish Gambino) If you’re not bobbin’ your head from that first drop, you need your music card revoked. 

“Wonder Woman” Four words–produced by Pharrell Williams. Enough said. 

“Impossible” A bouncy, empowering number that’s mixed up with a clap happy backbone. Get ready to hit the floor with this one. 

“Stressed OUT!” For those days when we all go a little bat sh#t crazy. Lion Babe has now given us a funky anthem to ease during the Britney-in-’07 madness. 

“Satisfy My Love” A sexy, slinky standout. 

“Where Do We Go” Another standout, only this time this whirling number is just all wrapped in that neo soul music life. Groove on. 

“On The Rocks” A true after hours groove never sounded so good. 

“Hold On” That bassline though….

“Jungle Lady” They even have their own theme song. 

 

“Got Body” Do you? 

 

“Everyday Life” What that neo-soul music life is all about. 

 

“Treat Me Like Fire” You’ll never want to put out the funky music flames of this “Fire.” 

 

“Little Dreamer” A perfectly plugged in album closer.