The duo shared their first single “Treat Me Like Fire” in December 2012. Soon after its release, they locked in a record deal with Interscope and pushed out their first self-titled debut EP in 2014. This year, Lion Babe released their fourteen-track album Begin. And most recently, Lion Babe posted a summer mixtape titled, Sun Jolt on their Soundcloud.
Check out Sun Jolt:
Lion Babe’s stage presence at their show this week was nothing less than surreal. Jillian’s dance training was evident as she prowled across the stage: dipping low, bringin’ it up slow, whipping her mane in every direction, and then topping it all off with a flash of her gorgeous smile. Jillian truly understands the power of her performance. Her ability to drop into her body and express herself through modern dance, while simultaneously ripping out melody lines was stunning to witness in action.
Each Lion Babe song raised the temperature of the room, as more bodies started dancing. The moment I felt too hot, I honed in on Lucas. The way he combined R&B, neo soul, old soul, and hip hop flavors was as cool and breezy as ever. The duo made for the perfect storm; a dangerous combination of wind and fire. Lion Babe’s entire set was art-loaded with powerful elements of performance.
Tuesday night’s show openers were no doubt worthy of shout outs as well. Jilly.fm started the show by laying down the kindling of what would become an epic bonfire. Her sweet, but sassy stage presence combined with solid DJ and singer/songwriter vibes was very unique. KAMAU and Sweater Beats then took the stage and really built the fire’s log foundation. Sweater Beats smoothe, but drivin’ tracks mixed with KAMAU’s soulful voice was, I believe, the term is, lit?
KAMAU is an artist to keep your eye on. His ability to unite audience members through spoken word, soulful music, and an epic energy was incredibly powerful. Perhaps, the most crushing part of the night was Sweater Beats and KAMAU’s cover of Outkast’s “Hey Ya”; it was dirty, like seriously hot. Take a listen for yourself below: