ULTIMATE PLAYLIST: BABEHEAVEN
Babeheaven are back with new single Fresh Faced, having just sold out their biggest headline gig at legendary London venue Jazz Cafe in the process. 2019 has already proven to be a step up for the band, having already sold-out shows ranging from Bush Hall and Scala to touring with acts like Loyle Carner, The Japanese House, and Palace.
The West-London five-piece acclaimed releases thus far have taken them on a rich emotional journey far from – but always back to – their cultural roots, with the strip of the city either side of the Westway having its link to everyone from Lily Allen to Jungle and Blur (let alone the sensory overload of Carnival). Growing up amongst that sense of history and creative atmosphere meant Babeheaven could only ever be musicians, really. Though, Babeheaven’s depictions of those truths ultimately reach far beyond the city that inspires them.
The last year or so has seen the band enter an intense period of writing, recording, and growth. In Nancy, Babeheaven have a front-woman of remarkable vocal and emotional depth: one who is also able to move effortlessly between the worlds of music, fashion, and art. As a badass woman herself, we asked Nancy to put together her Ultimate playlist of influential women in music. Check it out below!
Watching Me – Jill Scott
I think I started singing because I loved Jill Scott’s voice so much. I wanted to copy her, sound like her and be able to sing all of the parts. I also love her lyrics, shes funny and so cool.
Slow Jam – Tirzah
I think Tirzah’s voice is really amazing, the pairing with Micachus production makes something very special. Tirzah’s album was my most listened to album last year. I had it on loop and still do.
Brakhage – Stereolab
Such interesting song writing, such good harmonies, and melodies layered.
Don’t Cry – It’s Only Rhythm – Grace Jones,
She doesn’t sing on this song- but most of the album is reworks of the same song. Grace is so incredible, I remember seeing her live and she hula hooped whilst singing her entire set. It was crazy.
Cherish the Day – Sade
Sade is the best, Cherish the Day is my all time favourite song by her, when the bass starts in the middle it gets me every time. Her voice is flawless and she is stunningly amazing.
Essence of Sapphire – Dorothy Ashby
The first time I listened to Dorothy Ashby, I was obsessed. I think she’s so cool I remember looking her up I wanted to know everything about her.
I do (feat SZA) – Cardi B
I cheated and put 2 in one. Cardi is jokes and a great rapper I love nearly all the songs on “Invasion of Privacy”- SZA is a force and sings amazingly her first EP (album thing) was lyrically and sonically very important to me.
Kimson – Warpaint
When this EP (Exquisite Corpse) came out I lost it. It was so cool to see a girl band making such sick music and looking like they didn’t care about what anyone thought of them. They make such good music.
Respect – Rotary Connection
I love Minnie Ripperton, so I put in this song. Rotary Connection have amazing vocal arrangements stacks of harmonies and lux string parts. Love it.
Isobel – Bjork
She is the coolest (how many more times can I say that). She writes about nature in an amazing way and has such a progressive sound. What a G- I recently watched a short documentary about her and was just even more amazed by the music she creates.