LISTEN: Babii – ‘Carniivore’

A taster from BABii’s forthcoming album HiiDE, ‘CARNiiVORE’ lives within a world of eerily fragile electronic soundscape that is reminiscent of early Grimes and FKA Twigs. There are mesmerising keyboard and synth sounds woven into its web of melody and, really, this is a particularly good example of what can be done with synth pop.

The song is intricate and clever while still being listenable and accessible. The dreamlike qualities of BABii’s work seem to stem from her preoccupation with her thwarted childhood dreams; there is a sense of the childlike as well as the terrifying in her soundscapes, which might be why she describes the process of making HiiDE as being her way of crying. This is an oddly beautiful single, and one that will stay with you long after listening.

HiiDE, the upcoming album from BABii, is released on 5th July via Deathwaltz Originals. Catch BABii live at the following dates:

5th May: Sounds of the Other City, Salford
9th May: The Hope & Ruin (downstairs), Brighton
10th May: The Great Escape, Komedia Studio, Brighton 2.15am
11th May: Tempest Inn, Brighton
10th July: Ramsgate Music Hall, Ramsgate

Cazz Blase
@CazzBlase

 

Track Of The Day: BABii – ‘Seiizure’

Emerging Margate-based artist BABii has shared her new single ‘Seiizure’, taken from her debut LP HiiDE, which is set for release later this year via Deathwaltz Originals. It’s a lo-fi fusion of atmospheric synths, snappy percussion and cutting-but-cute vocals.

Speaking about the new track, BABii explains: “I nearly put this song in the bin, but Iglooghost heard a small clip from it when I used to post parts of songs on my Instagram and encouraged me to finish it. Now it’s one of my favourite songs on the record”. Encouraged by her collaborators and fans – including umru, Kai Whiston and Abi Wade – BABii has been cutting and pasting snippets of her songs and sharing them online for a while. Now, she’s ready to step in to the spotlight, and if ‘Seiizure is anything to go by, it’s going to be a bright one.

Listen to the new single below and follow BABii on Facebook for more updates.

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut

LISTEN: BABii – ‘Phantom’

Don’t be fooled by the name of youthful newcomer BABii; she’s a fully-fledged producer, songwriter and performer who crafts her own electro-pop beats and her new single ‘Phantom’ showcases her ability to do so.

Taken from her debut LP HiiDE, which is set for release in 2019 via Deathwaltz Originals, ‘Phantom’ is one of many tracks which  “focuses on the key themes of hiding and secrets”. BABii’s upbeat synths and gentle vocals mask the vulnerability in the lyrics to ‘Phantom’, making it a playful and easy listening experience.

With her upcoming tour dates supporting Miho Hatouri (listed below) and after receiving support from Iglooghost’s Diplo & Friends mix for BBC Radio 1, one thing’s for sure: it’ll be hard for BABii to hide from an exciting new career in electronic pop music. Listen to ‘Phantom’ below and follow BABii on Facebook for more updates.

BABii 2018/2019 Live Dates
10/12 – Shacklewell Arms, LONDON UK (supporting Miho Hatori)
12/12 – Green Door Store, Brighton UK (supporting Miho Hatori)
8-17/3 – SXSW Festival USA

Kate Crudgington
@KCBobCut