Track Of The Day: BABii – ‘Beast’

In her new dreamy electro single ‘Beast’, Margate-based artist and producer BABii arranges a harmonious meeting spot where stretched synths and longing lyrics dance in the air. With a tasteful distance between sounds, BABii’s production footprint is minimalistic and distinctive – painting a rather vast soundscape within a lo-fi/bedroom-pop context.

Creating the ideal quirky bedroom palette, and then expanding upon that so elegantly seems quite natural to BABii as she resembles experimental artists like FKA Twigs and Clairo. Her eerie bass that tiptoes beneath the mix sets the temperature in which the emotionally icy song sits. Building from the song’s start, the instruments seem to slowly gather and linger to then hit hard as ever in BABii’s in-your-face chorus. Polyrhythmic relationships between the song’s vocal melodies and instrumentals make for a fascinating and emotive evolution of the ‘Beast’. This bubbling sonic space mirrors the yearning feelings BABii suggests in her lyrics discussing distance and its push and pull side effects.

Being in “the belly of the beast” is emotionally confrontational and cathartic as BABii’s ‘Beast’ unravels and brings light to its true narrative. 


iii, the upcoming new EP from BABii, is out 27th March. Catch her live this week:

4th March – London, Lafayette supporting Grouplove
5th March – Newcastle, Cobalt

Jillian Goyeau

Photo Credit: Daisy Warne and Gus Sharpe

Track Of The Day: Farao – ‘The Ghost Ship’

“‘The Ghost Ship’ is about losing a sense of direction, your fate being driven by something out of your control” explains Kari Jahnsen, aka Farao. With her floaty electronic sounds and magnetic beats, it’s easy to get lost in the multi-instrumentalist’s brand new track.

Farao – originally from Norway, now residing in Berlin – has recently signed to Western Vinyl after releasing her debut album Till It’s All Forgotten, in 2015. The record earned praise from the likes of Pitchfork, The FADER, NPR Music, Noisey, Vanity Fair, Paste, Clash, and The Line Of Best Fit. She’s currently working on a new album, with more details to be released soon.

Talking about her new single ‘The Ghost Ship’, Farao continues: “[it’s about] seeing the end of a relationship as an empty vessel, floating endlessly and eternally into nothingness.” Despite the sad context, the single is a hopeful, upbeat offering. Listen to the track below and follow Farao on Facebook for more updates.

Photo credit: Kevin Bourland

Kate Crudgington