Lion Babe is quite the duo. Consisting of sassy, lion-maned songstress Jillian Hervey (daughter of Vanessa Williams) and producer Lucas Goodman, the group boasts a unique, appealing chemistry. It shines through in the new video for “Jump Hi,” a danceable track that features Childish Gambino. In the clip, which was co-directed by Lion Babe and Kate Moross, Hervey and Goodman frolic around their home base, New York City, playing basketball and challenging each other to jumping contests (hence the name of the song). Hervey’s brassy vocals and eccentric aesthetic (e.g., the colossal amount of hair that bounces atop her head) paired with a leather-wearing, shyer-seeming, beat-making dude is what establishes the contrast that gives Lion Babe their appeal. Hervey is the face, the attitude, the lion of Lion Babe, while Goodman’s smart production bolsters the pair’s rhythmic infrastructure. Check out the video below.
You can purchase the song here. Lion Babe’s Jump Hi EP is out soon on Outsiders/Polydor.