West-London five-piece Babeheaven were born out of a long-standing friendship between singer Nancy and guitarist Jamie, who started spending time together in earnest whilst working on the same street in Ladbroke Grove.
Musically, Babeheaven’s tastes were similarly neighbouring: bonding over a love of trip-hop, soul and ethereal electronics (everything from Portishead and James Blake to Stevie Wonder), a typical evening spent hanging out turned into an attempt to write a song together.
Joined by bandmates Harry (drums), Milo (keys/guitar) and Hugo (bass), the band have since performed at The Scala in London and sold out headline shows at Bush Hall, Jazz Cafe and Bussey Building. They’ve also toured as special guests of Loyle Carner, Cigarettes After Sex, Nilüfer Yanya and The Japanese House.
We asked Babeheaven to make us a playlist for the weekend. Tune in.
Watch the video for their latest track, Cassette Beat, below.
Bea1991 - My Own Heaven
Everything that Bea1991 releases I listen to I think she’s so cool. This song is one of my favourites, it’s like a lullaby lulling you into a meditation.
Simply Red - Holding Back The YearsIt turns out there’s more to Simply Red than Fairground. This one is a party ruiner, but also one to bring your friends together in the taxi home.
Novelist - Stay With Me
I first heard this song on the Four to The Floor Channel 4 TV show and literally fell in love. I DM’d Novelist begging him to release it (obviously he heard my call). It’s great.
Vegyn - Fake Life
This song develops in so many different ways. It’s nice listening to music that makes you feel like you’re on a journey.
Jockstrap - Hayley
I like the way Jockstrap can flit between two moods so quickly. I didn’t listen to the lyrics for ages then I heard what it was about and was like damn.
James Blake - Are You Even Real?I really like this song because it kind of sounds like Frank Ocean but it’s James Blake and I love his music too.
Boards of Canada - In A Beautiful Place Out In The Country
This one is a long zoning out song. It’s nice for walking around to or driving long journeys.
Björk - I Miss You (Dobie Rub Part One)
Ultimate summer banger. Put it on at the BBQ - it’s a feel good song and it does the job. You feel good.
Stereolab - Diagonals
Stereolab are so cool. I love the how rhythmic their music is and how the vocals float over it all.
CAN - Future Days (edit)
This one reminds me of long journeys back from Manchester in the back of the van. Drifting in and out of sleep with this song playing.