Back in January, Babeheaven played a hyped, hushed gig in London for DIY’s ‘Hello 2016’ nights. The West London group seemed to bring the winter fog inside, everything swarmed in a smoky cool. One thing stood out, even in those early days - their ability to flick a switch from smooth atmospherics into something substantial.
Nancy Anderson controls everything. Her voice isn’t quite fully soulful, nor does it deliver traditional notes. It sounds capable of being bellowed out at full power, but there’s a sense of control that allows it to float between Babeheaven’s gloomy synths.
‘Moving On’ finds Anderson in unparalleled form. As the song switches from marauding verses into punchy trip-hop - two vastly different styles - she finds a way to thread it together. Through the smoke and mirrors and the industry chat, there’s something genuinely special about this group.
Babeheaven will play Mirrors Festival (29th October), where DIY is an official media partner. Tickets are on sale now. Visit diymag.com/presents for more information.
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