TUNE LibraLibra - Loverboy (BABii Remix)
LibraLibra’s striking “Loverboy” single (produced by Idles producer SPACE) gets a punchy and bass-heavy remix from icy electronic pop producer BABii.
“It’s meant to sound like a double Dutch skipping competition in medieval times, and I miss Rustie”, says rising star BABii of her rework, which sees LibraLibra singer Beth Cannon’s gymnastic vocal refrains and staccato chanted phrases teased out among a forest of pulsating techno shards and experimental bass rumblings.
The perfect foil for LibraLibra’s arresting sound, BABii luxuriates in the space at the crossover of experimental and pop music, and has been making quite a mark as she gears up for the release of her own debut album (out July via Deathwaltz Originals), with radio support from the likes of Tom Robinson and Gemma Cairney (BBC 6Music), John Kennedy (Radio X) and BBC Introducing, to add to a spread of glowing press coverage.
LibraLibra are four renegades from Brighton, UK, who when combined are a force to be reckoned with. Exotic melodies and frenetic, lyrical flows meet tribal beats and broken guitars. There is an unease in each song that leaves you hanging on to vocalist Beth Cannon’s every inflection; each new chorus cementing the ambition and talent of this intriguing bunch. Their escapades across the last year have pricked up ears all over the place, leading SPACE to approach them about working on their latest single, “Loverboy”, which dropped in April.
“Loverboy” builds on LibraLibra’s first three singles ‘Animali’, ‘Tongues’ and ‘Skin and Bone’ which have gained heavy support including BBC Radio 1 Introducing, Amazing Radio, Radio X, The 405, Les InRocks and Get In Her Ears. The palpable early buzz for this band has been further stoked by live dates including appearances at Liverpool Sound City, the Great Escape, Bad Pond festival, Off the Record and London support for the legendary Psychic TV at a sold-out Heaven.
About the original version of “Loverboy”, Cannon says: ‘When I was younger I was told I ‘went off the rails’, when I was actually struggling with my mental health and had PTSD, but to everyone around me I was wild/a loose cannon, pardon the pun. This song harks back to young me getting drunk at parties, failing madly in love, fucking it up and being labelled a slut, failing hard again and not really knowing what to do with all the feelings, other than to keep getting fucked up and searching for that one.’
LibraLibra combines a melodic mastery akin to Asha Bhosle and the range of Mike Patton, with a lyrical flow that would leave MIA burned. The band create a unique cacophony of beautiful noise whilst never detracting from the catchy melodies and infectious beats that smack you right in the holes. This is the second LibraLibra remix to surface, following the rework of “Skin And Bone” by AK/DK.
Cannon’s vocal ability has received deserved accolade throughout her career with her command of script prompting comparisons to Kate Bush and Björk. Some may recognise her voice from Simon Raymonde’s Lost Horizons (Bella Union), where she wrote and performed on lead track ‘Bones’ and fronted the band throughout a summer of festivals including Green Man, End of the Road, Seachange, Kendal Calling, Bluedot and many more. While her powerful presence is unmistakable in everything she does, LibraLibra is a different beast and really showcases the direction Cannon is heading in – ultimately a more dark and twisted path. Fans of the B52s, The Knife and Fever Ray will find themselves in exciting new territory with LibraLibra.