Album Review: BABii - HiiDE
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Album Art 'HiiDE' (2019)
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'VOLCANO' moves into an obviously more tropical house inspired vibe - the kind of vibe that Jamie xx crafts so well. It swirls in and out of consciousness, as BABii sings, “Let me tear through you”, in a sugar-coated rage. These contradictory and interacting feelings emerge as the album shifts into a higher state and BABii analyses her own emotions from a higher perspective, blanketed by hedonistic electronica.
'POiiSiN' enters like a pebble dropping into a remote lake, echoing vocals compliment the reflexive lyrics, which explore the throes of a toxic relationship. Final track S'EiiZURE' is what you may find reverberating from the speaker at a 2 am warehouse event, yet could easily be imagined to feature on a Samsung Galaxy advert. It’s forward-thinking, but not too alienating to be inaccessible. Again the fragile vocals work through a timeline of discovery of identity, “I dreamt of how disposable you made me feel when we were one”. Although her lyrical content can be obscured by the instrumentation, BABii's confessional moments can be incredibly introspective.
BABii is very much a product of Gen Z (her Twitter name is BABii_mp3 - need I say any more) yet she embraces the prevailing textures of modern and retro electronica, to put out an album on which is she is the embodiment of exciting new female artists in 2019. Although most will have known her for her appearance on Iglooghost’s track 'Shrine Hacker', HiiDE contrary to its name is ready to thrust the Margate artist into the foreground.
HiiDE is out on the 5th July via Deathwaltz Originals
Lead Image Credit: Album Art 'HiiDE' (2019)