“Make Me Wanna” Babeheaven

Northern Transmissions Song of the Day is “Make Me Wanna,” by Babeheaven featuring rapper Navy Blue
Northern Transmissions Song of the Day is “Make Me Wanna,” by Babeheaven

Babeheaven, have announced details of their second album release, Sink Into Me. The LP is due out on March 18 2022 via Believe Records. Ahead of the release, Babeheaven have shared the album track “Make Me Wanna,” featuring Brooklyn rapper Navy Blue.

The album follows the UK group’s 2020 debut album, Home For Now, reflects the disengagement that comes after years of uncertainty, stop/starts and disappointments. Babeheaven are a band guided by mood over messaging, and as such their music is imbued with feelings of loneliness and disconnection. But there’s a central tension on the album: there’s disillusionment but, at the same time, a yearning for growth and evolution. It explores love and loss – in Nancy’s case, the death of two close family friends within a year of each other – but also the very human desire for comfort and connection. Sink Into Me is a healing balm, something to hold you when everything else is chaotic. “It hugs you in,” summarises Nancy, “like a warm embrace.”

On Sink Into Me, the band has distilled their influences into a style that is distinctly, definitively Babeheaven. “It was a conscious decision to move away from being a trip-hop bedroom-pop band,” says Jamie. “We did that on the last album; now it was time to try something different.” While the trip-hop references still burble under the surface; they no longer dominate. And it no longer sounds like their music came to life on a laptop; it’s widescreen, leaning into guitars with a coruscating krautrock urgency, and shading in the grey between pop, R&B, indie and electronica. While it’s subtly anthemic in places, it does so without losing any of the intimacy that makes them so special, putting them on a par with bands like The XX. Babeheaven want to make cosy songs for the 4am cab ride home, or for bedding down in front of a log fire – you could go so far as to say they’re making chillout and easy listening cool again.

Sink Into Me, saw Babeheaven compose songs as a band in the studio together, along with Luca Mantero, Milo McGuire and Ned Smith, which ordinarily wouldn’t be unusual, but since they started has obviously been quite a challenge. “It was more organic,” says Jamie of the songwriting process, which happened fairly quickly, over six months in 2020. “It sounds ridiculous but we hadn’t been able to do that before.” Nancy’s songwriting has come into its own, too. On Sink Into Me, she’s never sounded better: her voice is siren-like, pulling you in with its sweetness when the undertow is gritty and dark. “We’re not trying to write hits,” says Jamie. “We’re trying to write good songs that people can connect with.”

Babeheaven
Believe
Track List

1. French One
2. The Hours
3. Holding On
4. Make Me Wanna
5. Don’t Wake Me
6. Fading
7. No Breakfast
8. Sink Into Me
9. Erase
10. Open Your Eyes

Babeheaven
2022 Tour Dates

April 15 2022 – Danforth Music Hall, Toronto, ON
April 16 2022 – Theatre Fairmount, Montreal, QC
April 18 2022 – Royale, Boston, MA
April 19 2022 – Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn, NY
April 20 2022 – Underground Arts, Philadelphia, PA
April 22 2022 – 9:30 Club, Washington, DC
April 23 2022 – Cat’s Cradle, Raleigh, NC
April 24 2022 – Variety Playhouse, Atlanta, GA
April 25 2022 – Mercy Lounge, Nashville, TN
April 27 2022 – Republic, New Orleans, LA

Pre-order Sink Into Me by Babeheaven HERE