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August 17, 2020


Coming together through a mutual appreciation of psychedelic jazz and latin funk, Baby Vanga started jamming together in late 2018.

Originally a five piece, the band evolved after an unfortunate moped accident, which saw the group enlisting a temporary replacement drummer, who’s additional percussion grooves have since become indispensable. With a couple of tasty singles under their collective belt, including last year’s ‘Exotic Fruit’ and ‘Tangerine Daydream’, the self-described neo-psych outfit caught the attention of South Coast tastemakers Strong Island Recordings, who’ve released early output from Rosie Alena, Ugly, Los Bitchos and Sleep Eaters to name a few. 

New single ‘Electric Air’ expands on Baby Vanga’s eclectic sonic palette combining wobbly tremolo-ed guitars with percussive wah’s, light-as-a-feather flute work and world-y beats. Channelling elements of King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard and Babe Rainbow’s more relaxing offerings, ‘Electric Air’ lives up to its namesake with a breeziness that makes you want to close your eyes and drift away on an inflatable rubber ring, whilst sipping on a Piña Colada. Providing a hell of a lot of escapism over its relatively short duration, ‘Electric Air’ is the ultimate staycation tune.  

With “Electric Air‘, Baby Vanga have created an aura oozing with 60s, early 70s psychedelic vibes. The rhythm of this track infects the audience whilst the psych-jazz tendencies flirt with the melody and the expansive atmosphere throughout. Baby Vanga provide lustrous and soothing vocals effortlessly relaying their captivating lyrics, this fused with their dynamic instrumentation provides a fun and refreshing listen. Easily the most engaging, charming summer soundtrack yet.

Baby Vanga explain:
‘Electric Air’ is a brief exploration into the endless journey of finding purpose within actions, yet being aware of the beauty in the actions themselves. Reflecting this is the insecure effect of theodd time enclosed by entwining genres, that’s contrasted by lighthearted melodies and the overall optimism the song tries to illustrate. It was written and recorded at my home studio in South London, where various iterations of the song were probed, leading to the final version that’ll hopefully fill your ears with delight.”

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