Whip It Baby!

by Lovewhip

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Lovewhip's debut album!


"Whip it Baby" is so great, I've been listening to it nonstop since I got it!

-Daisy Larom


Great Stuff! You'll love it! Great Band! Erin Harpe sings like an angel!

-John Mooney


Boston's Lovewhip dedicate themselves to finding the spot where African, Jamaican and Latin music meet for dancing and drinks on their album Whip It Baby! With bouncy African juju music as the stylistic base, the band adds elements of ska, dancehall and Afro-Cuban dance musics into a stew whose aroma is irresistible to anyone with a taste for music outside that box labeled "safe, homogenized pop."
For fans of: Paul Simon's Graceland, King Sunny Ade, Ozomatli.

-Michael Tolland - High Bias


With Erin Harpe's bluesy vocals, and touches of ska, Latin, and dancehall in the mix, Lovewhip's juju is a joyous frenzy that does not encourage sitting still.

-Jonathan Ruhe, Digital City Boston


The bomb baby! Erins voice is so hot and the instrumentals rock. the way you guys bring it all together is off the hook.

-Amy Laurent


Lovewhip is an excellent companion to a summers day. By now borrowed grooves from Africa are nothing new and if anything the ante has been upped. Lovewhip has taken liberal doses of juju music and used it as an engine to drive a train full of good old Americana down the line. I heard a distinctive early rock and roll mixed with the freewheeling backbeat. Vocalist Erin Harpe would sound at home singing the blues or country. Lovewhip's music also features a much wider range of tempos and melodies than its cousin ska offers. It's a unique sounding album and worth hearing. With all the various groups who have sampled from the land of Africa, Lovewhip can lay claim to a singular sound and that's something special.

-Kevin Slick, Gajoob Magazine


There is just something about the sound that is brought together by combining horns and guitars that makes music so happy and enjoyable. Top it off with great vocals and a smooth arrangement and you have Lovewhip. Their world pop sound incorporates jazz, reggae, ska, and great musicianship to create a great sound and excellent collection of songs. "Whip it Baby!" is a well written album that contains eight excellent tracks, each one with a style and texture that is unmatched by anyone I've heard. Erin Harpe has one of the best sounding voices in music and I believe could sing just about anything and make it sound exceptional. Every track on the CD is worth mentioning, but the songs that are sticking in my head right now are 'No More You,' 'Come Down J.J.' and 'Bodega, My Son.' These songs have that uplifting groove that is pure excitement. Each song on the album gives the listener the image of a great party-like atmosphere. I was very pleased with this CD and really can't wait to hear it again. I haven't been this excited about a CD or band in a long time. Lovewhip creates great music, it's that simple.

-Michael Allison


A sassy and bold album complete with a salsa and ska sound that at times is remniscent of Blondie and others including the Talking Heads, but all in all a completely unique sound for Lovewhip. Up-tempo tunes carry you through movers such as Rudies In Stereo, Nairobi and I Don't Care to close out the album. The trumpets and brass causes the groove along with a reggae/salsa rhythm.

-Grassroots Entertainment


It would be too easy to say that Lovewhip is a ska band, or a reggae band, or a soukous band, or a Carribean band, or a dancehall band. Their complex, island-inflected rhythms combine and clash so recklessly with salsa guitars, a chewy horn section, relentless percussives, and Erin Harpe’s downright, deliberate, lounge-lizard vocal approach, that it makes my head spin. I can count bands that evoke this kind of sound on one foot and Lovewhip’s latest cd, "Whip It Baby!", will take you to island ecstasy faster than 100 proof Captain Morgan’s sipped from a coconut. Lovewhip is Club Med for the soul. Yeah!!!

-Joel Simches, Noise Magazine


What does Lovewhip do? They blend African juju music, dancehall swing jazz and good old-fashioned rock and roll. And understand that this isn't some Berklee student band that's just been listening to a lot of Phish and King Sunny Ade. Instead Lovewhip pulls off this music combination with sincerity and humor not pretension.

-Jeff Burke


Great World Pop debut from Lovewhip: "Whip It Baby!" Lovewhip's sound is heavy on the calypso, reggae and island percussion. The songs are driven by great female vocals and strong guitar.

-Grant Thayer, Bostonska.com



released May 1, 2000

Erin Harpe - vocals, solo guitar, rhythm guitar
Jim Countryman - bass
Jesse Ryan - backing vocals, lead and rhythm guitar
Steve Goldmann - backing vocals, congas, talking drum, bells
Nick Sowles - drums
Kevin Leppman - trombone, trumpet

Recorded by Tom Waltz and Nick Lee at Waltz Audio, Boston , MA.
Engineered by Nick Lee.
Produced by Jim Countryman and Erin Harpe.
Mixed by Shaun Wolf Wortis and Ducky Carlisle at Room 9 from Outer Space in Boston MA.
Mastered by Dave Locke at 9 West in Marlboro MA.

Front album cover print by Tom Loring.
Design by Erin Harpe.
Released in May 2000.
Songs by Lovewhip.



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Lovewhip Boston

Lead by singer/guitarist Empress Erin, Lovewhip plays psychedelic electro rock, featuring Jim Countryman on bass, Matt Cat on electro harmonica and Pariah Beats on drums. The Boston Award-Winning band's been called “a mash up of all the world's most danceable music, from electro to Afro-beat, to reggaeton and post-punk” (Weekly Dig), and “more fun than a truckload of Cyndi Laupers!” (Press Herald) ... more

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