Long Beach-based, Hawaiian native Lionel Boy washes our brains with delicate waves of smoky serotonins with his latest single “Mango Michelada.” Born out of booze and questionable Fabreze chemicals at a rehearsal space, “Mango Michelada” is the type of track that blurs the boundaries of spring and summer with its hazy atmosphere. You know it’s not summer yet, but “Mango Michelada” makes you feel like you’re sunbathing at a music festival in July. It’s exquisite, so take a sip:
“Last February, I moved into a rehearsal space in San Pedro,” shared Lionel Boy. “The space reeked of Fabreze and various chemicals they used to mask the smell of stale cigarettes. My drummer Jacqueline and I would mess around for hours in that space singing nonsense. At the time, we were in the habit of drinking Mango Micheladas at every session. On one of those days, we started out cracking jokes and ended up with a song we couldn’t stop working on. COVID-19 hit about a week later and I ended up having to move out of the studio, but we continued to work on this track throughout the pandemic.”
The track is from his upcoming debut self-titled album, which will be out on May 14th via Innovative Leisure.