BADBADNOTGOOD is going places. When we first heard of them three years ago, they were a relatively unknown band from Toronto doing Odd Future covers. I remember discussing with Anthony whether they were good enough to be featured on the website. But since then, things have changed. BADBADNOTGOOD has released three solid albums, has toured the world, has collaborated with a plethora of famous artists and has amassed 74,000 Facebook likes and 36,000 Twitter followers. The controversy has been put to rest. BADBADNOTGOOD is a truly talented band. For their fourth opus, Sour Soul, the band has teamed up with none other than Ghostface Killah. We look forward to this blend of rap and jazz to be release February 24th. In the mean time, check out the official video for “Ray Gun” by BADBADNOTGOOD, Ghostface Killah and featuring DOOM, below the jump.
The world got a nice surprise this morning with a new song from BADBADNOTGOOD. The compositional and technical maturity keyboardist Matty Tavares, bassist Chester Hansen, and drummer Alex Sowinski have shown over the last few years, particularly in their latest release, III, from earlier this year, this new song feels so much like it's out of something from the CTI catalog. If you're already cool with these guys, it's a sign the're still climbing new heights, but if you're one of those who still wonder what's the deal with these guys, this track may be the one to prove they deserve all the praise they've gotten and they're still living up to it. Check out the stream after the jump.
Simon Rentner spent some time talking with the guys in BADBADNOTGOOD recently at the Montreal Jazz Fest on WBGO's The Checkout. Head on over to hear a discussion of how the band has grown and evolved over the years, plus some discussion of "Electric Relaxation" (though I might add that "Electric Relaxation" relies on a sample of Ronnie Foster's "Mystic Brew", which has also been added recently to the end of "Boogie Woogie Stomp" by Robert Glasper and Jason Moran) and "Flashing Lights" and their various inspirations. They talk about their experience working with some hip-hop royalty and include a bit of their work with Ghostface Killah. Well worth listening if you've got any interest in BBNG or if you really want to finally hear what the big deal is.
Also, a reminder that BBNG's III recently came out-- check it out after the jump.
There's been a longer wait between BBNG2 and III. In the two years between the release of their last self-produced and promoted album and their first release on a label, keyboardist Matt Tavares, bassist Chester Hansen, and drummer Alex Sowinski moved their whole operation from Sowinski's dad's basement into a studio space they built themselves, signed to the young aforereferenced label Innovative Leisure, toured the globe a bit, and continued to approach their being a band with workmanlike intensity. As these young men have grown as musicians, they continued to show the results in their releases, each album stronger than the last (and also sort of reminding the jazz cognoscenti not to be so overbearing on what can objectively be called a band's early work). In their first official album, the trio have released their most polished and jazz-influenced record yet.
We try not to veer too far outside format when it comes to Nextbop @ AoC but we'll make an exception every now and again for BBNG. Today, our boys from Canada have finally released III, their third album, their first on a label-- Innovative Leisure. We'll have a review of the album on the site later this week but in the meantime to gear you up for it, the guys just dropped their remix of Freddie Gibbs & Madlib's "Shame" off their recent, much hyped release, Piñata. Give it a spin after the jump and sure to cop III out now on Innovative Leisure.