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BADBADNOTGOOD - "Velvet" (Stream)

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris@nextbop.com / @i_ADH

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.

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BBNG on WBGO's The Checkout

Ben Gray
Contributing Writer
bengray417@gmail.com

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.

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BADBADNOTGOOD - 'III'

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris@nextbop.com / @i_ADH

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.

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Freddie Gibbs & Madlib's "Shame" Remixed by BADBADNOTGOOD (Download)

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris@nextbop.com / @i_ADH

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.

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BADBADNOTGOOD - "Sustain" (Stream)

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris@nextbop.com / @i_ADH

At the rate these guys are dropping songs lately, one would think they've got an album coming out soon or something. They guys of BBNG have released yet another song soon to appear on their upcoming release, III, called "Sustain". Today, the trio of Matt Tavares on keys, Chester Hansen on bass, and Alex Sowinski on drums are revving up for the second half of their South by SouthWest experience by playing the Nextbop/Art of Cool Jazz for the Masses Party today at 2:20pm at El Sapo on 1900 Manor Rd. It's a free, all ages, no muss, no fuss event that you should definitely roll through for. Otherwise, if you're in Austin this week check them out at any of their other shows or on their upcoming European tour this spring.