IV DUE OUT JULY 8 VIA ARTS & CRAFTS
WORLD TOUR DATES BEGIN JUNE 3
"kicking the jazz world's ass back into relevancy." - VICE
"a brash attitude and youthful energy winning out over technique." - NPR
"They deconstruct the four bar loops, understanding how to work crescendos by stretching out and reshaping the music into their own vision" - Huffington Post
"...even given the fairly proud lineage of wild musical juxtaposition, these kids are making waves." - The Guardian
PHOTO CREDIT : CONNOR OLTHUIS
BADBADNOTGOOD are proud to announce their fourth solo studio album, appropriately titled IV. Having already collaborated with Ghostface Killah on last year's critically-acclaimed Sour Soul, IV represents the first time that BADBADNOTGOOD have employed guest vocalists on one of their own albums. It also marks the official addition of longterm collaborator and touring partner Leland Whitty as a permanent member of the band. Despite appearances fromSamuel T. Herring (Future Islands), Chicago rapper Mick Jenkins, Colin Stetson (Arcade Fire, Bon Iver), Canadian producer-of-the-moment Kaytranada, and newcomer Charlotte Day Wilson, BADBADNOTGOOD's innovative and exploratory music is still at the forefront of what makes the album so special.
Debuting via Zane Lowe, BADBADNOTGOOD are sharing the first single from their album. Introducing "Time Moves Slow” (Ft. Samuel T. Herring), Lowe described the track as one of their best to date and called it "beautiful music".
Set for release on July 8 via Arts & Crafts, On IV BBNG decide to expand their universe, which was already one of the most compelling, labyrinthine worlds in pop music today. Saxophonist Leland Whitty, a long-time collaborator, joins Chester Hansen, Matthew Tavares, and Alexander Sowinski on a full-time basis and for the first time guest vocalists are welcomed into the fold. Some artists find collaboration stressful and cluttering, but BBNG simply seems freer to chase down creative rabbit holes than ever before.
The effect is apparent immediately. See "Lavender", a collaboration with the Montreal-based producer Kaytranada, which pairs delicate, skittering production with a punishing low end. Or take the virtuosic closer, which underscores superb performances by Whitty and Tavares with a grand swell of strings. On "Hyssop of Love", upstart Chicago rapper Mick Jenkins moves languidly, stretching out taunts ("I heard your plug was drrrrry") before he snaps upright ("Never needed no dollars to prove worth"). The result is not just BBNG's most expansive, most dynamic effort to date, but their best. Lest anyone think the group is only concerned with blurring genre lines, the title track alone is enough to ensure the most discerning jazz purists will have to respect BBNG's technical chops.
IV is a master class in mood. The opening three-song suite "And That, Too", "Speaking Gently", and the Samuel T. Herring-assisted "Time Moves Slow", is a slow, slinking creep, like moving uneasily through an abandoned house. And while BBNG explores different tones on subsequent tracks, that feeling--the search, the push for the unknown is the prevailing theme. "Chompy's Paradise" is peaceful and serene, but ends on an uncertain note, unresolved. Like most great artists before them, the quartet understands that it's more important to raise questions than to answer them.
Like musical theatre and scripted television, jazz and hip-hop are uniquely, undeniably North American art forms. Though the latter genre was born out of funk and disco in the late 1970s, many of its landmark artists embody the ethos of jazz: loose, visceral, instinctive. Some hip-hop acts - A Tribe Called Quest, or more recently Kendrick Lamar have successfully repurposed jazz, but the older genre has seldom made successful inroads into new generations of rap fans. And that's what makes BADBADNOTGOOD, the four-piece, Toronto-bred jazz outfit that has melded jazz and instrumental hip-hop into something elusive, something altogether their own, so unique.
IV - TRACKLIST
1. And That, Too
2. Speaking Gently
3. Time Moves Slow (Feat. Samuel T. Herring)
4. Confessions Pt. II (Feat. Colin Stetson)
5.. Lavender (Feat. Kaytranada)
6. Chompy's Paradise
8. Hyssop of Love (Feat. Mick Jenkins)
9. Stucture No. 3
10. In Your Eyes (Feat. Charlotte Day Wilson)
BBNG WORLD TOUR DATES
6/3 - Nelsonville, OH @ Nelsonville Music Fest
6/4 - Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
6/5 - Chicago, IL @ Do Division Street Fest
6/9 - Brooklyn, NY @ House Of Vans
6/17 - Ballinough Castle, IRE @ Body & Soul
6/18 - Barcelona, SP @ Sonar Festival
6/19 - Hilvarenbeek, NL @ Best Kept Secret Festival
6/21 - Luxemburg, LX @ Rotondes
6/23 - Tel Aviv, ISR @ Barby
6/24 - Luzern, CH @ Sudpol
6/27 - London, UK @ Village Underground
6/28 - Paris, FR @ Trabendo
7/1 - Roskilde, DK @ Roskilde Festival
7/2 - Werchter, BE @ Rock Werchter
7/3 - Timisoara, RO @ JazzTM
7/23 - Oro-Medonte, ON @ WayHome Festival
8/5 - Buena Vista, CO @ Vertex Festival
8/6 - Happy Valley, OR @ Pickathon