IV (CD)


BadBadNotGood

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Amoeba Review

07/06/2016

BADBADNOTGOOD is a power quartet that keeps funky rhythms and fusion antics alive. Hailing from Toronto, their tracks pick up cues and styles straight from the breakbeat world of Herbie Hancock, Bennie Maupin, Weather Report, Return to Forever, and the freestyle energy of Miles Davis' electric period. After landing an atomic blast with their third album, appropriately titled III, and their Ghostface Killah collaboration, Sour Soul, IV finds the band at their most sophisticated and smooth, sounding like a lost link between antique soul jazz and the nostalgic beats of Madlib and MF Doom. Their playing is so tight and precise with drums so sharp you'd almost think it's a drum machine, and keyboards that feel as cosmic and spacey as The Headhunter's classic tracks like "Chameleon." "Speaking Gently" sounds right out of a J Dilla track with an obtuse key line by Matthew Tavares that is both archaic and strangely contemporary with an almost atonal quality. Suddenly, Alex Sowinsky plows through the track with polythmic drums that you almost have to catch up to. Then you're floored by a blast of John Coltrane trance-like energy as Leland Whitty's sax solo comes in like a loose spirit. "Lavender" featuring Kaytranada has the minimal groove that feels like it was pulled straight from a lost 45. Atmospheric electronic haze clouds around Chester Hansen's bass line, swaying along with a fierce intensity right out of a '60s Motown production. When soul and funk musicians today go for more electronic driven jams and beats, BADBADNOTGOOD's tracks sound so old fashioned that they stand out as new and fresh. Perfect funk for the after midnight crowd.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
And That, Too
BadBadNotGood 04:31
2.
Speaking Gently
BadBadNotGood 04:07
3.
Time Moves Slow
BadBadNotGood , Sam Herring 04:33
4.
Confessions Pt. II
BadBadNotGood , Colin Stetson 06:24
5.
Lavender
BadBadNotGood , KAYTRANADA 03:20
6.
Chompy's Paradise
BadBadNotGood 03:51
7.
IV
BadBadNotGood 06:59
8.
Hyssop Of Love
BadBadNotGood , Mick Jenkins 03:15
9.
Structure No. 3
BadBadNotGood 04:08
10.
In Your Eyes
BadBadNotGood , Charlotte Day Wilson 04:07
11.
Cashmere
BadBadNotGood 04:46

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