Canadian quartet BadBadNotGood take on creating the ultimate “late night” selection of tracks from their record collections, set for release on 28th July 2017.
The original trio of Matthew Tavares, Alex Sowinski and Chester Hansen formed while studying music at Toronto’s Humber College (they’ve recently added Leland Whitty to the line-up). A shared appreciation of hip hop and instrumental covers of Gucci Mane and Earl Sweatshirt suggested a worldly outlook and reciprocated love from Tyler The Creator and Ghostface Killah, which whom they made 2015’s Sour Soul.
Their last album, the critically-acclaimed IV, turned heads and their collaborators continue to multiply: Snoop Dogg, Kaytranada and Kendrick Lamar among them. You can even hear little bits of BadBadNotGood through this mix, as though they are transmitting parts of themselves through the music they select. Perhaps the keys on Admas’ hilariously expensive ‘Anchi Bale Game’, maybe, or the arrangements on Delegation’s mighty Britsoul tune ‘Oh Honey’ or the groove from ‘Vida Antiga’, Erasmo Carlos’ Brazilian classic. As Janis almost sang, take another little piece of my art.
This is an international effort: Velly Joonas’ Estonian version of ‘Feel Like Makin’ Love’, Kiki Gyan, Admas and Francis Bebey representing Africa (Ghana, Ethiopia and Cameroon respectively), Les Prospection from France, Scots’ Boards Of Canada and fellow Canucks River Tiber and Charlotte Day Wilson.
Finally, there’s the no-small- matter of the Late Night Tales cover version, in which BadBadNotGood take on Andy Shauf’s ‘To You’ is turned into a mournful delight. while the Queen Of Siam herself, Lydia Lunch, delivers a sexual sermon involving only you, her and Jim Beam.
Badbad, indeed: so good they said it twice.
Release Date: 28/07/2017, Label: Late Night Tales
Boards Of Canada, “Olson”
Erasmo Carlos, “Vida Antiga”
Gene Williams, “Don’t Let Your Love Fade Away”
The Chosen Few, “People Make The World Go Round”
Esther Phillips, “Home Is Where the Hatred Is”
Delegation, “Oh Honey”
Velly Joonas, “Käes on aeg”
Stereolab, “The Flower Called Nowhere”
Kiki Gyan, “Disco Dancer”
Admas, “Anchi Bale Game”
Francis Bebey, “Sanza Nocturne”
Thundercat, “For Love I Come”
River Tiber, “West” [ft. Daniel Caesar]
Charlotte Day Wilson, “Work”
The Beach Boys, “Don’t Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder)”
Donnie & Joe Emerson, “Baby”
Les Prospection, “Lido”
Grady Tate, “And I Love Her”
BadBadNotGood, “To You” (Andy Shauf cover)
Steve Kuhn, “The Meaning Of Love”
Lydia Lunch: “You, Me and Jim Beam”
Today, BADBADNOTGOOD are sharing the video for “Lavender” from this year’s critically-acclaimed album IV via Nerdist. The Fantavious Fritz-directed visual for “Lavender” finds the band held captive and forced to play a deadly game of Dungeons & Dragons. The video, which features a cameo by track collaborator Kaytranada, is the perfect accompaniment to the dark and enigmatic song.
The release of the video comes as BADBADNOTGOOD approaches the close of a big year for the band — playing Coachella for the second year in a row, making their Japanese debut at this year’s Summer Sonic and releasing an album that saw BADBADNOTGOOD exploring new sonic terrain and expanding their songwriting to include collaborators such as Future Islands’ Samuel T. Herring, newcomer Charlotte Day Wilson, Arcade Fire and Bon Iver collaborator Colin Stetson, Chicago rapper Mick Jenkins, and widely-heralded Canadian producer Kaytranada.
Find the video for “Lavender” below and stay tuned for more BADBADNOTGOOD news soon.
After recently announcing their forthcoming album IV and sharing its lead single, featuring Samuel T. Herring, BADBADNOTGOOD are back to share a new Kaytranada-assisted album cut. “Lavender” picks up where BADBADNOTGOOD and Kaytranada left off with “Weight Off”, the BADBADNOTGOOD-featuring song from 99.9% and explores even more alien-sounding sonic terrain.
Speaking about the collaboration, BADBADNOTGOOD said, “We made Lavender amongst many other songs and samples with Kaytranada in our home studio ‘Studio 69’. Kay started the idea as a beat with our drum breaks and some synth melodies. Then we recut the drums and synth to formulate a song with more sections. Kay came back to Toronto and gave us that hot lead melody as well as percussion and we all finalized the arrangement. It’s an incredible honor to call Kay a close friend of ours; he is a talent like no other.”
Its release comes on the heels of BADBADNOTGOOD wrapping a run of North American tour dates, which was capped off by a performance at House of Vans in Brooklyn with DIIV and Sunflower Bean last week. Check out “Lavender” above now.
IV DUE OUT JULY 8TH VIA INNOVATIVE LEISURE.