Album of the Day: Badbadnotgood’s IV - sticky, intricate, meticulous

Thu, Jul 14, 2016, 11:50




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Badbadnotgood’s adventures in sound have been ones to note. Between their three albums to date and collaborations with the likes of Ghostface Killah (last year’s Wu-enhanced Sour Soul album did much for the stock of both parties), the Toronto crew have accumulated much acclaim.

On IV, their sticky, intricate, meticulous and shapely blend of jazz, hip-hop and electronica seems more finely tuned than before, as if a lot of touring has added considerable muscle to their playing.

There are also guests on the cast list too with Colin Stetson, Future Islands’ Sam Herring and Kaytranada all onboard. The latter has a turn on album highlight Lavender, a track where the boom and the thump of the bass creates exciting possibilities. Elsewhere, the title track, Confessions Pt II with Stetson blowing up a storm and the shimmering Time Moves Slow with Herring demonstrate the band’s striking versatility.