Artist of the week: BADBADNOTGOOD

Artists of the week on Musikki – BADBADNOTGOOD

BADBADNOTGOOD are a Canadian jazz-funk combo from Toronto, Ontario, formed by Matthew Tavares on keys, Chester Hansen on bass, Leland Whitty on saxophone, and Alexander Sowinski on drums.

The band first gained notoriety with a viral video of them performing jazz interpolations of Odd Future songs that quickly caught the attention of Tyler, The Creator. Soon they would release not only a series of albums that mixed groovy originals with great covers of hip hop and indie classics as they would collaborate with the likes of Earl Sweatshirt, Frank Ocean, Danny Brown, Roy Ayers, and Ghostface Killah (with whom they would release Sour Soul in 2015).

IV, their recently released album, considerably expands their trademark sound, incorporating new electronic sounds, production tricks and even drum machines, making it sound sometimes as a 21st century jamming version of Jazz-fronting Krautrock. The guests all deliver the goods: from Samuel T. Herring (of Future Islands), to Colin Stetson, Kaytranada, Charlotte Day Wilson and Mick Jenkins, they all add new textures, dimensions and depths to their music.

João Pedro da Costa

João Pedro da Costa is a web studies scholar and a music fan.