BADBADBADNOTGOOD is the talented young quartet of Matthew Tavares on keys, Chester Hansen on bass, Alex Sowinski on drums & Leland Whitty on saxophone. They formed and became inseparable friends at Humber College's Music Performance program in 2011 and have been on a critically acclaimed, rule bending musical journey ever since. BBNG took the music world by storm with their 2014 LP, III, a brash yet refined record of angular jazz improvisations, lush ballads, kraut rock, & futuristic hip-hop tinged rhythms which led to a couple years of touring the world & collaborating with some of the best and brightest artists around the globe. The boys are back with the new album IV, their most impressive and highly anticipated project yet. IV continues their forward thinking progression, sounding something like a jam session in space between Can, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock's Headhunters, Weather Report, Arthur Russell & MF DOOM.With tracks like "Time Moves Slow" featuring haunting vocals from Sam Herring of Future Islands, the syncopated groove of "Lavender," a collaboration with Montreal based producer Kaytranada, the rumbling fusion build of "Confessions Pt. II" featuring Colin Stetson on the bass sax, "Love" which is highlighted with smokey left field raps from Mick Jenkins & the epic chords of "Speaking Gently," IV is an exploration in post-genre virtuosity. Out Summer 2016 on Innovative Leisure Records, BBNG prove yet again that the possibilities & discovery in their musical quest are infinite.
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Cold Busted returns to familiar label artist Poldoore to release the Belgium-based producer’s album, The Day Off. Poldoore’s sound is about good vibes, creating warm atmospheres that blend funk, soul, lounge, and reggae with punchy drum breaks. The Day Off also features some talented guests, including the mysterious Maverick, distinguished emcee Awon and DMC 2012 Team World Champion turntablist DJ Damented (of The Mixfitz), emcee duo The 49ers, American blues singer Bodhilynn, and trumpeter Will Magid. There’s plenty of highlights on the release: “Morning Glory” withits rocksteady beat, “Natural High” and its psychedelic vibe, “Unconditional” with its beefed up Motown-like feel, “Call It A Day”’s dreamy funk affair, and the reminiscing rhymes of Awon, a figure in the new emerging ‘jazz hop’ scene, flow rhythmically while DJ Damented’s scratch skills add a next level vocal chop to the beat on “Sweet Memories”. Deciding to include this one in the crate should be easy, much like the cut’s vibe. The Day Off is full of sonic sunshine, exactly the kind of weather fit for enjoying what little time there is for leisure and much appreciated in today’s music climate. Give this one a spin.
‘The Break of Dawn’, a full-length album from Japan’s Blue In Green, a composer and guitarist of Bossa Nova and Jazz, is a Downtempo soiree of Hip Hop and Jazz styles. ‘Rendezvous’ begins with the warm crackles of an analog record into beautiful piano scales, and Hip Hop beats at about 97BPM, with subtle bass, horns, cuts and melodic loops. ‘Voyage’ starts with a steady, often manipulated beat; more stunning piano along with Electric guitar riffs nicely compliment each other in a lighthearted rhythm. ‘Masquerade / The Night Watch’ features a rocking upright Bass, piano, sax, cymbal percussion and steady kick drum with relaxed undertones for a Jazzy, sexy, nostalgic and textured tune. ‘Take 3’ begins on a fly beat with an alert upright Bass, classic Hip Hop samples and trumpet snippets cut and scratched in and the low warm sounds of Tuba and organ notes. Ending with a Bonus Track is ‘Camellia’ a passionate song, a teasing piano solo and organ soulfully spilling emotions, an Electric Guitar taking the spotlight pleasingly inviting a close friendly dance. Other favorites on the 11-track album are Rainy Streets, MOTP and Get Back (To Soulful Music). An album with class, ease and the perfect soundtrack to a balmy beach or summer day, cultured with Hip Hop and Jazz elements ‘The Break of Dawn’ is an impressive debut.
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Rare Latin And African Grooves is the ultimate collection of rare gems packed into an 80 minute cassette. Paxico Records label head Chris Hound’s musical selections connect the dots between Latin, Afro, and beyond. This compilation is so good that we had to share. The cassette flows with blended, mixtape transitions between songs and features an unprecedented amount of rare tracks within. The album’s opener will inspire whole hearted anticipation of where the journey will take you. Like a domino effect, Chris Hound creates a classic mix tape with tracks that flow effortlessly one after another. Born and raised in Kansas, Chris Hound has made a name for himself in the music world over the years having played a crucial role in the now burgeoning DIY music scene of NYC.