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Talk Memory

    BADBADNOTGOOD return with their highly anticipated new album, Talk Memory, a psychedelic jazz record that explores balance and harmony through musical improvisation. Collaborators include legendary composer Arthur Verocai and contemporary icons such as Terrace Martin, Karriem Riggins and Laraaji.

    TRACK LISTING

    1. Signal From The Noise
    2. Unfolding (Momentum 73) Featuring Laraajii
    3. City Of Mirrors Featuring Arthur Verocai
    4. Beside April Featuring Karriem Riggins, Arthur Verocai
    5. Love Proceeding Featuring Arthur Verocai
    6. Open Channels (physical Only)
    7. Timid, Intimidating
    8. Beside April (Reprise) Featuring Arthur Verocai
    9. Talk Meaning Featuring Arthur Verocai, Terrace Martin And Brandee Younger

    BADBADNOTGOOD / Majestics

    Key To Love (Is Understanding)

      The latest installment of Light In The Attic’s exclusive vinyl and digital singles series features Toronto’s BADBADNOTGOOD with Jonah Yano on vocals covering “Key To Love (Is Understanding),” originally recorded in 1982 by Milwaukee’s funk/soul pioneers Majestics. The newly recorded cover and the original version are available for streaming and on “Majestic Pink” 7” vinyl.
      “As lovers of old soul, funk and rare recordings, ‘Key to Love’ has always been a song that has had an impact on our heart and ears,” BADBADNOTGOOD said. “We hope our version relays how special this song is and gives it some new listeners and a second life […] It’s an incredibly beautiful song that deserves to be heard, and we hope to play a small part in that.”

      The original Majestics single is highly sought after by diggers and DJs worldwide not only for “Key To Love (Is Understanding) but also for ”Class A”, which is considered the first-ever rap recording to come out of Milwaukee.

      “It is a pleasant surprise,” Donald Cooper of Majestics said upon hearing BADBADNOTGOOD’s version of the song. “They did a good job and it was well done with their own slight personal twist […] [it’s] an honor to be recognized."

      The single follows Mac DeMarco’s cover of Haruomi Hosono’s “Honey Moon” in the series, which features artwork conceptualized by Los Angeles-based fine artist Robbie Simon. These tunes come on the heels of widely popular past entries in the series, including pop-auteur Ariel Pink with future-funk pioneer Dâm Funk covering Donnie & Joe Emerson’s eternal anthem “Baby,” the inimitable Mark Lanegan covering the melancholy folk of Karen Dalton, and the one-and-only Iggy Pop with the Zig Zags transforming Betty Davis’ dirty funk into a heavy Sabbath grind.


      TRACK LISTING

      Badbadnotgood - Key To Love 
      The Majestics - Key To Love

      Matthew Tavares & Leland Whitty (BADBADNOTGOOD)

      Visions

        ‘Visions’ is a new collaborative album from BADBADNOTGOOD co-founders, Matthew Tavares and Leland Whitty. The Grammy Award winning, multi-platinum producers have been performing and writing music together for 10 years. They have achieved international acclaim with BADBADNOTGOOD and Tavares’ recent solo single ’Self-Portrait’ has been championed by tastemakers such as Gilles Peterson and Benji B. ‘Visions’ is the latest upshot of their incredibly fruitful partnership.

        Recorded in Toronto, it was produced by Tavares and Whitty - with Tavares also mixing the album and arranging strings. After a three-week writing period it was played in its entirety in one continuous studio session; almost all the tracks on the album are the first take. Tavares is on piano and guitar, Whitty on saxophone and flute. The rhythm section of Julian Anderson-Bowes on bass and Matthew Chalmers on drums completes the players. They make an impressive collective and are performing at the peak of their powers.

        Conceptually the album is a canvas for a combination of composition and group free-form improvisation. Tavares and Whitty are the sole composers, but with some tracks collectively improvised, there is also a group dynamic running through the album. The outcome is a sublime melting pot of modern jazz, impressionist classical music and Arthur Verocai-esque arrangements. It is a sound that is hard to date; it is certainly of the now but is also reminiscent of a lost classic. Similar to the process of its creation, the optimal listening experience for ‘Visions’ is in its entirety. As a coherent body of work it draws the listener in with waves of intensity and crescendos that release back into tranquility - there is both darkness and light in the album’s narrative arc. There is also rawness and honesty to the music, which makes it feel like an intensely personal and intimate offering.

        TRACK LISTING

        Through The Looking Glass
        Woah
        Blue
        Symbols Of Transformation
        Visions Of You
        Eyes
        Awakenings
        Heat Of The Moon
        Black Magic
        Symbols Of Transformation II
        Living Water Assembly 

        BADBADNOTGOOD X Little Dragon

        Tried

          Canadian Jazz group BADBADNOTGOOD unite with Swedish electronic band Little Dragon for their beautiful and melancholic single, Tried.The single follows a myriad of successful collaborations from BADBADNOTGOOD with Kendrick Lamar, Kali Uchis, Snoop Dogg, Thundercat, Kaytranada, Charlotte Day Wilson and Sam Herring (Future Islands) and Little Dragon’s 2018 “Lover Chanting” EP.

          STAFF COMMENTS

          Millie says: BADBADNOTGOOD's new collaboration with Little Dragon demonstrates their mellow side of beautifully slowed-down jazz rhythm, matched with the sweet vocals of Little Dragon is a heavenly retreat for the ears.

          TRACK LISTING

          A1. Tried
          B1. Tried (Instrumental)

          Canadian quartet BADBADNOTGOOD take on creating the ultimate “late night” selection of tracks from their record collections. 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.

          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.

          “We were really excited to have the chance to put together a Late Night Tales compilation, it’s a great organisation. We decided to use it as a vehicle to show everyone all the amazing music we have gotten to experience by touring and meeting new people. Every track on this comp was either shown to us by an incredible person or made by one of our friends. We also included a little cover of a song by one of our favourite current musicians, Andy Shauf.

          These artists, as well as many, many others, have infuenced us to create and kept our deep love of music alive. This mix will keep you company on a quiet night by yourself or with friends. You can check it out on the plane, the bus, a long walk, or any situation where you want a soundtrack for reflection and meditation.” - BADBADNOTGOOD May 2017

          STAFF COMMENTS

          Patrick says: Given their ardent love of the hippidy hop, I was half expecting a baked set of golden age head nodders here, but instead the peerless modern jazz ensemble offer up a gorgeous stroll through cinematic soul, soft focus pop and gems mined from all over the globe on this excellent addition to the Late Night Tales catalogue. Watch out for the Steve Kuhn cut - that shizzle could bring a tear to a glass eye!

          TRACK LISTING

          CD - Mixed
          1. Boards Of Canada - Olson
          2. Erasmo Carlos - Vida Antiga
          3. Gene Williams - Don't Let Your Love Fade Away
          4. The Chosen Few - People Make The World Go Round
          5. Esther Phillips - Home Is Where The Hatred Is
          6. Delegation - Oh Honey
          7. Velly Joonas - Kaes On Aeg
          8. Stereolab - The Flower Called Nowhere
          9. Kiki Gyan - Disco Dancer
          10. Admas Anchi - Bale Game
          11. Francis Bebey - Sanza Nocturne
          12. Thundercat - For Love I Come
          13. River Tiber Ft Daniel Caesar - West
          14. Charlotte Day Wilson - Work
          15. The Beach Boys - Don't Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder)
          16. Donnie & Joe Emerson - Baby
          17. Les Prospection - Lido
          18. Grady Tate - And I Love Her
          19. BADBADNOTGOOD - To You (Exclusive Andy Shauf Cover Version)
          20. Steve Kuhn - The Meaning Of Love
          21. Lydia Lunch - You, Me And Jim Beam (Exclusive Spoken Word Piece)

          LP
          A Side:

          A1 Boards Of Canada - Olson
          A2 Erasmo Carlos - Vida Antiga
          A3 Gene Williams - Don’t Let Your Love Fade Away
          A4 The Chosen Few – People Make The World Go Round
          A5 Esther Phillips - Home Is Where The Hatred Is
          A6 Delegation – Oh Honey

          B Side
          B1 Velly Joonas - Käes On Aeg
          B2 Stereolab – The Flower Called Nowhere
          B3 Kiki Gyan – Disco Dancer
          B4 Admas – Anchi Bale Game

          C Side:
          C1 Francis Bebey – Sanza Nocturne
          C2 Thundercat - For Love I Come
          C3 River Tiber Ft. Daniel Caesar – West
          C4 Charlotte Day Wilson – Work
          C5 The Beach Boys - Don't Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder)
          C6 Donnie & Joe Emerson – Baby

          D Side:
          D1 Les Prospections – Lido
          D2 Grady Tate – And I Love Her
          D3 Badbadnotgood – To You
          (Exclusive Andy Shauf Cover Version)
          D4 Steve Kuhn – The Meaning Of Love
          D5 Lydia Lunch - You, Me And Jim Beam (Exclusive Spoken Word Piece)

          Badbadnotgood

          Lavendar (Night Fall Remix) Feat. Kaytranada And Snoop Dogg

            In October 2016, Snoop Dogg took to Instagram to preview a new song that includes a sample of BADBADNOTGOOD's "Lavender" featuring their fellow Canadian beatsmith, Kaytranada. The internet pounced on the track that addresses the police killings of black men in the United States, with coverage from Fader and Fact Magazine to Complex, XXL Mag and Pitchfork and more. Now Snoop Dogg's long-awaited Nightfall Remix is being released on BADBADNOTGOOD's LA based label Innovative Leisure. The satirical video for the track drew the ire of US President Donald Trump, who complained on twitter about Snoop Dogg’s “failing career”, and threatened him with jail time.

            STAFF COMMENTS

            Millie says: Possibly the best combination of artists on this 12" release, Badbad, Snoopy and Kaytranada. The dream team. Lavender was one of my favourite songs off the IV album so this is a clear winner, that baseline I could listen to for days, politically charged and brilliant lyrically - this is a good un'!

            BadBadNotGood 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, krautrock and futuristic hip-hop tinged rhythms which led to a couple years of touring the world and 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 and 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 and the epic chords of "Speaking Gently", 'IV' is an exploration in post-genre virtuosity.

            STAFF COMMENTS

            Ryan says: These guys never cease to amaze me, whilst also making me wish I'd have stuck it out at music school and studied Jazz. I can't get enough of this one, the production is perfect and they couldn't have chosen better people to collaborate with.

            TRACK LISTING

            1: And That, Too
            2: Speaking Gently
            3: Time Moves Slow Feat. Samuel T. Herring (Future Islands)
            4: Confessions Pt Ii Feat. Colin Stetson
            5: Lavender Feat. Kaytranada
            6: Chompy's Paradise
            7: Iv
            8: Hyssop Of Love Feat. Mick Jenkins
            9: Structure No. 3
            10: In Your Eyes Feat. Charlotte Day Wilson
            11: Cashmere

            BadBadNotGood is a young supremely talented trio of musicians made up of Matthew Tavares on keys, Chester Hansen on bass, and Alex Sowinski on drums. Since their inception at Humber College’s Music Performance program in 2011, the three have challenged the rule book on improvised instrumental music and taken jazz tradition into the future.

            With early champions including acclaimed BBC broadcaster Gilles Peterson and Tyler, The Creator who helped fuel their discovery with a series of live jams that instantly went viral and dubbed them the “Odd Trio”, the band released their first EP BBNG in June 2011 to wide praise. The marriage of jazz virtuosity and hip hop source material offered a fresh take on the traditional “standard” applied to hip hop classics by taking on choice cuts from the golden era rap cannon and writing inspired arrangements for them instead of one-dimensional covers.

            Now, the inseparable friends are prepping to release their biggest project to dateIII on prodigious young label Innovative Leisure, a highly-anticipated project ushering in the group’s newest explorations which are proving to be limitless.

            TRACK LISTING

            1. Triangle
            2. Can’t Leave The Night
            3. Confessions (feat. Leland Witty)
            4. Kaleidoscope
            5. Eyes Closed
            6. Hedron
            7. Differently, Still
            8. Since You Asked Kindly
            9. CS60




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