Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Beats, Rhythms & Life: BADBADNOTGOOD - "CS60" (III, Innovative Leisure)

Following a steady stream of FREE-releases and countless Hip-Hop covers, Canadian Jazz trio BADBADNOTGOOD (BBNG) are finally gearing up to release their first label-backed album, III for Innovative Leisure. I think it's pretty safe to say that Chester Hansen, Alex Sowinski & Matt Tavares have progressed leaps and bounds since their early days of covering Odd Future and Waka Flocka Flame album tracks; instead, now penning their own original tracks with a definitive Hip-Hop-like edge. BADBADNOTGOOD's most recently released track, "CS60," seemingly pronounced "sexy," is a slightly darker 7-minute Jazz piece, which Complex vaguely confirms will indeed appear within III. Wu-Tang Clan-affiliated producer Frank Dukes and multi-instrumentalist River Tiber (cello) lent some additional recording assistance, perhaps outside of BBNG's typical cannon of knowledge. "CS60" seems to mark a new Jazzier and dare I say, more "adult contemporary" direction for the three classically trained Jazz musicians, who's fan-base now includes a bunch of impressionable young Hip-Hop & Jazz-informed teenagers. III will supposedly include both "CS60" and another recent track, "Hedron" is rumored to see a CD, vinyl, etc. release sometime this year on Los Angeles-based imprint, Innovative Leisure; a recent Facebook post claims that "2014 IS GOING TO BE VERY BASED WITH THAT NEW ALBUM [III] AND SOME OTHER RELEASES..." The bulk of BADBADNOTGOOD's roughly 60-track discography is still available for download online through their Bandcamp page and various file-sharing sites.

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