January 14, 2014

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Signed to the 95 percent free-throw shooting imprint Innovative Leisuire, BADBADNOTGOOD continue their impressive evolution. If you’ve been following the inscrutable jazz-hop fusion crew for a while, you might be floored by their growth from “Lemonade” and OF covers. They always had chops, but now they’ve learned the sneaky skills that separate good from great: atmosphere, dynamics, pacing, structure, the element of surprise.

This is the first gem dropped from III, their forthcoming full-length on the LA label. As Alex Steady Bloggin pointed out earlier: “it’s a shame they often get lumped in with people making fairly generic instrumental hip-hop and “beat tapes.” They’re way above that, on the same shelf with Menahan Street Band and Heliocentrics. And I’m glad they’re moving away from the rap covers, which ends up schticky if that’s your whole repertoire.” This is almost orchestra-ready, which suggests a lot of room left for growth for the Toronto crew, including but not limited to, partial ownership of the Raptors.