There’s an almost edutainment aspect to BADBADNOTGOOD, the way their tracks retrofit rap beats and blog hits into jazz medleys, and renders what initially seems like huge gaps between genre and history into one liminal space. And it seems to be working. Just check out their shows. It’s a surreal thing watching 13 year olds mosh to jazz, unwittingly opening their brains to new sounds, even if they think it’s just a crazy cover of Waka Flocka’s “Hard In Da Paint.”
But it’s harder to imagine the crowd reacting similarly for “CS60,” an original composition from the Toronto trio that fits perfectly in a post-Yeezus world. It’s unmistakably darker, and unmistakably a progression, opening with some strings on some Stars of the Lid tip, then into a series of anxiously chirping chords and huge Mike Will-style 808s that relieve the tension every time they’re triggered. It closes the way it started: cinematic, brooding, and firmly established in a new and intriguing chapter.
BADBADNOTGOOD’s new album III is out soon on Innovative Leisure.