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staticwire | April 3, 2024

BadBadNotGood’s second album, “BBNG2”, is a wild ride through the realms of jazz, hip-hop, and electronic music. The Toronto-based trio of Matthew A. Tavares, Chester Hansen, and Alexander Sowinski showcase their musical prowess with this self-released project, recorded at Revolution Recording in 2012. The production is top-notch, thanks to the band’s own efforts as producers, and the album features a stellar lineup of musicians contributing to its unique sound.

The personnel on “BBNG2” includes Tavares on piano, electric piano, synthesizer, and arrangements, Hansen on acoustic and electric bass, Sowinski on drums and sampler, Luan Phung on electric guitar, and Leland Whitty on saxophone. With engineers like Jack Clow and Matt MacNeill ensuring a polished finish, and artwork by Connor Olthuis and Sam Zaret, the album is a complete sensory experience.

The track listing on “BBNG2” is a well-curated selection of original compositions and inventive covers, showcasing the band’s ability to seamlessly blend genres and make each track their own. From the opening track “Earl” featuring Thebe Neruda Kgositsile’s unique flow to the hauntingly beautiful rendition of James Blake’s “CMYK”, each song on the album is a standout in its own right.

Standout tracks include the mesmerizing “Limit to Your Love”, originally by Leslie Feist, which showcases the band’s ability to reimagine a pop hit in their own jazz-infused style. The medley of “Bastard / Lemonade” by Tyler Gregory Okonma is a high-energy romp through hip-hop influences, while “Flashing Light” by Kanye West is a soulful interpretation of the hip-hop icon’s work.

The album maintains a consistent level of energy throughout, with tracks like “Vices” and “Rotten Decay” keeping the momentum going with their intricate instrumentation and dynamic rhythms. The band’s chemistry is evident in every note, with each member contributing their unique flair to create a cohesive and compelling sound.

Overall, “BBNG2” is a testament to BadBadNotGood’s talent and creativity, solidifying their place as pioneers in the modern jazz scene. With a perfect balance of original compositions and inventive covers, the album is a must-listen for fans of jazz, hip-hop, and electronic music alike.

Rating: 9/10

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