From time to time, you find yourself scrolling through soundclouds and youtube videos, listening to the latest rendition of your favourite song but rarely do you find anything worthy of your attention. And then there’s BADBADNOTGOOD – your savior to covering a spectrum of genres with only one constant: Jazz, and a whole lot of it. Meeting each other through their shared appreciations of jazz and hip hop, Ontario natives Alex Sowinski, Matt Tavares and Chester Hansen have found a passion for pushing boundaries in a way that no other jazz enthusiast has.
With covers of James Blake, Waka Flocka Flame, Hudson Mohawke and Tyler The Creator, BBNG has created a new world of jazz listeners where jazz might have been dead in today’s youths.
It bleeds through in the music. Their first release BBNG (the product of three hours in their first ever studio session) is filled with jazz interpolations of Gang Starr (“Mass Appeal”), Nas/Ol’ Dirty Bastard (“The World is Yours”/”Brooklyn Zoo”) and Slum Village (the J Dilla masterpiece “Fall in Love”). Alex says, “I feel like the cover thing is like, not in a lame way, but it’s pretty cool because you can take a song that will never see the light of this combination of style of music and you can give it some new life.” They deconstruct the four bar loops, understanding how to work crescendos by stretching out and reshaping the music into their own vision of silky smooth key progressions, pounding drums, and tasty bass lines.
BADBADNOTGOOD will be appearing at Venue TONIGHT for a very special Blueprint Live Show. Doors at 9PM – Get tickets via bplive.ca
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