104057Innovative Leisure – July 8th

Aggressively mellow, BadBadNotGood push their jazz element to new limits on IV. The beats are tighter and the melodies more playful than that of the comparatively subdued III, with the band sounding creatively juiced as they navigate an electronic and trip flavour around their charismatic jazz arrangements. Here, as with the Ghostface Killah’d Sour Soul, it’s the guests that steal focus, though the pairings here feel more tailored to the band’s intricate hip hop than the Wu-Tang rapper’s unapologetic accompaniment. After BBNG’s input on 99.9% standout ‘WEIGHT OFF’, Kaytranada repays the favour with the silky ‘Lavender’, while the shift from Sam T. Herring’s baritone rasp on ‘Time Moves Slow’ to Colin Stetson’s barbed sax on ‘Confessions Pt II’ is an exotic pleasure. The dusky romance of their previous releases might feel absent here, but what it lacks in noirish mystery it makes up for in their tastiest jams yet.

Buy: BadBadNotGood – IV

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