Innovative Leisure

A talented young jazz outfit from Toronto, BadBadNotGood have thrown new flavours into their blissed-out mix on their fourth album, the cunningly titled IV, courtesy of guest vocalists. Having cut their teeth on fiery instrumental workouts of hip hop tunes, and last year’s Sour Soul collaboration with Wu-Tang Clan rapper Ghostface Killah, it’s only natural that the band would incorporate vocals into their inventive compositions. Joined now by full-time silky saxophonist Leland Whitty, the quartet’s vibe continues to be throwback jazz funk with a millennial twist. Chicago emcee Mick Jenkins drops paranoid rhymes about love over a trippy groove on Hyssop of Love, while guest vocalists Charlotte Day Wilson (In Your Eyes) and Samuel T. Herring add a vintage soul element, the Future Island singer’s heartfelt delivery and raspy vocals in particular making Time Moves Slow the album’s obvious standout. Despite its somewhat dodgy cover photo, of the boys wearing only towels, album No 4 from one of the most interesting bands coming to Clockenflap this year turns out to be prettygoodnotbad.