Canadian quartet BadBadNotGood take on creating the ultimate “late night” selection of tracks from their record collections, set for release on 28th July 2017.
The original trio of Matthew Tavares, Alex Sowinski and Chester Hansen formed while studying music at Toronto’s Humber College (they’ve recently added Leland Whitty to the line-up). A shared appreciation of hip hop and instrumental covers of Gucci Mane and Earl Sweatshirt suggested a worldly outlook and reciprocated love from Tyler The Creator and Ghostface Killah, which whom they made 2015’s Sour Soul. Their last album, the critically-acclaimed IV, turned heads and their collaborators continue to multiply: Snoop Dogg, Kaytranada and Kendrick Lamar among them.
You can even hear little bits of BadBadNotGood through this mix, as though they are transmitting parts of themselves through the music they select. Perhaps the keys on Admas’ hilariously expensive ‘Anchi Bale Game’, maybe, or the arrangements on Delegation’s mighty Britsoul tune ‘Oh Honey’ or the groove from ‘Vida Antiga’, Erasmo Carlos’ Brazilian classic. As Janis almost sang, take another little piece of my art.
This is an international effort: Velly Joonas’ Estonian version of ‘Feel Like Makin’ Love’, Kiki Gyan, Admas and Francis Bebey representing Africa (Ghana, Ethiopia and Cameroon respectively), Les Prospection from France, Scots’ Boards Of Canada and fellow Canucks River Tiber and Charlotte Day Wilson.
Finally, there’s the no-small-matter of the Late Night Tales cover version, in which BadBadNotGood take on Andy Shauf’s ‘To You’ is turned into a mournful delight. while the Queen Of Siam herself, Lydia Lunch, delivers a sexual sermon involving only you, her and Jim Beam.
Badbad, indeed: so good they said it twice.
“We were really excited to have the chance to put together a Late Night Tales compilation. We decided to use it as a vehicle to show everyone all the amazing music we have gotten to experience by touring and meeting new people. Every track on this comp was either shown to us by an incredible person or made by one of our friends. We also included a little cover of a song by one of our favourite current musicians, Andy Shauf. These artists, as well as many, many others, have influenced us to create and kept our deep love of music alive. This mix will keep you company on a quiet night by yourself or with friends. You can check it out on the plane, the bus, a long walk, or any situation where you want a soundtrack for reflection and meditation.”
– BadBadNotGood, May 2017
V/A ‘Late Night Tales: BadBadNotGood’
Released Date: 28th July 2017
Label: Late Night Tales
Format: 2xLP // CD // Digital
Cat No: ALNLP46 // ALNCD46 // ALND46
01. Boards Of Canada – Olson
02. Erasmo Carlos – Vida Antiga
03. Gene Williams – Don’t Let Your Love Fade Away
04. The Chosen Few – People Make The World Go Round
05. Esther Phillips – Home Is Where the Hatred Is
06. Delegation – Oh Honey
07. Velly Joonas – Käes on aeg
08. Stereolab – The Flower Called Nowhere
09. Kiki Gyan – Disco Dancer
10. Admas – Anchi Bale Game
11. Francis Bebey – Sanza Nocturne
12. Thundercat – For Love I Come
13. River Tiber Ft. Daniel Caesar – West
14. Charlotte Day Wilson – Work
15. The Beach Boys – Don’t Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulder)
16. Donnie & Joe Emerson – Baby
17. Les Prospection – Lido
18. Grady Tate – And I Love Her
19. BadBadNotGood – To You (Exclusive Andy Shauf cover version)
20. Steve Kuhn – The Meaning Of Love
21. Lydia Lunch – You, Me and Jim Beam (Exclusive Spoken Word Piece)
28th May: World Island, Leeds
28th May: Love Saves The Day, Bristol
31st May: O2 Forum, Kentish Town
24th June: Glastonbury Festival, Pilton
26th June: The Sugar Club, Dublin
27th June: The Sugar Club, Dublin
1st July: Love Supreme, Glynde
17th Aug: Green Man Festival, Brecon Beacons National Park