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BADBADNOTGOOD FEATURED ON LEAD SINGLE FROM DANIEL CAESAR
ALBUM III OUT NOW VIA INNOVATIVE LEISURE
STREAM: Daniel Caesar's "Paradise" featuring BadBadNotGood -https://soundcloud.com/danielcaesar/paradise-ft-badbadnotgood-sean-leon
BADBADNOTGOOD is featured on Daniel Caesar's new single release "Paradise" off his upcoming EP, Pilgram's Paradise, due this November. The track premiered, simultaneously on the FADER and Ebro Darden's Beats 1 Radio show as his #Beats1Banger. BADBADNOTGOOD & Jordan Evans / Matthew Burnett also did the production on the track.
The band will be playing Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin on November 6th. Check out the single above and more info on BADBADNOTGOOD'S junior LP titled III here.
BadBadNotGood is a young supremely talented trio of musicians made up of Matthew Tavares on keys, Chester Hansen on bass, and Alex Sowinski on drums. Since their inception at Humber College's Music Performance program in 2011, the three have challenged the rule book on improvised instrumental music and taken jazz tradition into the future. With early champions including acclaimed BBC broadcaster Gilles Peterson and Tyler The Creator who helped fuel their discovery with a series of live jams that instantly went viral and dubbed them the "Odd Trio", the band released their first EPBBNG in June 2011 to wide praise.
The marriage of jazz virtuosity and hip hop source material offered a fresh take on the traditional "standard" applied to hip hop classics by taking on choice cuts from the golden era rap cannon and writing inspired arrangements for them instead of one-dimensional covers. The band hit a landmark by introducing original material into their compositions with BBNG2 in 2012. New songs like "Rotten Decay", "Vices" or "UWM" carried on the proud heritage of musical juxtaposition by bringing together jazz, hip hop, punk, and dance music into vigorous balance.
Since then, they've won praise from the four corners of the globe and collaborated with Frank Ocean, Earl Sweatshirt, MF Doom, Pharaoh Monch and RZA among many. Their notorious live performances have brought fans across the whole musical spectrum together, taking the band around the world from Coachella to Glastonbury. In 2014, the inseparable friends released their biggest project to date III on prodigious young label Innovative Leisure, a highly-anticipated project ushering in the group's newest explorations which are proving to be limitless.
May 6, 2014
2. Can't Leave The Night
5. Eyes Closed
7. Differently, Still
8. Since You Asked Kindly
LE VOLUME COURBE’S
I WISH DEE DEE RAMONE WAS HERE WITH ME
OUT NOW ON RING THE ALARM
Julia Kent - Asperities
Julia Kent's "essential" (Drowned in Sound) new album Asperities is released tomorrow and can be streamed now via The Out Door and her own Bandcamp.
Listen to a recent session Julia played on Irene Trudel's WFMU show.
"The finesse and dexterity of these compositions makes Asperities her most complete record to date. Essential"
Drowned in Sound
"A masterclass in tonal diversity, expressionist narrative and finespun drama… Recommended without reservation, Asperities is an edifying and invigorating spectacle"
5/5 The Skinny
"Asperities is Julia Kent’s most mesmerizing album. Every moment is shot through with tones that entrance and moods that transfix"
The Out Door
"This is a cinematic journey, meticulously sculpted to keep you on the edge"
"Accessible yet deep, Julia Kent‘s cello-based music provides an entry point to those who might not otherwise have considered listening to instrumental music. Her new album offers a mix of pensive, emotional tunes and the stringed equivalent of bangers"
A Closer Listen
"Julia's fully devoted to the exploration of the relationship between emotive cello-generated constructions and electronic manipulation. Her new record, Asperities, demonstrates brilliantly how fruitful, fascinating and effective this relationship can be"
asperity (æˈspɛrɪtɪ) noun (plural) -ties
1. roughness or sharpness of temper
2. roughness or harshness of a surface, sound, taste, etc
3. a condition hard to endure; affliction
4. (physics) the elastically compressed region of contact between two surfaces caused by the normal force
“I was thinking about the concept of difficulty. Whether in life or in nature - of conflict, of being troubled. The idea of friction. Also in geology, an asperity is some part of a fault line that doesn't move that can create an earthquake, which is an evocative concept.”
Asperities is the fourth solo album by acclaimed Canadian cellist Julia Kent. As the title suggests, this is a record born of conflict: internal, personal and global. Universal themes. The build of pressure and the threat of violent release. Modern guilt. Modern fears.
Kent draws from a rich well of emotion, the pieces deceptively rendered, each feeling like a miniature dramatic epic in its own right – sculpted and self-contained. Her work on recent film scores is very much in evidence. While cinematic in scope, there is nothing as trite as a Hollywood ending here. There is tension and darkness, the edges cracked and frayed. “A lot of the melodic material is based on semitones,” Julia elaborates. “So in the music there is an inherent sense of dissonance; that things are too close for comfort. More generally, it seems like a particularly dark time in the world right now, and I think that definitely had an influence too.”
The album was recorded, produced and mixed in its entirety by Julia in her New York studio. This method of working lends the record a sense of isolation that carries a powerful resonance in our modern over-connected world. “I really like the autonomy of working alone,” she says. “I feel that I can transmit something emotionally that I might not be able to if there were someone else involved.”
Utilising looped cello, electronics and found sounds, Kent creates a world where the technological and the organic merge in perfect symbiosis, the layers of sound peeling back to reveal a beating, bloody human heart at its centre. “I did quite a lot of processing of the cello sound and used different electronic textures,” she explains of her technique. “I was trying to get away from the acoustic cello sound and find one that was more textural and more expressive of the material.”
Throughout the plaintive strains of opener ‘Hellebore’, the prowling grace of ‘The Leopard’, the elegant restraint of ‘Heavy Eyes’ and onto immersive closer ‘Tramontana’, Kent’s cello evokes romance and loss, a yearning for simplicity. This is the soundtrack to the transitory nature of life and the inevitability of death.
Vancouver-born and New York-based, Julia Kent rose to prominence with Rasputina andAntony & The Johnsons. Her extensive résumé includes recent work with Swans, Aidan Baker,Rachel Grimes, Rutger Zuydervelt, Barbara Morgenstern, Library Tapes and Khan of Finland.
Kent has also composed extensively for film, theatre and dance. Her cinematic work includes the documentaries The Boxing Girls of Kabul and Rwanda, L'Impossible Pardon, American feature A Short History of Decay, short films Doppio Urlo, and the award-winning Oasis. Her music also was used in Paolo Sorrentino's 2011 film This Must Be The Place. As a solo artist she has toured extensively in Europe and North America and performed at festivals including Primavera Sound, Reeperbahn, Unsound, and Meltdown.
1. A1. Hellebore
2. A2. Lac Des Arcs
3. A3. The Leopard
4. A4. Flag Of No Country
5. B1. Terrain
6. B2. Empty States
7. B3. Heavy Eyes
8. B4. Invitation To The Voyage
9. B5. Tramontana