BADBADNOTGOOD created quite a stir with the Sour Soul album, long time Wu-Tang member Ghostface Killah providing some street kudos to the out experimental jazzers. Those scrambling for the instrumentals are in for a treat then as Sour Soul the instrumentals is released. Toronto hip-jazz-hop outfit BADBADNOTGOOD take their cue from 1960s and '70s music as well as the recording techniques and production of that era using just live instrumentation and come up with a cinematic soundtrack-ish vibe. This is a one-press only release, so don't sleep.

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Sour Soul (Instrumentals) by BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah
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8/10 sonti 18th June 2015

When I first listened to and enjoyed Sour Soul, BADBADNOTGOOD's and Ghostface killah's collaborative album, it struck me that the album worked so well because of the unique way Ghostface's flow intertwined and complemented the experimental tones and melodies of BBNG's backing tracks. This meant that when I heard the instrumentals of Sour Soul were being released I was initially very skeptical as the record would lack the vocals that proved crucial in Sour Soul. This is absolutely not true and I would say I enjoyed this instrumental record more than the original.

The absence of Ghostface does not compromise the melodies but allows the progressive beats and experimental pacing of the tracks to take on an identity of their own in line with the quality of the band's three previous studio albums. Hopefully some of the hip hop inspired flavouring adopted by tracks such as Six Degrees and Ray Gun are a sign of things to come for this experimental jazz trio, and if so will doubtless pave the way to their recognition as a band. 8/10


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