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Talk Memory is the fifth solo album by Canadian instrumental group BadBadNotGood. It was released on October 8, 2021, by XL Recordings and Innovative Leisure, and is the band's first album in five years. A mostly improvisational work, it was produced and written by the trio with contributions from featured American instrumentalists Laraaji, Karriem Riggins, Terrace Martin, and Brandee Younger, and string arrangements from Brazilian composer Arthur Verocai.[1]

Following promotion on social media in early July, the band officially announced the album on July 15, 2021, simultaneously releasing the lead single "Signal from the Noise".[2]


The album functions as a barometer for the band's growth in the five interim years since their last album; besides the 2020 single "Goodbye Blue", this is the first original release recorded after the sessions for IV. In a press release, the band said: "It took a year or two of just living life to get to the place where the creative process was exciting again and once we actually went in to the studio it was the most concise recording and writing process we’ve ever had. We hope that the improvised studio performances bring the listener closer to our live experience."[1][3]

This is the first album from the band without founding keyboardist Matthew Tavares; he departed in 2019. The long period of time between Talk Memory and IV was partly due to Taveres' leaving the group. As Leland Whitty told PostGenre, "[a]fter [Matt] quit the band in 2019, it took us time to establish a new vision of what the band would be like without him."[4]

Release and reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
The Guardian[12]

The trio released their first album single on July 15, 2021, "Signal from the Noise"; a "nine-minute psychedelic jazz fusion odyssey", the track was produced with Floating Points and accompanied by a music video directed by Duncan Loudon.[3][13] The second single, "Beside April", was released on September 8, 2021.[14]

The album was released on October 8, 2021. It is the band's first album with XL Recordings, who released it in partnership with Innovative Leisure (to which the band has been signed since 2013).[3][15] Multiple limited edition color variants of the LP are available from different retailers, including their web store and VMP (Vinyl Me, Please).[16][17][18][19]

Overall, the album received generally favorable review from critics, with opinions of the album ranging from "virtuosic" to that of "considered jam sessions."[18] In a very positive review, Dean Van Nguyen of Pitchfork commented: “BadBadNotGood are known for turning tradition inside out, but Talk Memory is not just their finest album—it’s evidence of the historic appreciation that roots their reverence;” comparing the album to the group’s previous work, he detailed that “the velvety play and mildly psychedelic grooves are still present, but Talk Memory is also BBNG’s most compositionally complex record to date: It draws you in with vibrant hooks and melodic flourishes, then begs you to return and fully absorb its subtleties.”[20]

The album was longlisted for the 2022 Polaris Music Prize.[21]


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Track listing

Talk Memory track listing
1."Signal from the Noise"9:02
2."Unfolding (Momentum 73)" (featuring Laraaji)
3."City of Mirrors" (featuring Arthur Verocai)
  • Sowinski
  • Hansen
  • Whitty
4."Beside April" (featuring Karriem Riggins and Arthur Verocai)
5."Love Proceeding" (featuring Arthur Verocai)
  • Sowinski
  • Hansen
  • Whitty
6."Open Channels" (physical version only)
  • Sowinski
  • Hansen
  • Whitty
7."Timid, Intimidating"
  • Sowinski
  • Hansen
  • Whitty
8."Beside April (Reprise)" (featuring Arthur Verocai)
  • Sowinski
  • Hansen
  • Whitty
9."Talk Meaning" (featuring Arthur Verocai, Terrace Martin and Brandee Younger)
Total length:42:11


  • ^[a] signifies an additional producer.
  • ^[b] signifies an assistant producer.
  • Arthur Verocai is credited for string arrangements on tracks 3–4 and 8–9.


Adapted from album notes.


  • Leland Whitty – soprano and tenor saxophone, flute, guitar, bass ("City of Mirrors", "Open Channels"), piano, synthesizer
  • Chester Hansen – bass, guitar ("City of Mirrors"), piano, organ, synthesizer
  • Al Sow – drums, percussion


  • Laraaji – electric zither ("Unfolding (Momentum 73)")
  • Karriem Riggins – percussion ("Beside April")
  • Brandee Younger – harp ("Talk Meaning")
  • Terrace Martin – alto saxophone ("Talk Meaning")
  • Arthur Verocai – string arrangements
  • Clóvis Pereira Filho – violin
  • Ubiratã Rodrigues – violin
  • Wagner Rodrigues – violin
  • André Cunha Rego – violin
  • Nikolay Sapoundjiev – violin
  • William Issac – violin
  • Emila Valova – cello
  • Lisiane de los Santos – cello
  • David Chew – cello
  • Victor Botene – viola
  • Samuel Passos – viola
  • Nic Jodoin – tape effects


  • Nic Jodoin – engineer
  • Travis Pavur – assistant engineer
  • William Luna – engineer (Brazil)
  • Russell Elevado – mixing
  • Alex DeTurk – mastering[25]
  • Scott Hull – lacquer cutting
  • Matthew Langille – A&R
  • Patrick North – A&R


  • BadBadNotGood – creative direction
  • Alaska-Alaska™ (Virgil Abloh, Tawanda Chiweshe, Francisco Gaspar) – creative direction [1][25]
  • Elias Hanzer – typeface
  • Jamal Burger – cover photography
  • Ivan Narez – gatefold photography


Chart performance for Talk Memory
Chart (2021)Peak
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[26]38
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[27]143
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[28]61
Portuguese Albums (AFP)[29]17
Scottish Albums (OCC)[30]36
UK Independent Albums (OCC)[31]7
US Top Contemporary Jazz Albums (Billboard)[32]1
US Top Jazz Albums (Billboard)[33]3
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[34]4
US Top Tastemaker Albums (Billboard)[35]5
US Top Album Sales (Billboard)[36]65
US Vinyl Albums (Billboard)[37]6


  1. ^ a b c Minsker, Evan (2021-07-15). "BadBadNotGood Announce New Album Talk Memory, Share Video for New Song". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2021-07-15.
  2. ^ BADBADNOTGOOD (July 9, 2021). "Memory Catalogue". Instagram. Archived from the original on 2021-12-25. Retrieved 2021-07-10. The Memory Catalogue, is a print series which provides visual language to our next instrumental album, Talk Memory.
  3. ^ a b c Helman, Peter (2021-07-15). "BADBADNOTGOOD – 'Signal From The Noise'". Stereogum. Retrieved 2021-07-15.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ "Talk Memory: A Conversation with BADBADNOTGOOD's Leland Whitty". 5 October 2021.
  5. ^ "Talk Memory by BadBadNotGood reviews Any Decent Music". Retrieved 2022-01-11.
  6. ^ Talk Memory by BadBadNotGood, retrieved 2022-01-11
  7. ^ Talk Memory - BadBadNotGood | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic, retrieved 2021-10-11
  8. ^ Weaver, David (October 10, 2021). "BadBadNotGood - Talk Memory". Clash Music. Retrieved October 11, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. ^ "BADBADNOTGOOD Reconnect with Their Jazz Roots on 'Talk Memory' Exclaim!". Retrieved 2021-10-05.
  10. ^ "BADBADNOTGOOD – 'Talk Memory' review: technically dazzling jazz (and not much swagger)". 6 October 2021. Retrieved 2021-10-06.
  11. ^ Van Nguyen, Dean (October 10, 2021). "BADBADNOTGOOD - Talk Memory". Pitchfork. Retrieved October 11, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  12. ^ "Talk Memory by BadBadNotGood review – widescreen wanderings". the Guardian. 2021-10-10. Retrieved 2021-10-11.
  13. ^ "Credits Signal from the Noise". July 15, 2021. Retrieved 2021-07-15.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  14. ^ "BADBADNOTGOOD – "Beside April"". Stereogum. 2021-09-08. Retrieved 2021-09-08.
  15. ^ "BADBADNOTGOOD Sign With Innovative Leisure Records". Potholes in my Blog. August 6, 2013. Retrieved 2021-07-15.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  16. ^ "BADBADNOTGOOD". BADBADNOTGOOD1. Retrieved 2021-07-15.
  17. ^ "Talk Memory". Vinyl Me, Please. Retrieved 2021-07-15.
  18. ^ a b "Talk Memory, by BADBADNOTGOOD". BADBADNOTGOOD. Retrieved 2021-07-15.
  19. ^ "BADBADNOTGOOD Talk Memory". Retrieved 2021-07-15.
  20. ^ Van Nguyen, Dean (October 10, 2021). "BADBADNOTGOOD – Talk Memory". Pitchfork. Retrieved October 11, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  21. ^ Allie Gregory, "Here's the 2022 Polaris Music Prize Long List". Exclaim!, June 14, 2022.
  22. ^ Parham, Jason. "The 8 Best Albums of 2021". Wired. ISSN 1059-1028. Retrieved 2022-04-16.
  23. ^ "Clash Albums Of The Year 2021". Clash Magazine. Retrieved 2022-04-16.
  24. ^ "Okayplayer's 21 Best Albums of 2021". Okayplayer. 2021-12-22. Retrieved 2022-04-16.
  25. ^ a b BadBadNotGood [@badbadnotgood] (July 15, 2021). "'Talk Memory'... is a true bucket list for us and we're beyond grateful for absolute legends that contributed!! The team is as follows: @arthurverocai_, @karriemriggins1, @terracemartin @laraaji_official, @harpista with mixing by @russelevado and mastered by @alexdeturk. Huge thanks to @virgilabloh and Alaska-Alaska™ for the design concepts and artwork..." Retrieved July 26, 2021 – via Instagram.
  26. ^ " – BadBadNotGood – Talk Memory" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved October 17, 2021.
  27. ^ " – BadBadNotGood – Talk Memory" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved October 24, 2021.
  28. ^ " – BadBadNotGood – Talk Memory" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved October 15, 2021.
  29. ^ " – BadBadNotGood – Talk Memory". Hung Medien. Retrieved October 25, 2021.
  30. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 16, 2021.
  31. ^ "Official Independent Albums Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 16, 2021.
  32. ^ "BadBadNotGood Chart History (Top Contemporary Jazz Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved October 25, 2021.
  33. ^ "BadBadNotGood Chart History (Top Jazz Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved October 25, 2021.
  34. ^ "BadBadNotGood Chart History (Heatseekers Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved October 25, 2021.
  35. ^ "BadBadNotGood Chart History (Top Tastemaker Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved October 25, 2021.
  36. ^ "BadBadNotGood Chart History (Top Album Sales)". Billboard. Retrieved October 25, 2021.
  37. ^ "BadBadNotGood Chart History (Vinyl Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved October 25, 2021.


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BadBadNotGood auf Wikipedia (oder andere Quellen):

BadBadNotGood ist eine kanadische Instrumental-Band, die den Genres Hip-Hop und Jazz zugerechnet wird. Die im Jahr 2010 gegründete Band besteht aus dem Bassisten Chester Hansen, dem Saxophonisten Leland Whitty und dem Schlagzeuger Alexander Sowinski. Der Pianist und Keyboarder Matthew A. Tavares stieg 2019 aus.


Badbadnotgood im Jahr 2012

Matthew Tavares, Alexander Sowinski und Chester Hansen lernten sich im Rahmen eines Jazzstudiums am Humber College in Toronto kennen und entdeckten ihre gemeinsame Liebe zum Hip-Hop. Zu ihren Einflüssen zählen Rap-Formationen wie The Roots, Three 6 Mafia und Mos Def ebenso wie Jazz-Klassiker wie Bill Evans, John Coltrane oder Scott LaFaro. Nach seiner Gründung begann das Trio BadBadNotGood zunächst, instrumentale Jazz-Versionen von Hip-Hop-Stücken aufzunehmen und bediente sich dabei im Katalog von Musikern wie J Dilla, Nas oder Kanye West.[1]

Mit diesen Coverversionen nahmen sie im Jahr 2011 ihr Debütalbum BBNG auf, das per Download veröffentlicht wurde. Die Musik der Band erreichte zunächst im Internet große Verbreitung, wozu unter anderem ein Lob von Tyler, the Creator beitrug, der kurz darauf auch selbst eine Session mit BadBadNotGood aufnahm.[2][3] Das Nachfolgealbum BBNG2 aus dem Jahr 2012 bestand bereits zu einem großen Teil aus Eigenkompositionen; auch hier waren aber noch neue Interpretationen von Stücken unter anderem von Joy Division, James Blake und My Bloody Valentine enthalten.[4]

Im Jahr 2014 veröffentlichten BadBadNotGood auf dem Label Innovative Leisure mit III ihr erstes Album, das ausschließlich aus Eigenkompositionen bestand. Das Werk wurde von der Kritik durchgängig positiv aufgenommen.[5] Das Nachfolgealbum Sour Soul entstand im Jahr 2015 in Zusammenarbeit mit Ghostface Killah.

Anfang 2016 stieß mit Multiinstrumentalist Leland Whitty (u. a. Flöte, Klarinette, Saxophon, Vibraphon, Violine) ein weiterer Musiker zur Band. Im Juli desselben Jahres fand die Veröffentlichung des Studioalbums IV statt. Als Gastmusiker sind darauf unter anderem Mick Jenkins, Kaytranada und Colin Stetson zu hören.


In Kritikerkreisen erregten BadBadNotGood zeitweise Aufmerksamkeit mit kritischen Kommentaren zur Ausbildung junger Jazzmusiker. Pianist Matthew A. Tavares warf der Hochschulszene einen übertriebenen Fokus auf Tradition und technische Fertigkeiten und einen Mangel an Individualismus und Vertrautheit mit aktuellen musikalischen Entwicklungen vor. Auch den Pianisten Robert Glasper, der ebenfalls im Grenzbereich zwischen Jazz und Hip-Hop tätig ist, griff er mit ähnlichen Vorwürfen an.[3]

Die Äußerungen provozierten deutlichen Widerspruch, so unter anderem von Peter Hum im Ottawa Citizen und von Alex Rodriguez, der der Band vorwarf, sich der rassistischen Implikationen dieser Aussagen nicht bewusst zu sein.[6][7] Peter Margasak sprach BadBadNotGood im Chicago Reader die musikalische Qualität ab und bezeichnete ihre Musik als Jazz-Ersatz für Hip-Hop-Fans und Jazz für Menschen, die nie echten Jazz gehört hätten.[8] Anthony Dean-Harris nahm BadBadNotGood auf wiederum gegen diese Vorwürfe in Schutz und beschrieb sie als gute Musiker aus einer neuen Generation, die mit dem Thema Rassismus schlichtweg nicht mehr so vertraut seien, aber ein großes Publikum ansprechen würden und sich musikalisch auch noch weiterentwickeln könnten.[9]



  • BBNG (2011)
  • BBNG2 (2012)
  • III (2014)
  • Sour Soul (mit Ghostface Killah; 2015)
  • IV (2016)
  • Talk Memory (2021)


  • BBNGLive (2011)
  • BBNGLive 2 (2012)


  • The Odd Future Sessions (2011)
  • The Odd Future Sessions Part 2 (2011)


  • Late Night Tales: BadBadNotGood (2017)


  • Fall in Love (2011)
  • BBNGSingle (2011)
  • Flashing Lights / UWM (2013)
  • Six Degrees (mit Ghostface Killah; 2014)
  • Can’t Leave the Night / Sustain (2014)
  • Velvet / Boogie No. 69 (2015)
  • Here & Now / Timewave Zero (2016)
  • Tried (mit Little Dragon; 2017)
  • Key to Love (Is Understanding) (2020)


Commons: BadBadNotGood – Sammlung von Bildern, Videos und Audiodateien


  1. Jerell Tongson: Rotten Decay : BADBADNOTGOOD Is Re-Defining the Genre, Huffington Post am 13. April 2012, gesehen am 23. April 2015
  2. Anupa Mistry: Odd Jazz Covers, Now Toronto am 15. September 2011, gesehen am 23. April 2015
  3. a b Anupa Mistry: BADBADNOTGOOD, Now Toronto am 22. März 2012, gesehen am 23. April 2015
  4. Paul Lester: Jazz – New Band of the Week: BADBADNOTGOOD, The Guardian, 18. April 2012, gesehen am 23. April 2015
  5. Metacritic: Badbadnotgood, III, gesehen am 23. April 2015
  6. Patrick Jarenwattananon: Around The Jazz Internet: April 6, 2012, National Public Radio am 6. April 2012, gesehen am 23. April 2015
  7. Chris Barton: The Odd Future-endorsed sound of BadBadNotGood comes to the Mint, Los Angeles Times am 17. April 2012, gesehen am 23. April 2015
  8. Peter Margasak: BadBadNotGood: Odd Future collaborations do not equal groundbreaking jazz (Memento vom 28. März 2015 im Internet Archive), Chicago Reader am 5. August 2012, gesehen am 12. Januar 2023
  9. Anthony Dean-Harris: How Do We Solve a Problem Like BBNG?, gesehen am 23. April 2015
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