We didn’t get a new album from BBND last year, but they did produce “Hoarse” – one of the best cuts on Earl Sweatshirt’s Doris – as well as “Float On”, the closing track on Danny Brown’s Old. These two cuts and new track “CS60”, makes BBND amongst the most ruthless instrumentalists around. It all started with a YouTube vid where three young Toronto natives turned a couple of Odd Future tracks into a jazz medley. The clip got noticed by Tyler, The Creator, they opened for jazz-funk legend Roy Ayers and the rest is, as they say, history.
On paper, jazz and hip hop should blend nicely, but in reality it rarely does. Hip Hop beats tend to be looped and static, while typically, the exact opposite applies for jazz. So BBND is no doubt a rarity. As someone said, these guys are not unlike “if Fucked Up collaborated with Waka Flocka Flame, backed by the Roots.” A fun and fairly accurate description. There are unquestionably some punk aesthetics to their craft; keyboard player and multi-instrumentalist Matt Taveres actually played in punk bands. But more than anything, BBND is doing their own thing, sounding like no one else, and “CS60” brilliantly attest to that.
For now, we don’t know much about anything regarding their third album, more than a confirmed 2014 release.