Exclaim!'s Top 15 Soul and R&B Albums Best of 2016



4. BADBADNOTGOOD
IV
(Arts & Crafts)
 
BADBADNOTGOOD have the ability to orchestrate quirk, but the experimental schemas of their track structures boast a distinct level of sophistication, too. Their technical prowess is unquestionable; the now-quartet have captivated over the last three years, and IV only serves to cement the reputation these Torontonians have garnered.
 
A balanced mix of slow, hazy grooves and upbeat, effervescent compositions make up BADBADNOTGOOD's fourth full-length release. The record fuses a smoked-out sonic palette to the freewheeling spirit that has marked the group's previous releases.
 
IV offers swathes of sounds that are coyly underscored by a range of influences, all liberally peppered throughout the record. Its eclectic instrumentation invites listeners to jazz-forward lounge music that is accessible even to any fair-weather enthusiast. It's a sophisticated party, but everybody's invited.
Corinne Przybyslawski