BadBadNotGood ‘Take What’s Given’ on new single

Canadian ensemble BadBadNotGood have enlisted Houston vocalist Reggie for funk-inspired new single ‘Take What’s Given’.


Recorded at Valentine Studios in Los Angeles, the track is out now digitally on XL Recordings and also comes in the form of a limited-edition 7”, available March 22 (pre-order here).

It follows a slew of recent collaborative singles cooked up by the Toronto alt-jazz group, which has also included their ‘MiNt cHoCoLaTe’ linkup with Westside Gunn and Conway The Machine; their ‘Sleeper’ track with Charlotte Day Wilson; and their reworking of ‘Marking My Time’ with the sensationally smooth rising artist Elmiene.

Have a listen to the new track and its horn-tinged arrangements below.

Describing how ‘Take What’s Given’ came about, both practically and sonically, the band have said:

“We were doing a couple sessions around the time of Coachella 2022 and ended up having reggie by the studio. 

“We were struck by his unique artistry and energy, and he played us some of his unreleased music that was just amazing. 

“The groove for ‘Take What’s Given’ came together while we were messing around during setup, and we were just having fun with it until reggie started freestyling what became the lyrics. 

Photo: Jack Taylor

“It quickly became an infectious song and we ended up laying it down within a couple takes. Stylistically it’s super different than anything we’ve put out before but we had such a fun time playing it and it was stuck in our heads for a year while we worked on other stuff.”

BadBadNotGood’s string of collaborations follows their 2021 album Talk Memory, as well as their more recent New Heart Designs EP which saw them earn their fifth Grammy nomination for their remix of Turnstile’s ‘Alien Love Call’.

Fans will be able to catch all the magic the band possess on the road and at major festivals this year, with BadBadNotGood already set for appearances at London’s Cross The Tracks Festival, Barcelona’s Primavera Sound and Bonnaroo in the States. 

They’re also set for a headline, and rather special, performance at Istanbul’s Zorlu Performing Arts Center – tickets for all of which can be purchased through the band’s site.

They are also reportedly back in the studio, working on more music; we expect this won’t be the last we’ll be hearing from them this year, which isn’t bad at all.

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