On ParkLife’s Kaytranada-curated stage Sango is dropping some heavy bass. He’s probably not aware of how much he’s shaking up the Portakabin that’s acting as BadBadNotGood’s dressing room for the afternoon. It’s still fairly early in the clearing of trees that boasts the best line-up of the festival (Earl Sweatshirt, Madlib, Benji B and Brodinski as well as the aforementioned), and the trio of Canadian instrumentalists have suitably warmed things up for what the rest of the day has in store. Sitting on inflatable couches in the vibrating tin can, we revisit a discussion we head last year, in which they talked of wanting to delve further into the realm of production. Now, perched at the crux of live instrumentation and beat-making that’s being championed by the likes of Kendrick Lamar and Chance The Rapper, the band find themselves in great stead. No longer coming particularly out of left field, they are able to work between records for vocalists – like the Sour Soul album they put out back in February with Ghostface – or instrumental records like last year’s III.
They’re here today because they’ve been selected by Kaytranada, the Montreal SoundCloud god, who has been working with them quite a bit on the production side lately. While there’s a bit of disagreement on who first met Kay and when, the group resolve that they definitely had their first sessions with him back in December.
“It’s weird how sometimes you meet somebody you just have a crazy connection with, and I feel like we just have an amazing connection with him,” says the man behind the keys, Matthew Tavares. “It’s just so easy to work with Kay and we’ve done so much since, constantly going back and forth on emails, collaborating on stuff. I think we have like ten things with him now at least!”