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Hear the Avalanches’ Hypnotic ‘Bad Day’ With Freddie Gibbs

Australian duo sample Stevie Wonder, Shuggie Otis in “rough mix” of new “Christmas jam”

Avalanches Freddie Gibbs 'Bad Day'

Six months after ending a 16-year hiatus, the Avalanches return with a slightly belated "Christmas jam" titled "Bad Day," featuring Freddie Gibbs.

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The Avalanches made fans wait 16 years for a new album, but just six months later, they’re back with a new, slightly belated “Christmas jam” titled “Bad Day,” featuring rapper Freddie Gibbs.

Striding along a hypnotic, shapeshifting beat that features samples of Shuggie Otis’ “Strawberry Letter 23” and Stevie Wonder’s “For Once in My Life,” Gibbs doles out one of his trademark verses.

“Life without fear / Putting five karats in my baby girl’s ear / Used to put the cars in my baby momma’s name / For breakfast, we were cookin’ cocaine,” the Indiana rapper says on the cut.

For Gibbs, “Bad Day” is the second track to feature the rapper (following his “All Day”) since he was found not guilty of sexual assault accusations in Vienna. The rapper had been incarcarated for four months in Europe.

The Australian sampling wizards posted the song on their SoundCloud, noting that “Bad Day” was just a rough mix. It’s unclear whether the track was a leftover from Wildflower, their much-anticipated follow-up to 2000’s Since I Left You, or if the group is working on new music again ahead of their 2017 Australian tour.

As the group tweeted Friday morning, they’re still tinkering with the track, which will include new verses from De La Soul’s Posdnous and Spank Rock..

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