Thundercat Live on KCRW

Every now and then, Santa Monica’s KCRW radio station hosts live-sessions from musicians we love. Their latest addition is LA-native bass-player Thundercat, who I should have to introduce to any of you. Outside of his solo-work, he has gained a great following in recent years through his collaborations with Flying Lotus, Erykah Badu and Kendrick Lamar.

The first track “Them Changes” is taken from the all new Thundercat EP on Brainfeeder, while the second “Heartbreaks & Setbacks” is off his 2013 album “Apocalypse”.

Thundercat – Them Changes

It was a bit of short notice, just before the weekend, that Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder label announced the release of a new mini-album by fellow bass player and singer Thundercat. Among the six tracks on “The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam”, there is the wonderful track you can hear above.

So, if you’re not madly into Thundercat’s work already, this should serve as an excellent appetizer. Available from the NinjaShop, Bleep or iTunes. Digital only from what it looks like — sad face.

Kamasi Washington & Miles Mosley – MK 1

It’s amazing to see what Flying Lotus and his Brainfeeder label pulled off with the release of the Kamasi Washington debut album. When was the last time someone made the kids listen to a jazz album?

With “The Epic” finally available, the guys at Kinda Neat put out a new podcast episode talking to the L.A. saxophonist and the video above features a live improvisation that serves as a great teaser.

Kamasi Washington – Re Run Home

Like with his own music, Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder label avoids being stuck into a particular box. It has never been the L.A. beat scene thing that some people might have hoped for (and others might have feared.) The Martyn album seemed like an unusual choice at first, and definitely the jazz record by the late Austin Peralta. In retrospective it all makes sense and it’s exactly what makes good label great: to avoid the obvious and to surprise its listeners, helping them to think outside the box.

So here we are, less than two months away from the Brainfeeder’s second jazz record, the debut album by saxophonist and You’re Dead collaborator Kamasi Washington. This first track from “The Epic” was revealed to the world today and there’ll be 16 more when it drops on May 4th, 2015. And that’s far more than it might sound like, as the album stretches over three discs and runs for 172 minutes. Watch out!

Update: Also, don’t sleep on this video from a live performance by the Kamasi Washington Octet in L.A.

Thundercat – Tron Song

Taken from his 2013 album Apocalypse, watch this hilarious new video Thundercat video directed by Adult Swim’s Eric André. VHS, Mortal Kombat, cats and lots of love (and laughs) — what else do you need?

Matthewdavid – In My World

The cover artwork for Matthewdavid‘s new album “In My World” on Brainfeeder already left me speechless, but the video for the record’s title track puts a cherry on top of it. Crazy stuff. I’m not gonna say any more, just watch this and LOL with me!

Matthewdavid – Perpetual Moon Moods

Despite having posted a track before, I almost forgot there’s going to be a new Matthewdavid album on Brainfeeder, his second album on the label since 2011’s Outmind. Well, to get you over the next couple of days until its release, the LA-based producer shared a new track on his SoundCloud page, a cover version of the Mary Jane Girls’ All Night Long.

Titled “In My World”, the album will hit your favourite record store on July 1st, 2014. Pre-orders available on the NinjaShop or Bleep.

Matthewdavid – In My World

Shouts to @tedikuma for sharing a new tune by Leaving Records founder and dublab radio-host Matthewdavid. Apparently, the Los Angeles-resident is working on his second album for Brainfeeder, titled “In My World” and due for a release on July 1st, 2014. Fans of James Pants, Bullion or Jonti: this is one for you!

Also, make sure to check out Matthewdavid’s previous album on Brainfeeder, 2011’s “Out of Mind” (Spotify link).

Teebs – Holiday (feat. Jonti)

I wasn’t too convinced after hearing the first track from Mtendere Mandowa’s new album on Brainfeeder, but this new one featuring Jonti I like much better. Looking forward to hear what Teebs has come up with on the entire record. Titled “Estara”, the album is available for pre-order and will be in stores worldwide on April 7, 2014.

Thundercat – Evangelion / We’ll Die

Before people wasted their time one Facebook, they did so on a site called MySpace. And while Facebook is already on its own decline, Justin Timberlake is putting his money on the “new” MySpace. A year and a half after the MySpace relaunch, I actually ended up on the site for the first time to watch the new Thundercat video you can see above (unless you’re on a mobile device–how about that, Justin?)

Directed by Mochilla co-founder Brian Cross (aka B+) on California’s Bombay Beach, the music is taken from Thundercat’s 2013 album Apocalypse and spans over two of its wonderful songs.


Attention people, because Nick Rutter‘s short film “Chrysalis” is quite possibly the best music video of the year. Beautifully captured moments of adolescent life in suburban Britain, dealing with emotions such as love and hurt, and an increasingly violent element—somewhat reminiscent of Chris Cunningham. The visual and the narrative quality makes it easy to forget that all of this works as the backdrop for an all new single by Lapalux, though the music fits the mood of the film pretty good. I guess it all makes sense to call this a “short film”.

Off Main St. with Thundercat

Off Main St. is a new “long-format music series dedicated to documenting musicians” and the first artist covered is Brainfeeder’s Thundercat. Watch the bassplayer as he talks about his comic book obsession, how he got his name, visiting Amoeba Music and playing music at The Echoplex.

Lapalux – Without You (Alternate Version)

Whether you’re a big follower of Lapalux or not, chances are that you heard (and liked) Without You taken off his Brainfeeder-released debut album Nostalchic. If you liked that, then take a good listen to this alternate version he shared on his SoundCloud page last night.

Thundercat – Heartbreaks + Setbacks

We’re excited to hear that the follow-up to Thundercat’s brilliant The Golden Age of Apocalypse is only a couple of months away. Together with the track you can hear above, Brainfeeder shared the news with Pitchfork alongside a full tracklist and forthcoming live dates. Titled Apocalypse, the new record is once again produced by Flying Lotus and will be out on July 8th (July 9th in the U.S.)

And that doesn’t seem to be the end of the line, as Lotus announced working on a fusion album next.

Lapalux – Without You

Once you heard the new Lapalux material, his previous two EPs on Brainfeeder only seem like a warm-up excercise… and they kind of are. His debut album, titled Nostalchic, will be out on March 26 and here’s a first taster of what to expect. Watch the video for Without You, directed by Nick Ray Rutter and featuring vocals of Kerry Leatham.