Thundercat – Show You The Way

My first reaction when I saw the cover artwork of the forthcoming Thundercat album was this: This is madness! It wasn’t my intention to quote lines from Frank Miller, but the express joy at its most extreme. If this new record is half as mad, as in genius, as that look on Stephen Bruner’s face, he will easily surpass all the expectations one could have for that record. The list of collaborators seem to confirm we’re on the right track: Kendrick Lamar, Wiz Khalifa, Pharrell, Flying Lotus, Kamasi Washington, and Kenny Loggins. That’s right, Kenny Loggins!

Titled “Drunk”, the new album will hit stores on February 24th, accompanied by an extended world tour. Pre-order here!

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.

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?

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.

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.

Flying Lotus – Between Friends (Instrumental)

If you’re on Twitter, your stream was probably flooded with tweets about the new Flying Lotus track for the Adult Swim Singles Program. Well, lots of hype but is it that good? I clearly prefer the instrumental version with Brainfeeder co-conspirator Thundercat, which popped up on FlyLo’s SoundCloud earlier today.

Unfortunately, the instrumental isn’t available for download, which brings us back to the vocal version of Between Friends – if you don’t want to leave empty handed.

(via Fresh Selects)

Thundercat – MmmHmm (live)

Instead of making a sad face over not being able to see him (and Floating Points) play in London tonight, I searched for Thundercat videos on YouTube and came across this one.

This was recorded for the BBC sometime last year in Los Angeles. The track is, of course, taken from Flying Lotus’ 2010 album Cosmogramma. Not sure who’s playing with Thundercat there, but I take it the drummer is his brother Ron Bruner.

Thundercat – Walkin’

Oh, that Thundercat album, a true modern classic. I don’t know about you, but I’m still listening to it on a regular basis. Now there’s an official video for Walkin’ in case you need a reminder of the album’s brilliance.

If you still haven’t got yourself a copy, order it straight from Bleep or iTunes!

(via Shook)

Thundercat – Daylight (live)

Some footage from the Thundercat record release-party at LA’s The Echo courtesy of Mochilla. Listen to the full version of Daylight, taken from the debut album The Golden Age of Apocalypse.

Also, after some delay, the record is finally available on vinyl as well. You can pick up your copy at your favourite record store or get it from mailorders such as Bleep and Rush Hour.

Thundercat – The Golden Age of Apocalypse

As if three weeks of listening time weren’t enough, I missed another chance to deliver a review on time. I’m sure you heard about this album by now, maybe even got yourself a copy. For those that didn’t, here’s one late review.

So the wait is over, the debut album from LA’s Thundercat is finally available in stores worldwide. And all the praise it received beforehand is justified. For Brainfeeder it’s the ultimate manifestation as a truly diverse label (and next up is Martyn!), one that brings different music to its audiences and embraces true musicianship. But let’s start at the beginning.

You should have heard about Stephen Brunner’s background by now: former member of Suicidal Tendencies, bassist for Erykah Badu and Sa-Ra Creative Partners (and that’s not all.) He connects Flying Lotus, contributes to his last album Cosmogramma and in return the Brainfeeder head produces his album.

01. HooooooO
02. Daylight
03. Fleer Ultra
04. Is It Love? and l
05. For Love (I Come Your Friend)
06. It Really Doesn’t Matter to You
07. Jamboree
08. Boat Cruise
09. Seasons
10. Goldenboy
11. Walkin’
12. Mystery Machine (The Golden Age of Apocalypse)
13. Return to the Journey

Cosmogramma was the first sign that Steven Ellison is interested in more than just making beats, he’s a real producer with the understanding what an artist is looking for. The Golden Age of Apocalypse doesn’t sound like anything you’d expect from Flying Lotus (but then who knows) and that’s actually a good thing. Like others said before me, it sounds indeed more like Thundercat’s hero George Duke, an organic sounding record with hypnotizing basslines and laidback grooves. The vocals reminded me of some of Donald Byrd’s albums .So it’s maybe no surprise you’ll find the George Duke cover For Love (I Come Your Friend), a song with true sing-along qualities that will hopefully put the album on the radar of occasional listeners as well. The same could be said about Walkin’, which suprised me at first with an disco beat that makes it stand out from the rest of the tracks. Despite only running for 37 minutes, the tracks blend nicely into each other and invite you to play this on repeat for a couple of days.

I spoke to several people about this album and interestingly we all agreed on its resemblance of some of IG Culture’s music (New Sector Movements and Likwid Biskit), though Thundercat will hopefully gain a wider audience with this record. One last thought that didn’t leave: imagine a collaboration of Thundercat and Kaidi Tatham, what brighter future could there be?

The Golden Age of Apocalypse is in stores since Monday, you can find it on CD, 2-LP and digital download. Try the Ninja Tune store, Bleep, iTunes or the source of your trust.

Thundercat – The Golden Age of Apocalypse

Thundercat - The Golden Age of Apocalypse

Cover Artwork

For faithful disciples of all things Brainfeeder it’s no secret that this summer will see the release of Thundercat‘s first solo effort on the label operated by Flying Lotus. The Los Angeles native going by the name of Stephen Bruner contributed to the last Flying Lotus album has made himself a name as bassplayer for the likes of Erykah Badu (both New Ameryah albums), SA-RA as well as Shafiq Husayn, J*DaVeY or Bilal. He was also involved in several LA centric projects and contributed to the last Flying Lotus album Cosmogramma. And now it’s Flying Lotus producing and releasing his album.

Just today, Pitchfork has revealed the tracklist and the cover art. They also shared a second track off the record, following the brilliant George Duke cover from some weeks back. Among the featured artists are those I have already mentioned above, including Erykah Badu and SA-RA. So it’s probably no surprise that Hudson Mohawke calls it unreal.01. HooooooO
02. Daylight
03. Fleer Ultra
04. Is It Love?
05. For Love I Come
06. It Really Doesn’t Matter to You
07. Jamboree
08. Boat Cruise
09. Seasons
10. Goldenboy
11. Walkin’
12. Mystery Machine (The Golden Age of Apocalypse)
13. Return to the Journey

I have a feeling this isn’t the last time you read about this album on this site. The Golden Age of Apocalypse will be available on August 30, 2011.

August 22, 2011 You might have heard Flying Lotus’ Thundercat Shenanigans mix by now, but how about streaming the entire album a week ahead of its release?

Flying Lotus Maida Vale Session

Los Angeles’ very own Flying Lotus is joined by his cousin Ravi Coltrane, singer Andreya Triana, Thundercat on bass, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson on violin andsome others for a recording session at the BBC’s Maida Vale Studios.


Three tracks from that session are also available on Gilles Peterson‘s latest radio-show, available for 7 more days on the BBC iPlayer.