For the uninitiated, Thundercat is an artist, who also happens to be a friend and associate of Flying Lotus. Thundercat is releasing his sophomore opus Apocalypse on June 4 which was co-written and produced by Flying Lotus and Mono/Poly. The album is the follow up to The Golden Age of the Apocalypse and was produced after the death of keyboardist, Austin Peralta. Listen to the album by clicking the link below:
If you’ve ever passed by the funk and jazz-lite dollar bin at the record store, Stephen Bruner kindly asks that you pause to revel in the pastel colors and unfettered joy. The virtuosic bassist and singer comes from a diverse pedigree: a boy band, a stint in Suicidal Tendencies and, more recently, a hired low-end for space-age R&B artists like Erykah Badu and Sa-Ra. But as Thundercat, Bruner digs into astral soul music that’s often both funky and heartbreaking — especially on Apocalypse, out June 4.
Co-produced and co-written by producers Flying Lotus and Mono/Poly, Thundercat’s follow-up toThe Golden Age of the Apocalypse was written after the death of keyboardist, FlyLo bandmate and friend Austin Peralta. It can be, at times, bittersweet, as if attempting to smile and dance the pain away in the gossamer late-night plea “Heartbreaks + Setbacks,” the somber yacht-rocker “Without You” and the time-signature-shifting jazz-pop “Tron Song.” But then there are tracks that really want to move, like the Herbie Hancock mutant fusion of “Lotus and the Jondy” or your next party-starter, the sweaty and somewhat self-deprecating “Oh Sheit It’s X.” That one’s a team effort — a FlyPolyCat joint, if you will — with Bruner’s crooning and playful Off the Wallfalsetto on top of ridiculous capital-F Funk handed down from the Mothership.