Early on his latest album, Drunk, on the song "Bus in These Streets" (written alongside Louis Cole), bassist/singer/personality Stephen "Thundercat" Bruner notes that he's "out here doing the most". Thundercat's third album on the Brainfeeder label does a lot of things, and "the most" is the best descriptor.
Two of the brothers Bruner are both soon to release new albums. While drummer/Grammy winner Ronald Bruner Jr. will be releasing his debut album, Triumph on March 3rd, the talk of the town is, of course, bassist Thundercat who is set to release his third album, Drunk, on February 24 on Brainfeeder. It's an album featuring Wiz Khalifa, Pharrell, Kamasi Washington, and, of course , Flying Lotus. Heck, the first single features his inspirations Kenny Loggins and Michael McDonald. Check it out after the jump.
It was sort of a foregone conclusion that Thundercat would play Hannibal Buress' Comedy Central show. I mean, Flying Lotus is the house DJ (though, as he notes in the first segment of last night's episode, he doesn't get to play much), he's right there. Thundercat was just on a couple of weeks ago backing up Open Mike Eagle. This time the bassist performed his own song, "Them Changes", off his new EP, The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam, alongside keyboardist compatriot Dennis Hamm (with FlyLo providing the beat). It's a more stripped down take on the song that lets the lyricism resound a little more than usual. Check out video of the performance after the jump.
It's becoming more and more apparent that the world has gotten hip to Thundercat. Bassist Stephen Bruner has been racking up praise and press over the last few years, most lately for his work on Kendrick Lamarr's To Pimp A Butterfly and on saxophonist Kamasi Washington's three-hour debut, The Epic. His voice, through his literal voice and his style of play, have become recognizable to many to the point of being almost iconic. Thus, that same iconic voice rings through in Thundercat's new EP that he just released this week on the Brainfeeder label-- The Beyond/Where the Giants Roam. Check out the centerpiece single of the 15 minute mini album, "Them Changes", after the jump.
The video for bassist Thundercat's "Tron Song", from his sophomore release of last year, Apocalypse, makes no damn sense. This is, of course, to be expected considering the madcap antics of Steven Bruner and the even more insanity that comes from the video's director, the certainly off-kilter Eric Andre. The video which includes Bruner as his cat, Tron, Bruner getting beat up by a cop before both he and the cop fall in love with Tron, cat poop turning into a handgun, and effects right out of the 1980s. It's pretty crazy. Check it out after the jump.