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Thundercat - 'The Beyond - Where the Giants Roam' EP

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris@nextbop.com / @i_ADH

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.

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Thundercat - "Tron Song" (Video)

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris@nextbop.com / @i_ADH

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.

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Thundercat's New Album, 'Apocalypse', Out July 9

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris@nextbop.com / @i_ADH

It's with great excitement that we're happy to announce bassist Stephen "Thundercat" Bruner is poised to release his follow up to our favorite jazz album of 2011, The Golden Age of Apocalypse. The album, which follows the same thematic title, Apocalypse, goes with the same "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" formula; the album much like its predecessor is produced by Flying Lotus and will be released on Lotus' Brainfeeder label on July 9. Check out the tracklist, upcoming tour dates and stream a song from Apocalypse, "Heartbreaks + Setbacks" (co-written & co-produced by Flying Lotus, Brainfeeder label mate Mono/Poly, and Thundercat), after the jump. Get hype. Shenanigans are coming.

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Thundercat's DJ Set at KCRW

Anthony Dean-Harris
Editor-in-Chief
anthony.deanharris@nextbop.com / @i_ADH

Just ahead of his Coachella performances this weekend, Thundercat DJed at famed public radio station KCRW Santa Monica alongside host Garth Trinidad for an extremely dope hour-long set filled with George Duke, Stanley Clarke, something from the Sonic the Hedgehog score (yeah, it's that serious), and more. It's a must listen and the perfect fit for a Friday. Check it out.