One of the most hotly anticipated collaborations of the year, Thundercat collides with BADBADNOTGOOD and the result is ‘King of the Hill’ – a perfectly imperfect fusion of Stephen Bruner’s inimitable falsetto and fretwork with a signature BBNG slumped backbeat and Flying Lotus production.
It is featured on the forthcoming 36 track “Brainfeeder X” compilation celebrating a decade of the label’s fearless output. A beautiful 4LP vinyl box set designed by Charles Munka (creator of the original Brainfeeder logo) will be released on 16 November 2018 alongside 2CD and Digital formats. The list of classics is scarcely contained over two volumes – one is retrospective, the other comprises an unreleased future canon.
Movements rise and fall, but the ideas espoused over the last ten orbits remain indelible. If Brainfeeder hadn’t built the future, no one else could have even dreamed it.
Pre-order / pre-save / pre-add “Brainfeeder X” album here.
With his sixth studio album ALL WET due out today, the inimitable producer and filmmaker MR. OIZO aka Quentin Dupieux presents a weird and wonderful short film featuring some of the many guests on the album (or a close approximation of them).
Eagle-eyed viewers might notice Flying Lotus–on whose Brainfeeder label OIZO released his Moustache (Hald A Scissor) album in 2011–playing super producer Skrillex, who featured on recent single “End of the World.” Other ALL WET guests Boys Noize and Peaches are also represented along with OIZO’s erstwhile partner in crime, FLAT ERIC. Not to mention a rubber-faced, blood-spattered Donald J Trump.
Speaking to DAZED about the video, DUPIEUX commented, “I need to make all these random ideas work together and create some logic inside the random. Collecting ideas in the air, like Donald Trump. There’s no comment on him- I don’t give a shit-this is just pure nonsense, joy, and fun.”
DUPIEUX’s filmmaking career began when he picked up a camera and starting making movies at age 12, and shortly after began composing electronic music as a means to soundtrack his films. His teenage movies were bought by Canal+ and his first EP under the name of MR. OIZO was released in 1997. In 1999 DUPIEUX was asked to make a TV commercial for Levi’s and FLAT ERIC was born, a furry yellow character he created for the occasion. The track “Flat Beat” which was featured in the commercial topped the charts in Europe the first day it aired and FLAT ERIC instantly became an electro superstar and a pop culture icon of the ’90s.
Since then, DUPIEUX has directed 6 full-length films (Nonfilm, Steak, Rubber, Wrong, Wrong Cops, Reality), released 5 MR. OIZO LPs (Analog Worms Attack, Moustache (Half A Scissor), Lambs Anger, Stade 2 and The Church), 4 original soundtracks (Steak with Sebastien Tellier & SebastiAn, Rubber with Gaspard Augé, Wrong with Tahiti Boy, and Wrong Cops), and a number of EPs and remixes for the likes of Justice, Air, Calvin Harris, Tiga, Kavinsky, Scissor Sisters, Jamie Lidell and Boys Noize.
On ALL WET, MR. OIZO has invited friends to collaborate, ranging from the aforementioned Skrillex, Boys Noize and Peaches to pop hook genius Charli XCX and Siriusmo to name but a few. This isn’t a features album per se, it’s wall to wall OIZO production with a few curveballs thrown in. Irresistible.
ALL WET is available here: www.EdBanger.lnk.to/MrOizoAWet
“With the ability to travel in time, a lonely girl finds love and comfort by connecting with her past self. Eventually faced with rejection she struggles with her identity and gender, and as time folds onto itself only one of them can remain.”
WOKE (Flying Lotus, Shabazz Palaces, Thundercat) feat. George Clinton – The Lavishments of Light Looking
Instead of offering a new track solely from Flying Lotus as was originally planned, Adult Swim Singles is back today to share a track from newly-formed group WOKE. Spearheaded by Flying Lotus, WOKE is a new collaborative project formed by he, Thundercat and Shabazz Palaces. WOKE’s contribution to the series, entitled “The Lavishments Of Light Looking,” is produced by Flying Lotus and features vocals from the legendary George Clinton.
This year’s Singles program consists of 19 weeks of new releases that continue into October and features a forthcoming song from Run The Jewels. Stream “The Lavishments Of Light Looking” by WOKE via Soundcloud below or download it from adultswim.com/singles now.
Virtuoso bassist and singer-songwriter Stephen Bruner aka Thundercat returns to the Brainfeeder fold with his first solo material in two years, having already made outstanding contributions to not one, but two, of the greatest albums of 2015 – To Pimp a Butterfly and The Epic – by fellow Los Angelians Kendrick Lamar and Kamasi Washington.
Mini-album The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam picks up where 2013’s Apocalypse left off, with Thundercat joined on production duties by longtime sparring partner Flying Lotus for six spiralling excursions to the outer limits of jazz-funk. The legendary Herbie Hancock pops up on keyboards on ‘Lone Wolf & Cub’ and there are contributions from fellow Brainfeeder family members Kamasi Washington, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson and Mono/Poly on sax, strings and production respectively.
Stream ‘Them Changes’ co-produced by Thundercat and Flying Lotus, and featuring Kamasi Washington on saxophone. Mini-album ‘The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam’ will be released digitally on Monday 22nd June via Brainfeeder.
‘Coronus, The Terminator’ video by Flying Lotus is directed by Young Replicant. Taken from the producer’s acclaimed new album ‘You’re Dead!‘ Check out upcoming festivals at Coachella, Bonnaroo, Governor’s Ball and more live shows at http://flying-lotus.com.
The idea was to make “a jazz record” that would impress Miles Davis, “that would fuck him up,” Stephen Ellison aka Flying Lotus has said. As tough as Miles was, you get the sense that You’re Dead! would have done the job… (spotify link)
Here’s a gory video for Flying Lotus’ ‘Ready Err Not’, taken from his latest album, You’re Dead!. Directed and animated by David Firth.