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Thundercat feat. BADBADNOTGOOD & Flying Lotus – King of the Hill

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.

Thundercat – Drunk LP

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Thundercat will release his third full-length studio album “Drunk” on 24th February 2017 via Brainfeeder. The album is a 23-track epic journey into the often hilarious, sometimes dark mind of the Grammy-winning singer/bassist and finds a few of his friends joining him along the way including: Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell, Michael McDonald (Steely Dan/The Doobie Brothers), Kenny Loggins (Footloose / Top Gun), Wiz Khalifa, Kamasi Washington and Brainfeeder mastermind Flying Lotus. “Drunk” is the follow up to his widely praised 2015 mini album “The Beyond / Where The Giants Roam”, and features fan favourite tracks ‘Bus In These Streets’ and ‘Them Changes’.

‘Show You The Way’ is the first single from “Drunk”, and the ballad features two of Thundercat’s heroes: iconic musicians Kenny Loggins and Michael McDonald. Thundercat mentioned his love of Loggins several times during his press tour for “The Beyond…”, leading to an introduction via his keyboard player Dennis Hamm. He said in a recent interview: “These are guys that I’ve listened to and where I felt that I’ve learned that honesty in the music. Kenny Loggins is one of my favourite songwriters.” Loggins was the one that suggested bringing McDonald in on the track and, Thundercat adds: “I think one of the most beautiful moments was realising how amazing Michael McDonald is. He would go through so many ideas and have so much to offer.”

Thundercat also notes: “That song to me is about going down the rabbit hole, taking you to another place… On the edge of dark, there’s the brightest light. It means a lot to me in the sense of… the experience that I’ve had growing up with friends and people that I’ve been around where it’s inviting them into where I come from emotionally. Sometimes it’s a pretty intense thing. The point is how weird things can get. I feel like it’s very funny that, in a way, of course Michael McDonald and Kenny would be there.”

The album title, like the rest of the album, is meant to be both humorous and serious. “I’ve always tried to hold true to what Erykah Badu and Flying Lotus told me: It has to come from an honest place. I feel like it’s a place that I’ve been in different ways, seen different angles of and it’s been a bit inspirational – the drinking. It has its ups and downs and everything, but I felt like it showed the human side of what goes on behind things, something that I see with all of my friends… I felt like it was kind of interweaved in the music culture. And it’s something that’s never talked about.”

For more on the album and “Show You The Way,” read an excerpt of Thundercat’s upcoming Red Bull Music Academy Daily feature here

“Drunk” is released on 24th February on CD / Digital formats via Brainfeeder, with the vinyl format – comprising four red 10”s housed in a lift-off box featuring photography by Eddie Alcazar and artwork by Zack Fox – following on 10th March 2017. All formats are available to preorder now

Tracklisting
01. Rabbot Ho
02. Captain Stupido
03. Uh Uh
04. Bus In These Streets
05. A Fan’s Mail (Tron Song Suite II)
06. Lava Lamp
07. Jethro
08. Day & Night
09. Show You The Way (feat. Michael McDonald & Kenny Loggins)
10. Walk On By (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
11. Blackkk
12. Tokyo
13. Jameel’s Space Ride
14. Friend Zone
15. Them Changes
16. Where I’m Going
17. Drink Dat (feat. Wiz Khalifa)
18. Inferno
19. I Am Crazy
20. 3AM
21. Drunk
22. The Turn Down (feat. Pharrell)
23. DUI

Coldcut – Only Heaven feat. Roots Manuva

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Coldcut, the British DJ and production duo that founded Ninja Tune in 1990, have shared a new single, “Only Heaven” featuring Roots Manuva and Thundercat. Out via their re-launched label, Ahead of Our Time.

Thundercat – Bus In These Streets

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Thundercat lands with a comedic ode to our dependence on technology with brand new single Bus In These Streets – the first new music from the virtuoso bassist and singer-songwriter since 2015’s The Beyond / Where The Giants Roam. The track also features Louis Cole (keyboards, drums, programming); and Steve Ellison aka Flying Lotus (programming, editing), with artwork by Thundercat’s friend Bootymath…

Thundercat joins Flying Lotus, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Shabazz Palaces and The Gaslamp Killer at the upcoming Brainfeeder Showcase at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on 17th September 2016. Tickets on sale now….

WOKE (Flying Lotus, Shabazz Palaces, Thundercat) feat. George Clinton – The Lavishments of Light Looking

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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.

Thundercat – Them Changes

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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.