Thundercat, the project of Los Angeles' bassist Stephen Bruner,
a latter-day member of punk outfit
Suicidal Tendencies and a collaborator of
Flying Lotus, debuted solo with the
oneiric songs of The Golden Age of Apocalypse (2011), produced by Flying Lotus, that sounded
like a classy tribute to
commercial fusion jazz of the 1970s
(including a cover of George Duke's For Love I Come).
Apocalypse (2013), mostly a collaboration with Flying Lotus,
was a sleeker and smoother version of the idea, with vocals on almost all
pieces, leaning towards the neo-soul experience, partially redeemed by
Oh Sheit It's X and the instrumental
Bruner worked on Flying Lotus' You're Dead, Kamasi Washington's The Epic, and Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly.
The EP The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam (2015) contains another notable collaboration with Flying Lotus, Them Changes.
A mediocre singer (singing mediocre ballads), Thundercat injected more instrumental energy into the
brief 23 songs of the concept album Drunk (2017), which include the
witty Captain Stupido and Friend Zone. A messy album with a lot
of fluff. Walk On By features Kendrick Lamar.
Like the previous album,
It Is What It Is (2020), co-produced with Flying Lotus,
explores a lot of ideas but leaves all of them unfinished. It is mostly
notable for the warm and elegant production.
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