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Stream Thundercat The Beyond / Where The Giants Roam

Thundercat, aka Stephen Bruner, was a key member of the collective that made Kendrick Lamar’s jazzy hip-hop meditation To Pimp A Butterfly one of the year’s best releases. He was also part of Kamasi Washington’s lauded new jazz record The Epic. But now, Thundercat is finally releasing his own new solo record, a surprise mini-album… More »

By: Caitlin White / June 22, 2015 - 11:32 am

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

Sometimes, it’s ridiculously hard for us to debate our favorite songs of the past 7 days, but this week, the choice seemed fairly obvious. This list comprises singles from artists with an array of genre-inclinations, and as usual, there’s something for everyone. We’re repping jazz-funk, unorthodox pop, jagged guitar-driven folk-rock, and knee-to-the-gut verses that make… More »

By: Stereogum / June 19, 2015 - 4:36 pm

Thundercat – “Them Changes” (Feat. Flying Lotus & Kamasi Washington) + The Beyond / Where The Giants Roam Mini-Album Details

Stephen Bruner (bka Thundercat) will release his first solo material in two years next week on his old label, Brainfeeder, after having worked on two of the best-received records of 2015 so far: Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly and Kamasi Washington’s jazz odyssey The Epic. The Beyond / Where The Giants Roam has bee… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / June 18, 2015 - 12:31 pm

Who’s Who On Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly

Even after less than a week’s worth of impressions, To Pimp A Butterfly leaves a distinct impression: Kendrick Lamar needs a lot of collaborators to help him figure out who has his back. Kendrick’s focus on working his post-fame nerves from every angle — self-awareness, self-doubt, self-centeredness, self-love — pushes back against the ego-trip narrative… More »

By: Nate Patrin / March 18, 2015 - 1:42 pm

Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly Features George Clinton, Snoop Dogg, Thundercat

The tracklist for Kendrick Lamar’s new album To Pimp A Butterfly surfaced last week, but didn’t have any features attached. Now, iTunes has the official tracklist up and, along with that, the confirmed features for each of the songs. There aren’t that many: George Clinton appears on opening track “Wesley’s Theory,” along with Thundercat who’… More »

By: James Rettig / March 15, 2015 - 9:29 pm

Solange Enlists Beyoncé, Dave Longstreth, Ariel Rechtshaid, A-Trak To Reflect On D’Angelo’s Voodoo

January 25 marked the 15th anniversary of D’Angelo’s seminal Voodoo. Its follow-up, Black Messiah, dropped out of nowhere back in December and it’s a total masterpiece. If anything, it underscores Voodoo’s well-established greatness. Solange’s label, Saint Records, published an homage to Voodoo on the site Saint Heron, asking for musicians to contribute a few word… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / February 4, 2015 - 1:31 pm

Hear Flying Lotus Play Unreleased Tracks, Interview Herbie Hancock On BBC Radio 1

Flying Lotus hosted his first BBC Radio 1 Residency last night, joining a roster that’s included James Blake, SOHN, Jacques Green, and (starting next week) Jon Hopkins. He had a few surprises to share: an unreleased Thundercat song, a new edit of his Kendrick Lamar collaboration “Never Catch Me,” and two unreleased tracks called “Theme… More »

By: James Rettig / January 16, 2015 - 8:29 am

Watch Kendrick Lamar Debut A New Song On Colbert

Kendrick Lamar performed an untitled new song on The Colbert Report tonight. His appearance was announced last week as part of the talk show’s final week, and he’s the show’s last musical guest. The new song is very intense and the polar opposite of lead single “i,” opting for a minimal beat that gradually build… More »

By: James Rettig / December 17, 2014 - 12:18 am

Thundercat – “Tron Song” Video (Dir. Eric Andre)

Well, the video for Thundercat’s “Tron Song” is probably going to be one of the weirdest ways you spend three minutes all year. It starts out with a giant stuffed tiger wearing a wig, moves onto Thundercat digging around in some kitty litter and finding a gun, and only gets more surreal from there. Marked… More »

By: James Rettig / September 10, 2014 - 6:43 pm

Flying Lotus – “Moment Of Hesitation” (Feat. Herbie Hancock & Thundercat)

Flying Lotus shared the first track from his new album You’re Dead! on BBC Radio 6 today. It’s called “Moment of Hesitation” and features Herbie Hancock and Thundercat. He also was interviewed by Gilles Peterson and talks about the new album, which he says started off as a jazz record, his excitement over moving over… More »

By: James Rettig / August 23, 2014 - 3:36 pm

Watch A Cool, Animated Trailer For Flying Lotus’ You’re Dead!

Late last month, Flying Lotus finally announced his fifth album, You’re Dead! (that’s its trippy cover art above) and now we’ve got some more news on it, including its guest stars. Not surprisingly, the album features appearances from Brainfeeder acolyte Thundercat, and Captain Murphy (which is really just FlyLo’s alter ego), but then there are… More »

By: Miles Bowe / August 13, 2014 - 1:01 pm

Watch Video Of Bonnaroo’s Skrillex Superjam Feat. Lauryn Hill, Warpaint, Zedd, Robbie Krieger, A$AP Ferg, Janelle Monáe, & Others

Skrillex was tasked with putting together this year’s Bonnaroo Superjam and he curated a star-studded lineup, including Lauryn Hill, Warpaint, Zedd, Doors guitarist Robbie Krieger, A$AP Ferg, Janelle Monáe, Thundercat, and more. Most of the artists stuck to covers, with Warpaint doing their take on Technotronic’s “Pump Up The Jam” and David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance,”… More »

By: James Rettig / June 15, 2014 - 4:18 pm

Kimbra Announces The Golden Echo Feat. Flying Lotus, Dave Longstreth, John Legend, Matt Bellamy

The Golden Echo will be Kimbra Lee Johnson’s second album, but if you knew about the New Zealand singer before this year, it’s probably from her contribution to Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know.” That song was inescapable in 2012 and deservedly won the Record Of The Year Grammy last year. The strength of… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / June 10, 2014 - 10:16 am

Skrillex, Janelle Monaé, Warpaint, Chance The Rapper, Thundercat To Join Forces For Bonnaroo Superjam

Bonnaroo has announced the lineups for a trio of Superjams at this year’s festival. The annual improv sessions have previously featured D’Angelo’s return to the public eye and the one-time-only collision of John Oates, R. Kelly, and Billy Idol, and at least one of this year’s two lineups seems primed to offer something memorable. That’d… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 7, 2014 - 12:10 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

For whatever reason, this is the week that many of the old music-video-director gods awakened to walk the earth again. Their names, chanted aloud, inspire nothing but fear in the hearts of the music-video directors of today: Gondry! Romanek! Pellington! Those younger directors, the ones used to working on YouTube budgets, hoped and prayed that… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 14, 2014 - 3:28 pm

Thundercat – “Evangelion”/”We’ll Die” Video

Thundercat is a bass virtuoso and a frequent Flying Lotus collaborator who made a beautifully spacey soul album called Apocalypse last year. But in his new video for “Evangelion” and “We’ll Die,” two songs from Apocalypse, he’s something else: A futuristic samurai warrior, stoically trudging through a blasted desertscape with his sword and his guitar. More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 12, 2014 - 11:53 am

Download Flying Lotus’ “Ideas+drafts+loops” Featuring “Black Skinhead” Remix

Looks like Christmas is coming a little early for fans of electronic music. Flying Lotus just took to Twitter to release a zip stuffed with, as he puts it, “Ideas+drafts+loops.” The best surprise you’ll find is a remix of Kanye West’s “Black Skinhead” (download that below) featuring his long time collaborator and bass guitar virtuoso… More »

By: Miles Bowe / December 10, 2013 - 4:37 pm

Watch Thundercat Play Fallon

On the heels of the release of his sophomore album Apocalypse this summer, Thundercat stopped by Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last week to sit in with the Roots. He also performed a web exclusive rendition of his Flying Lotus-assisted track “Heartbreaks + Setbacks,” which you can now watch below. The Los Angeles musician embark… More »

By: James Rettig / October 1, 2013 - 5:28 pm

Thundercat – “Bowzer’s Theme”

Hiroshi Yamauchi started working at Nintendo in 1947, when it was a small company that made playing cards. There, he eventually rose to the CEO position and oversaw the development of the Nintendo Entertainment System, the Game Boy, the Super Nintendo, and the GameCube, and he left his thumbprint on the brains of millions of… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 26, 2013 - 12:08 pm

Captain Murphy – “Between Villains” (Feat. Viktor Vaughn, Earl Sweatshirt, & Thundercat)

The latest track in this summer’s Adult Swim Singles Series is called “Between Villains,” and it features a murderer’s row of rap-friendly astral travelers: Bass-music space cadet Flying Lotus (in his rapping Captain Murphy guise), masked rap enigma DOOM (in his tough-guy Viktor Vaughn guise), insanely gifted Odd Future introvert Earl Sweatshirt, and soul-jazz singer… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 16, 2013 - 11:16 am
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