He wasn’t gone that long, still I missed Thundercat, and I know I’m not alone. This celebrated bassist, who laced Kendrick Lamar’s multiple Grammy-winning opus ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’, dropped ‘The Beyond/Where Giants Roam‘ June last year to rave reviews. It was more of a collaborative project with way-out-the-box producer Flying Lotus and, as FlyLo himself stated, a creative spill-over from Kendrick’s masterpiece and his own ‘You’re Dead!’.
Now the 31 year-old Los Angeles native has a new single out that has a markedly different vibe from his last project. ‘Bus In These Streets’ has a genuinely happy vibe; you can almost see Thundercat smiling rosily as he pinches notes out of the bass and washes the microphone with his mellow tenor. It sounds like a simple sing-along that wouldn’t be out of place in Sesame Street but you don’t have to be a musician or producer to decipher the complex detailing that has gone into piecing this tune together. Those deft organ touches, the precise vocal harmonies, the way the drums have been tamed enough to add to the flighty mood rather than detract from it. It’s typical Thundercat; gunning for perfection and leaving absolutely nothing to chance. The lyrics serve a higher purpose too. They are a snide reminder that there’s life beyond our mobile device screens.
Miami Based, Internationally Known