Stream: Listen to Flying Lotus’ Thundercat mix, ‘Shenanigans pt. 1′
Get your hands on Flying Lotus’ new mix, comprised of material by ‘Cosmogramma’ collaborator and bass virtuoso Thundercat (aka Stephen Bruner). Thundercat’s highly anticipated debut, ‘The Golden Age of Apocalypse’, is released next month on Brainfeeder.
Chances are you might have already heard Thundercat without knowing. A native of South Los Angeles, Bruner got his first bass at the age of 4 and first practiced to the Ninja Turtles soundtrack until his father played him Jaco Pastorius. By 15, he’d scored a hit in Germany as part of the short-lived boy band No Curfew. At 16, he toured Japan with soul man Leon Ware and joined thrash legends Suicidal Tendencies (he’s still their bassist).
More road and studio time followed, with everyone from Stanley Clarke to Snoop Dogg to Eric Benét. Eventually the name Thundercat stuck, a reference to the cartoon he’s loved since childhood and an extension of Bruner’s wide-eyed, vibrant, often superhuman approach to his craft. As one writer put it, he’s “a mutant jazz cat”.
Thundercat worked with Flying Lotus on both ‘Cosmogramma’ and ‘Pattern+Grid World’. Now the Brainfeeder founder FlyLo is offering up ‘Shenanigans pt .1′ to, in his words, “get you familiar with the man who’s contributed his unique sound to so many records I love”.
Thundercat’s ‘The Golden Age of Apocalypse’ is out 2nd Sept on Brainfeeder