The new mini-album from virtuosic bassist and singer-songwriter Thundercat is out now. The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam is the first solo material in two years from Stephen Bruner—the man behind the Thundercat handle. The 6-track album sees him returning to the Brainfeeder fold after having already made outstanding contributions to two of the best reviewed albums of 2015 to-date: Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly and Kamasi Washington’s The Epic.
The album’s funky first single “Them Changes,” co-produced by Thundercat and Flying Lotus and featuring Kamasi Washington on saxophone
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The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam takes listeners on six spiraling excursions to the outer limits of jazz-funk. The follow-up to his sonically adventurous and widely praised second album Apocalypse sees Thundercat team back up with longtime sparring partner Flying Lotus, who co-produced three of the albums tracks. The legendary Herbie Hancock also 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.
Look for Thundercat on the road later this year, including performances at the Low End Theory Festival in Los Angeles and the Afropunk Festival in Brooklyn.