Artist to Watch: Thundercat

Los Angeles bassist fuses pop, soul, EDM, funk and prog

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Untamed Los Angeles musician Thundercat has played bass with everyone from Erykah Badu and Suicidal Tendencies to current collaborator Flying Lotus. This certainly helps to clarify how the unique fusion of pop, soul, EDM, funk and prog-rock heard on Apocalypse – his just-released second album – took shape.  

The New Troublemakers: Thundercat

"Off Main St: Episode 1," the first in a series of new long format videos from Dilly Gent – known for her work with Radiohead – finds the performer born Stephen Bruner sharing his life off the stage and on. Shot live at the Echoplex and on location at hat merchant Gunner Foxx, Amoeba Music Hollywood and Meltdown Comics, this all-access music special asserts Thundercat is an innovative musical force, and a distinct character.

Weaving five original songs into the video, including the new number “Lotus and the Jondy” and live takes of material heard on his 2011 debut, The Golden Age of Apocalypse – the end result is a winning hybrid of a travel program and a music show that is worth both a look and a listen.     

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