Music For the Sole! Thundercat - Drunk
It's Monday, lets get drunk with Thundercat.
With best part of a decade spent in the shadows as L.A.'s premier virtuoso session bass player as well as songwriting credits with a literary of artists, Thundercat struck out as a writing and recording partner to Flying Lotus and as a major part of the recording process of Kendrick Lamar's 'To Pimp a Butterfly' & 'Untitled Unmastered', winning a Grammy for his part in the song writing of 'These Walls', his unmistakeable falsetto ringing out over the track.
Somewhat of a coming out party for Thundercat, the build-up for Drunk was a tentative one. Lead Singles 'Show You the Way' and 'Them Changes' showed a matured Thundercat with simpler arrangements that could showcase his vocal ability, as well as his unique bass playing. The former song featuring The Doobie Brothers singer Michael McDonald for a guest verse, the latter song grooves away with a drum sample of The Isley Brothers 'Footsteps in the Dark' (Same drums sampled for Ice Cube's 'It Was a Good Day'(TMYK))
Drunk is a particularly light-hearted venture for Thundercat following two cumbersome releases in Apocalypse and The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam. Both records alongside Flying Lotus' Your Dead strongly contemplated the idea of mortality, spurred on by the untimely passing of Jazz pianist and close collaborator Austin Peralta (Son of Stacey), who died in his sleep. You can tell on Drunk that Thundercat is moving on from a dark time, but it still has it's life questioning moments (Them Changes, Where I'm Going & Inferno) but maintains it's general theme as a tongue in cheek affair, the song Tokyo being an ode to Japanese pop culture with references to Dragon Ball Z amongst others.
Stand out album track is 'Friend Zone', Thundercat finding another musical styling in RnB to turn his hand too. Down tempo grooves being the perfect pallet for Thundercat to showcase his ability.
The album is feature heavy with guests Kenny Logins, the afore mentioned Michael Mcdonald, Kendrick Lamar, Wiz Khalifa, and Pharrell Williams that provide a star studded supporting cast.
All in all, Drunk continues a musical theme and precedent set by Thundercat's initial two albums, and improves on them with a mature touch of song writing. Keep a look out for his next feature on a potentially imminent Flying Lotus release.