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The Golden Age Of Apocalypse (Ten Year Anniversary Edition) - Black Friday Edition

    AVAILABLE ONLINE ON SATURDAY NOVEMBER 27TH FROM 8AM.

    LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.


    Deluxe reissue to celebrate the 10th anniversary of GRAMMY winning artist Thundercat’s debut album from 2011: the record that introduced Thundercat to the world as a truly mercurial talent.

    Executive produced by his longtime musical partner Flying Lotus and featuring musical contributions from Erykah Badu, Taylor Graves, Austin Peralta, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Kamasi Washington, Brandon Coleman, Chris “Daddy” Dave, Shafiq Husayn, Om’Mas Keith and more.

    Universally acclaimed for its enthusiastic fusion and adventurous spirit, the record embraces “electronic music's futuristic sound-sculpting and reconnects it with the history of African-American pop” resulting in a “densely layered, expertly played, genre-crossing marvel” (Pitchfork).

    Translucent red LP housed in a beautiful gold sleeve with large Thundercat logo hologram sticker and gold holofoil detail.

    Includes two bonus tracks: ‘$200 TB’ and ‘Daylight (Reprise)’. 

    Recommended if you like: Flying Lotus, Anderson. Paak, Kamasi Washington, BADBADNOTGOOD

    Limited to 1500 copies for the UK and Ireland.

    TRACK LISTING

    SIDE A
    A1. HooooooO
    A2. Daylight
    A3. Fleer Ultra
    A4. Is It Love?
    A5. For Love (I Come Your Friend)
    A6. It Really Doesn’t Matter To You
    A7. Jamboree
    SIDE B
    B1. Boat Cruise
    B2. Seasons
    B3. Goldenboy
    B4. Walkin'
    B5. Mystery Machine (The Golden Age Of Apocalypse)
    B6. Return To The Journey
    B7. $200 TB
    B8. Daylight (Reprise)

    Thundercat

    It Is What It Is

      “It Is What It Is” was produced by Flying Lotus and Thundercat and features musical contributions from Ty Dolla $ign, Childish Gambino, Lil B, Kamasi Washington, Steve Lacy, Steve Arrington, BADBADNOTGOOD, Louis Cole and Zack Fox. The album follows his game-changing third album “Drunk” (2017). That record completed his transition from virtuoso bassist to bonafide star and cemented his reputation as a unique voice that transcends genre. “This album is about love, loss, life and the ups and downs that come with that,” Bruner says about “It Is What It Is”. “It’s a bit tongue-in-cheek, but at different points in life you come across places that you don’t necessarily understand… some things just aren’t meant to be understood.”

      The unruly bounce of new single ‘Black Qualls’ is classic Thundercat, teaming up with Steve Lacy (The Internet) and Funk icon Steve Arrington (Slave). It’s another example of Stephen Lee Bruner’s desire to highlight the lineage of his music and pay his respects to the musicians who inspired him. Discovering Arrington’s output in his late teens, Bruner says he fell in love with his music immediately: “The tone of the bass, the way his stuff feels and moves, it resonated through my whole body.”

      ‘Black Qualls’ emerged from writing sessions with Lacy, whom Thundercat describes as “the physical incarnate of the Ohio Players in one person - he genuinely is a funky ass dude”. It references what it means to be a black American with a young mindset: “What it feels like to be in this position right now… the weird ins and outs, we’re talking about those feelings… Part of me knew this [track] was where Steve [Arrington] left us.”

      For fans of Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino, Flying Lotus, Kamasi
      Washington, BADBADNOTGOOD.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Millie says: Thundercat is the definition of cool, I think we can all agree. ‘It Is What It Is’ confirmed this with the blend of funk, streaked with an electronic-fusion and unique boldness. Characteristically fast, energetic and unrelentingly stylish.

      TRACK LISTING

      Vinyl:
      A-Side
      1. Lost In Space / Great Scott / 22-26
      2. Innerstellar Love
      3. I Love Louis Cole (feat. Louis Cole)
      4. Black Qualls (feat. Steve Lacy, Steve Arrington, & Childish Gambino)
      5. Miguel's Happy Dance
      6. How Sway
      7. Funny Thing
      B-Side
      1. Overseas (feat. Zack Fox)
      2. Dragonball Durag
      3. How I Feel
      4. King Of The Hill
      5. Unrequited Love
      6. Fair Chance (feat. Ty Dolla $ign & Lil B)
      7. Existential Dread
      8. It Is What It Is

      CD:
      1. Lost In Space / Great Scott / 22-26
      2. Innerstellar Love
      3. I Love Louis Cole (feat. Louis Cole)
      4. Black Qualls (feat. Steve Lacy, Steve Arrington, & Childish Gambino)
      5. Miguel's Happy Dance
      6. How Sway
      7. Funny Thing
      8. Overseas (feat. Zack Fox)
      9. Dragonball Durag
      10. How I Feel
      11. King Of The Hill
      12. Unrequited Love
      13. Fair Chance (feat. Ty Dolla $ign & Lil B)
      14. Existential Dread
      15. It Is What It Is (feat. Pedro Martins)

      Thundercat, OG Ron C & The Chopstars

      Drank

        Brainfeeder presents a special "chopped not slopped” mix of Thundercat’s incredible album “Drunk” (2017) by DJ Candlestick and OG Ron C of legendary Houston DJ collective The Chopstars. Slowed down, chopped up and pressed on purple vinyl, the mix has been appropriately re-titled “Drank”. “If you got ‘Drunk’ it’s only right that you get ‘Drank’. I feel like they go together” declares Thundercat.

        Recommended if you like… Flying Lotus, BADBADNOTGOOD, Kendrick Lamar, DJ Screw ∙ 2LP limited edition purple vinyl edition housed in artworked inners inside a 5mm spined outer sleeve. Photography by Eddie Alcazar and artwork by Zack Fox.

        Includes MP3 download code.

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Millie says: In the words of Kendrick Lamar 'Pour up, drank, head shot, drank, sit down, drank, stand up, drank'. Drank is the sequel to Thundercat’s previous release last year ‘Drunk’, remixed and all freshened up to provide the jazziest of vibes you could ever need.

        TRACK LISTING

        Rabbot Ho (Chopnotslop Remix)
        Drink Dat (ft Wiz Khalifa) (Chopnotslop Remix)
        Lava Lamp (Chopnotslop Remix)
        Weakstyle (Chopnotslop Remix)
        Show You The Way (ft Michael McDonald & Kenny Loggins) (Chopnotslop Remix)
        Where I'm Going (Chopnotslop Remix)
        Tokyo (Chopnotslop Remix)
        Uh Uh (Chopnotslop Remix)
        Inferno (Chopnotslop Remix)
        Them Changes (Chopnotslop Remix)
        I Am Crazy (Chopnotslop Remix)
        3AM (Chopnotslop Remix)
        Jethro (Chopnotslop Remix)
        The Turn Down (ft Pharrell) (Chopnotslop Remix)
        Walk On By (ft Kendrick Lamar) (Chopnotslop Remix)
        Day & Night (Chopnotslop Remix)
        A Fan’s Mail (Tron Song Suite II) (Chopnotslop Remix)
        Jameel’s Space Ride (Chopnotslop Remix)
        Captain Stupido (Chopnotslop Remix)
        Friend Zone (Chopnotslop Remix)
        Bus In These Streets (Chopnotslop Remix)
        DUI (Chopnotslop Remix)
        Blackkk (Chopnotslop Remix)
        Drunk (Chopnotslop Remix)

        Grammy Award winning singer songwriter, virtuoso bassist and long-standing member of Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder family, Thundercat returns with his incredible new album ‘Drunk’.

        23 tracks deep, ‘Drunk’ features an insane cast of guests including Pharrell, Kendrick Lamar, Wiz Khalifa, Flying Lotus, Kamasi Washington and certified legends Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins.

        For fans of Flying Lotus, BADBADNOTGOOD, Kendrick Lamar, Childish Gambino. 2016 saw Thundercat win his first Grammy award for his contribution to ‘These Walls’ from Kendrick Lamar’s opus ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’. He also played the landmark Brainfeeder showcase at the Hollywood Bowl alongside Flying Lotus, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Shabazz Palaces and The Gaslamp Killer and he released the single ‘Bus In These Streets’ to universal acclaim. He also guested on Comedy Central’s Why? With Hannibal Buress and cult late-night talk show The Eric André Show.

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Patrick says: Thundercat returns with more mutant funk noodle and hypnotic concentric boogie on this brand new TWENTY THREE! track album. Boasting a stunning array of guest stars including long time homies Kendrick, Pharell, Wiz Cauliflower, Fly Lo and Kamasi alongside yacht rock heroes Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins, this is an arena spectacular of an LP. Ambitious and excellent future funk.

        TRACK LISTING

        Rabbot Ho
        Captain Stupido
        Uh Uh
        Bus In These Streets
        A Fan’s Mail (Tron Song Suite II)
        Lava Lamp
        Jethro
        Day & Night
        Show You The Way (Ft Michael McDonald & Kenny Loggins)
        Walk On By (Ft Kendrick Lamar)
        Blackkk
        Tokyo
        Jameel’s Space Ride
        Friend Zone
        Them Changes
        Where I’m Going
        Drink Dat (Ft Wiz Khalifa)
        Inferno
        I Am Crazy
        3AM
        Drunk
        The Turn Down (ft Pharrell)
        DUI

        Forever a wildcat and wild card, Los Angeles’ bassist / songwriter / vocalist Stephen Bruner, aka Thundercat, is impossible to tame artistically. A true master of his craft, he can be found playing bass with Flying Lotus, Erykah Badu and Suicidal Tendencies, in the same breath as performing live with the likes of Stanley Clarke, Snoop Dogg or the Red Hot Chili Peppers. His 2011 solo debut ('The Golden Age of Apocalypse', co-produced by Flying Lotus) created an equally genre-blurring enigma of indie rock and jazz, with a touch of electronica.

        On his second album, 'Apocalypse', Thundercat pairs up with executive producer Flying Lotus to pull the veil back and reveal the simple truths of the cycle of life, for all its beauty and destruction. An album about loss and rebuilding, trying to gain something back, and capturing that moment of clarity where one finally finds feet back on the ground again. Bringing a fusion of pop, soul, electronica, prog rock and funk into an unexplored dimension, the album slowly descends and tunnels to the core of what it takes to grasp peace, at a time that it seems most far.

        From the deep, rumbling entrance of ‘Tenfold,’ each of the 12 tracks coalesce with Thundercat’s signature bass, his riffs and basslines gliding sky high to meet Fly Lo’s astral touch. Bruner’s vocals and harmonies also soar with open honesty, rising above heartbreak with uplifting odes to love and companionship (‘Tron Song’) and wise mantras to live by (‘Special Stage’). The album plays as a comedy and tragedy at the same time, delicately addressing tracks like ‘We’ll Die’ while bringing the all-out cosmic funk of the anthemic ‘Oh Sheit, it’s X.’

        As heavy as the lyrical weight may be, the divine musicality of Flying Lotus, and Thundercat’s instrumental collaborations, brings light. Navigating dense rhythms and intense harmonic progressions, the LP pushes through the hypnotic strands of ‘The Life Aquatic,’ the analogue explorations of ‘Lotus & The Jondy’ (recorded in Adrian Younge’s studio with drummer Thomas Pridgen), and Thundercat and Lotus’ prog rock jam ‘Seven,’ a spontaneous improv recording that organically materialized in less than an hour. It’s no wonder the kindred pair often refer to their freeform sessions as “going to space.” Continually pushing tracks to their furthest point, they take the listener to another place completely – somewhere beyond time, a place that transcends this realm. As the aforementioned track ‘Seven’ (named for its challenging time signature) asks, “Can you hear the sounds of infinity?”


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