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ALBUM REVIEW: THUNDERCAT – THE BEYOND/ WHERE THE GIANTS ROAM

If you liked Kendrick Lamar’s critically acclaimed sophomore album “To Pimp A Butterfly” then you should automatically like Thundercat because he was basically the “creative epicenter” behind the production of that album. This year I’ve been drawn to his music more than ever, and not just him but most of the artists on the Brainfeeder roster including Flying Lotus and Kamasi Washington. They all make the kind of stuff that challenges you to open up your mind and really fall in love with organically created music. I love Thundercat especially because he makes an experimental blend of soulful neo-soul , jazz and funk.

His debut album “The Golden Age of Apocalypse”  was an overwhelmingly colorful album with a futuristic funky sound.  He later released “Apocalypse” which has the song “Tenfold” which is easily my favorite Thundercat song.  With this new E.P , Thundercat pops in to remind us that he’s still a musical force on his own despite his work with many high profile artists this past year.

He maintains his unique grooviness, but this record seems to have a more psychedelic , kind of interstellar sound.  It’s more complex and somewhat dark as a lot of the lyrics on this mini LP imply death and sadness. The main single from it “Them Changes” is a monster track with an Isley Brother’s sample and that Flying Lotus production that we know and absolutely love. It’s an addictive joint with flawless chord changes and vocals that blend fittingly to remind you that funk is forever.   When I heard it I was just like “ohhh Thunder’s back!”

Nevertheless, this E.P makes a huge statement and gives you a feeling of satisfaction that many full length albums often fail to achieve. It’s a good little comeback for Thunder and kind of a nice taste before we get another full length LP! Check it out.

TCW RATING: 6.5/10

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