Thundercat is a true gem in the music world. The past couple of years have seen the bassist acting as the critical backbone for Kendrick Lamar‘s critically-acclaimed To Pimp A Butterfly and breaking (further) out on his own with his third solo release The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam…he’s also contributed his genius to several other projects by the likes of Kamasi Washington, Terrace Martin, Ty Dolla $ign, Mac Miller, Kirk Knight and — of course — Flying Lotus.
Now, the Brainfeeder artist is back with a fourth full-length offering titled Drunk, which comes with one of the dopest album covers imaginable (above). Presumably, the 23 (!) track project — which features contributions from Kendrick, Wiz Khalifa, Pharrell Williams and more — will keep with some kind of alcohol-infused concept; a look at the tracklisting sees songs like “DUI”, “Drink Dat” and the title cut.
This week, Thundercat drops off a nostalgic, syrup-y smooth track from Drunk titled “Show You The Way”, which features (wait for it) Kenny “Footloose” Loggins and freakin’ Michael McDonald, which is every bit as awesome as one would expect it to be. It’s both a blast from the past and a journey to the future simultaneously, thanks to classic vocals, spacey, somewhat-psychedelic keys and — of course — that magnetic signature bassline. In a recent Red Bull Music Academy sit-down, Thundercat (real name: Stephen Bruner) spoke on working with the timeless legends of Rock & Soul:
These are guys that I’ve listened to and where I felt that I’ve learned that honesty in the music. Kenny Loggins is one of my favourite songwriters… I think one of the most beautiful moments of it was realizing how amazing Michael McDonald was. He would go through so many ideas and have so much to offer.
Check out “Show You The Way” below, along with Drunk‘s tracklisting — the latter of which arrives February 24th (pre-order via iTunes). You can also head to Brainfeeder’s official website to see Thundercat’s forthcoming world tour dates in support of the album.
1. “Rabbot Ho”
2. “Captain Stupido”
3. “Uh Uh”
4. “Bus in These Streets”
5. “A Fan’s Mail (Tron Song Suite II)”
6. “Lava Lamp”
8. “Day and Night”
9. “Show You The Way” Feat. Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins
10. “Walk on By” Feat. Kendrick Lamar
13. “Jameel’s Space Ride”
14. “Friend Zone”
15. “Them Changes”
16. “Where I’m Going”
17. “Drink Dat” Feat. Wiz Khalifa
19. “I Am Crazy”
22. “The Turn Down” Feat. Pharrell
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