Mind-bending bassist, and frequent Flying Lotus collaborator, Thundercat releases the mini-album The Beyond/Where the Giants Roam. Not only does FlyLo help out on these jazzy electro numbers, but the legendary Herbie Hancock lends his fingers to keyboards and pal Kamasi Washington is on hand as well. This bold digi-funk comes on 180 gram red vinyl.
8/10 Clinton Staff review, 17 February 2016
Almost offensively full of warm vibraphones and equally warm vocals, it seems that Thundercat is taking the piss out of our cold corridors.
This is Thundercat in a much more understated mode than on the previous duel 'Apocalypse' themed records. Though that wobbly bass is present, it's just wandering along for the golden ride and not trying to upstage anything. Percussion is unintrusive and instead the beauty of the record lies in the warm atmospheres created instead of any virtuosity. It's post-soft top down twilit soul that drifts. It has one absolute killer track in 'Them Changes' that uses that wobbly Stevie Wonder clavinet sound picking out a lovely descending chord sequence while joyful piano joins the party just for fun. You got to hear this. You know 'Master Blaster'? Imagine that... drenched in sunlight.
I'm not sure why this record has slipped out so quietly. It's absolutely brilliant, and ol' Fly Lo makes a guestie on 'Lone Wolf and Cub', a tune which perfectly surmises the laid back minimal funk and adds beautiful orchestration. Oh, just imagine those golden summer afternoons with this on the turntable.
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