By now you probably know that Thundercat’s third album Drunk is a fast-moving masterpiece that augments his George Duke / Stanley Clarke-influenced fusion style with shades of Zappa and Todd Rundgren. An A Wizard, A True Star for our times, even, but one that finds room for Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins! The album’s richness and detail make it a great candidate for a chopped and screwed treatment. Slower, longer, and deeper, this slurred, sticky, double cup purple version is a massively fun alternative route to Thundercat’s fiendish funk, intricate basslines and soulful vocals.
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Viz Top Tip. Save money on buying this record by slowing down the pitch of your record player by about a sixth and playing your copy of 'Drunk'.
Because that's all they've done here. Certain parts have a beautiful wooziness to them that is missing from the original, rather hyper record but the general feeling in the office is that Thundercat is taking the piss a bit here. There's no re-interpretation of the tracks, no remixes, reworks, additional musical segments. Just the original album slowed down with the odd shout out and glitch and turntable scratch.
Thundercat is perfectly happy then in his stoned out LA bubble smirking with his pals about his high concept ideas and jokey albums. Here's is a good a time as any to admit to not being a real fan of 'Drunk' - too silly, too many in jokes, some marvellous musical accomplishments but it kind of made me dislike him. This though is just a waste of time for all concerned. It's hard to listen to, hard to fathom, the worlds resources being used up to enable a late night stoned idea that surely should have been stopped at some point along the line by anyone with a modicum of sense.
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