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Thundercat- The Golden Age of Apocalypse (Album Review)

September 3, 2011

Micro Album Review

 

Released August 30, 2011 (Brainfeeder)

Thundercat’s debut album is a gorgeous minimalist jazzy soundscape. Featured on the album are interpolations of collaborations with other artists (Flying Lotus on “Mmmhmm” and Shafiq Husayn on “Love Still Hurts”). The light experimentation and free-form song structures are more in line with Brainfeeder’s unconventional style, while the jazz elements are reminiscent of Peralta’s Endless Planets. Even a little bit of ‘80s electronic funk influences make its way onto the album. There’s of course room for improvement and expansion; Thundercat is at his strongest when his talents are wrapped around a tightly well-crafted song in comparison to his improv-style jam sessions. It is an interesting and impressive debut from a man who has already built a reputation working with Bilal, Erykah Badu, Shafiq Husayn, and Flying Lotus.

Key tracks: “Daylight” ~ “Is It Love” ~ “Seasons”

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