Los Angeles, CA
Whether he’s winning Grammys with Kendrick Lamar, collaborating extensively with experimental phenom (and 2017 Sled Island curator) Flying Lotus or reaping critical acclaim from his own stellar solo work, multi-instrumentalist Stephen Bruner (aka Thundercat) reigns supreme like some funked-up philosopher king.
Having worked with nearly every major act of the past decade from Kamasi Washington and Erykah Badu to Kendrick Lamar and Childish Gambino, Thundercat’s influence is as versatile as it is distinct, and his own whirlwind multi-LP run never lacks in carnivalesque energy. His latest album Drunk (which received Pitchfork’s “Best New Music” distinction) is a masterwork in electronic experimentalism, shuffling between jazzy jaunts with frenetic rhythms punched out at breakneck speed and bass-heavy funk jams that shake the floorboards.
But it’s his trademark falsetto crooning out oddball lyrics that draws listeners to the wickedly-talented virtuoso, offering brief glimpses into the warped mind of this musical Da Vinci.
Possessing the prodigious ability to replicate Drunk’s soaring vocals in a way that makes them even crisper live, Thundercat weaves in and out of groovy bass-licks and reverberating drum-strikes as though escorting fellow explorers through his instrumental note-storm. He’s even composed for the Emmy-winning, Donald Glover-helmed series Atlanta on FX, which might just be the best-scored show on television.
Experiencing Bruner in full force is like wandering down a street and happening upon another world, entering a land where Thundercat sits on the throne and lesser producers must pay homage.
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- 40 Watt Sun
- Ada Lea Alder & Ash Alimony The Allovers Also Also Also Ancient Pig The Avulsions
- B*les & The Suede B.A. Johnston Bad Buddy Basic Instinct Bat Fangs BB BB Mars BBQT Bebe Buckskin Best Fern Billy Moon BIRDO Black Thunder Blessed Blue Odeur Blue Youth The Body Body Lens Bodywash Bog Bodies Borscht botfly Boyhood Bridal Party Building Confidence Through Play Burnt Shrines
- Calisthenics Camille Delean Carbolizer Carissa Gem Cartel Madras Cascades Caves Chained by Mind Cherry Glazerr Cherubs Chief n' Council Chieftain Chiffres Chron Goblin Chunder Buffet Chuurch Cold Water Conversations with Bears Counterfeit Jeans CRABSTYLE Crims & Flow Crom/Dam CROTCH Cryptorips Crystal Eyes Culled
- Dada Centauri Dadweed Dark Time Dead Soft Deerhoof Deliluh Dillon Nathaniel Dirty Projectors Discovery Zone DJ Dine & Dash DRI HIEV Ducks Unlimited Dumb
- Eamon McGrath Devastation Trio empath Eucademix The Ex-Boyfriends Expanda Fuzz Eyeballs
- Faith Healer Family Injera Feed Dogs Feel Alright The Flaming Lips Fountain Friesen/Waters Duo future star Fuzzy P
- The Garrys Ghost Woman Glaux Glum Gone Cosmic Goosebump Griefwalker Grouper Guerilla Toss
- HAIRNET Hales Nwad Harrison Brome Heavydive Hermitess HomeSick Hood Joplin Horse Girl Hot Garbage housepanther Hugh Man HUNDRED% (Yung Nino + DJ C-Sik)
- J Blissette Jack Sinclaire Janitor Scum JayWood Jean Daddy jo passed Jock Tears John Maus Jonathan Kawchuk josh pan Julius Sumner Miller Jung People - Ambient Set Justin Wright
- K-Riz Kandekt Kari Faux
- Lab Coast Lambsbreath Le Plaisir Leather Jacuzzi Lido Pimienta Life In Vacuum Lingua Ignota Live CJSW Sessions Lié Lost Creatures Louis Cza Lucid 44 LYRIQUE & The Honor Roll
- Mad Ones Mademoiselle Magic & Johnson Mahogany Frog Man Meat The Mandates Mark Adam Marlaena Moore Mary Timony Plays Helium Matthew Cardinal Melted Mirror Michael Rault Miesha & The Spanks Mob Bounce Moths & Locusts Mount Eerie Mount Kimbie myst milano.
- Natural Selection DJs Necking No Warning NOVEMBER
- OAKK ohmwar OpenEnd Ora Cogan Oren Ambarchi & Will Guthrie Oseko Overland Owen Pallett with Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra
- Paradise Passive Paul Jacobs Peach Kelli Pop Peach Pyramid Petra Glynt Pin-Bar Guest DJs The Plodes Polly Dactic POSTNAMERS Prissy Whip Psychic Pollution Pyramid//Indigo
- The Radiation Flowers Real Sickies Redress respectfulchild respectfulchild & An Ant And An Atom Russell Louder
- Samantha Savage Smith SBDC Scattered Clouds Screaming Targets Selci Shabazz Palaces Sharing Shearing Pinx The Shiverettes Sightlines Silkq Sister Ray SLATES Slow Slow Tide Slut Prophet smoke eaters Smokey & the Feeelings Snotty Nose Rez Kids soft cure Solid Freex Speed Strips Strangerfamiliar Subjectivity Sunglaciers Supermoon Swim Swim Team Symfan Synkro
- TBA TechOne Territories Text Chunk THICK Thundercat Too Attached Touching God Trash Hawks Trigger Warming Truster Tyondai Braxton
- Ufomammut Uncanny Valley
- Valiska Vanta Vase VICTIME
- Wand Wayst WHAT A TIME White Hills WHOOP-Szo Will Clarke Will Clarke B2B Dillon Nathaniel Wine Lips Wire Spine Wish Lash WLMRT Woodhawk WORLD BRAIN Wye Oak
- Year of Glad YEP