Boomkat Product Review:
Thundercat is on the move, Thundercat is loose....etc. Seriously though, you can feel the magic and the roar on this debut full-length from LA's Stephen Bruner, hitherto best known for playing bass on records by Flying Lotus, Sa-Ra Creative Partners and Erykah Badu.
It's on FlyLo's Brainfeeder that The Golden Age Of Apocalypse appears, and we have to say it's one of the more convincing and original-sounding of the label's glut of recent releases. Listening to Thundercat's future-soul grooves, at first you could be forgiven for thinking you're in a trendy West London boozer circa 1996, but there's a stripped-back, no-nonsense quality to the 'Cat's broken beats and jazz-funk mannerisms that makes them sound thrillingly contemporary. Of the instrumentals, 'It Really Doesn't Matter To You' sounds like Jazzanova updated for a new era, 'Boat Cruise' could be Roy Ayers via 4Hero, while 'Jamboree' has some nice Fudge Fingas or Dam-Funk-style boogie presence to it, and 'Myster Machine' is snappily-tailored spy-flick mood piece coming over like an old Mo'Wax or J.Swinscoe production, or even a lost interlude from Photek's Modus Operandi; again, though, its crisp editing and confidence in its own weirdness make it sound entirely current.
The smattering of vocal tracks really take things to the next level: 'Seasons' and 'Return To The Journey' sound like Quincy Jones if he'd been reared on Bugz In The Attic and 2000Black records, and the cover of George Duke's 'For Love I Come' is spot-on, coaxing all the latent psychedelic power out of its source material. With contributions from Sa-Ra, Erykah and Austin Peralta, this album is a seriously classy affair.