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Hear Thundercat’s Euphoric ‘Oh Sheit It’s X’


Thundercat rose out of a scene known for being forward-thinking and cerebral, but that doesn’t stop him from using his powers for simpler pleasures, too. In a recent Rolling Stone interview, Radiohead and Atoms for Peace men Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich compared the music around Flying Lotus and Los Angeles venue Low End Theory to cutting-edge designer clothes, while those unwashed masses who listen to Rihanna’s “We Found Love” or the Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling” might as well be, gasp, buying trendy on-sale items off the rack. It was a clumsy and probably well-intentioned distinction, but “Oh Sheit It’s X,” the latest track from Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner with co-writing and co-production credits from label chief FlyLo, eviscerates it wonderfully. “Heartbreaks + Setbacks,” the first cut from Thundercat’s upcoming sophomore album, Apocalypse (due out digitally June 4 and physically on July 9 via Brainfeeder), turned toward soul-steeped, aching-heart songcraft. Thundercat’s effortlessly liquid new one, as its title suggests, is down to party, bringing the singer-bassist’s loving jazz-fusion updates to a place where someone has seen definitely Molly.

Thundercat tour dates:

May 12 – Boston, MA @ Paradise
May 13 – Montreal, QC @ Metropolis
May 15 – Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy
May 16 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues Cleveland
May 17 – Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom
May 18 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
May 19 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
May 22 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox Sodo
May 23 – Vancouver, BC @ Vouge Theater
May 24 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater