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It Is What It Is

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His 2017 celebration, the smooth and funky Drunk should not obscure the fact that Stephen Bruner aka Thundercat had already been working his bass for quite a few years before then. The lit, unfiltered Californian has long been freelancing but also playing with Suicidal Tendencies, Kendrick Lamar, Flying Lotus and Kamasi Washington since the early 2000s. Always at home nestled between the seventies jazz fusion of George Duke & Co. and the wild funk of George Clinton's P-Funk galaxy to which he lends exuberance and a pop vision, on It Is What It Is Thundercat pursues his pluralistic goove orgies, smoky soul flirting with jazz rock and light funk. Still with Brainfeeder, the Flying Lotus label that makes an appearance on Dragonball Durag, with this fourth solo album he unfurls his true-false nonchalance baked together with chloroformed groove and afro-futurism. As so often with this fan of Kenshiro and Mortal Kombat, the compositions do not always take the form of traditional songs. As in a dream, realistic passages are overpowered by the surreal. And his high-pitched voice amplifies this improbable hedonistic feel... This time, Thundercat has invited Steve Arrington's seventies funk band Slave and Steve Lacy of The Internet for a sensual ballad (Black Qualls); Lil B and Ty Dolla $ign for a touching tribute to Mac Miller (Fair Chance ); not to mention Childish Gambino, drummer Louis Cole and comedian Zack Fox. We still feel the powerful influence of George Duke (one of his idols whose For Love (I Come Your Friend) he covered his 2011 album The Golden Age of Apocalypse ) as well as that of Californian soft rock on this endearing album which is soothing like a bubble bath... © Marc Zisman/ Qobuz

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1
Lost In Space / Great Scott / 22-26
00:01:22

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Stephen Bruner, ComposerLyricist - Thundercat, MainArtist

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2
Innerstellar Love
00:02:41

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Stephen Bruner, ComposerLyricist - Thundercat, MainArtist

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3
I Love Louis Cole (feat. Louis Cole)
00:03:24

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Stephen Bruner, ComposerLyricist - Louis Cole, Featuring, FeaturedArtist - Thundercat, MainArtist

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4
Black Qualls (feat. Steve Arrington & Steve Lacy)
00:03:09

STEVE ARRINGTON, Featuring, FeaturedArtist - Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Stephen Bruner, ComposerLyricist - Steve Lacy, Featuring, FeaturedArtist - Childish Gambino, Featuring, FeaturedArtist - Thundercat, MainArtist

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5
Miguel's Happy Dance
00:02:11

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Stephen Bruner, ComposerLyricist - Thundercat, MainArtist

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6
How Sway
00:01:14

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Stephen Bruner, ComposerLyricist - Thundercat, MainArtist

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7
Funny Thing
00:01:56

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Stephen Bruner, ComposerLyricist - Thundercat, MainArtist

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8
Overseas (feat. Zack Fox)
00:01:28

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Stephen Bruner, ComposerLyricist - Thundercat, MainArtist - Zack Fox, Featuring, FeaturedArtist

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9
Dragonball Durag
00:03:01

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Stephen Bruner, ComposerLyricist - Flying Lotus, Producer - Thundercat, Producer, MainArtist - Steve Ellison, ComposerLyricist

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10
How I Feel
00:01:08

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Stephen Bruner, ComposerLyricist - Thundercat, MainArtist

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11
King Of The Hill
00:02:51

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Stephen Bruner, ComposerLyricist - Thundercat, MainArtist

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12
Unrequited Love
00:03:14

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Stephen Bruner, ComposerLyricist - Thundercat, MainArtist

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13
Fair Chance (feat. Ty Dolla $ign & Lil B)
00:03:57

Brandon McCartney, ComposerLyricist - Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Stephen Bruner, ComposerLyricist - Mark Spears, ComposerLyricist - Thundercat, MainArtist - Lil B, Featuring, FeaturedArtist - Ty Dolla $ign, Featuring, FeaturedArtist - Sounwave, Producer - Tyrone Griffin Jr., ComposerLyricist

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14
Existential Dread
00:00:51

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Stephen Bruner, ComposerLyricist - Thundercat, MainArtist

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15
It Is What It Is (feat. Pedro Martins)
00:05:02

Copyright Control, MusicPublisher - Pedro Martins, Featuring, FeaturedArtist - Stephen Bruner, ComposerLyricist - Thundercat, MainArtist

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Album Description

His 2017 celebration, the smooth and funky Drunk should not obscure the fact that Stephen Bruner aka Thundercat had already been working his bass for quite a few years before then. The lit, unfiltered Californian has long been freelancing but also playing with Suicidal Tendencies, Kendrick Lamar, Flying Lotus and Kamasi Washington since the early 2000s. Always at home nestled between the seventies jazz fusion of George Duke & Co. and the wild funk of George Clinton's P-Funk galaxy to which he lends exuberance and a pop vision, on It Is What It Is Thundercat pursues his pluralistic goove orgies, smoky soul flirting with jazz rock and light funk. Still with Brainfeeder, the Flying Lotus label that makes an appearance on Dragonball Durag, with this fourth solo album he unfurls his true-false nonchalance baked together with chloroformed groove and afro-futurism. As so often with this fan of Kenshiro and Mortal Kombat, the compositions do not always take the form of traditional songs. As in a dream, realistic passages are overpowered by the surreal. And his high-pitched voice amplifies this improbable hedonistic feel... This time, Thundercat has invited Steve Arrington's seventies funk band Slave and Steve Lacy of The Internet for a sensual ballad (Black Qualls); Lil B and Ty Dolla $ign for a touching tribute to Mac Miller (Fair Chance ); not to mention Childish Gambino, drummer Louis Cole and comedian Zack Fox. We still feel the powerful influence of George Duke (one of his idols whose For Love (I Come Your Friend) he covered his 2011 album The Golden Age of Apocalypse ) as well as that of Californian soft rock on this endearing album which is soothing like a bubble bath... © Marc Zisman/ Qobuz

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