Every now and then I buy a record purely on the strength of the cover. I didn’t hesitate to pick this up, just for its bat-shit crazy cover shot of Thundercat (Stephen Bruner) emerging from a lake. I knew nothing about Thundercat – I still don’t know a great deal – but I know that I like his groove.
By a stroke of luck, the album fits right up my street, with guest appearances by Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins in some kind of weird yacht-rock revival. And what a great opportunity to point everybody to this great SCTV sketch, featuring Rick Moranis as Michael McDonald rushing from studio to studio to record his backing vocals.
The album also features contributions from Pharrell Williams, Kendrick Lamar, Mac Miller and Wiz Khalifa – all of which is nowhere near as exciting to me as Loggins and McDonald, but it’s a measure of how well respected Thundercat is across the music industry.
The one downside of the album, of course, is the format. Four 10” double-sleeved EPs, housed in a little box, sure looks and feels nice but it’s annoying to change sides every six minutes. In my quest to play the album in the 12” format, I picked up the chopped and screwed remix album Drank, but man, that music doesn’t really fit me. It’s interesting, but comparable to listening to the original album under heavy barbiturates.
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