At what point in its history did music cease to be a meritocracy in favor of a hype-incepted, corporate-propagated popularity contest? The beginning of time? The Internet? Kings of Leon? Apologies for seeming like a downer; I find myself in the throes of an existential crisis about life patterns, and as of late, my listening habits. Yesterday I freaked out about whether or not I give adequate consideration to technical aptitude and musicianship when I enjoy and digest music.
But then I thought, “who gives a shit?” If I enjoy music, then it must be good for at least one person. Sometimes I enjoy virtuosity and sometimes I don’t, and this week I definitely do. So I am happy to share with you Stephen Bruner’s cover of George Duke’s “For Love I Come.” Bruner, aka Thundercat, has heretofore been a ancillary member of several artists’ touring ensembles, including Erykah Badu and Snoop Dogg. But he has finally stepped into the limelight with his Flying Lotus co-produced debut, The Golden Age of Apocalypse.
And it’s about time, because this dude can manhandle the bass; I’m talking like Victor Wooten status. Once when Bruner was touring with Snoop Dogg, Snoop gave him a solo during one show and subsequently called him out on stage for playing too many notes. But how many notes is too many, really? You be the judge, and enjoy this week’s space-fuzzed funk track.
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