This month brothers Bruner, known to their mum as Stephen, Jameel and Ronald, have decided to own 2017. Mssrs Thundercat, Kintaro and Ronald Jr have finally surpassed the Nolans as the premier musical family in the history of the omniverse.
To get the week started right, drummer Ronald Jr. announced his album ‘Triumph’ recorded during the KSL Sessions that stumped up Kamasi Washington’s The Epic and an unreasonable number of other West Coast Get Down projects. It’s co-produced by both brothers and features no one special except Stanley Clarke, Kendrick Lamar, Flying Lotus, Wayne Shorter, Prince, Chaka Khan, Q-Tip, Kenny Garrett and Stevie Wonder.
The incredible first single “Take The Time (feat. Thundercat)” is available now on Daddy Kev and Danyell Jariel’s brilliant Alpha Pup label. It’s a blistering lullaby that mixes heavy Thundercat, Clarke & WCGD influences with a kind of stadium-rock power-ballad chic. Yes, there is a guitar solo and yes Ronald was wearing a headband.
This morning Brainfeeder spring ‘Drunk’ on us! To be released on Feb 24th, it will be Stephen ‘Thundercat’ Bruner’s third studio album, a possible magnum opus of 23 tracks composed in the same dark funny and breathtaking spirit as his previous projects.
“The album title, like the rest of the album, is meant to be both humorous and serious. “I’ve always tried to hold true to what Erykah Badu and Flying Lotus told me: It has to come from an honest place. I feel like it’s a place that I’ve been in different ways, seen different angles of and it’s been a bit inspirational – the drinking. It has its ups and downs and everything, but I felt like it showed the human side of what goes on behind things, something that I see with all of my friends… I felt like it was kind of interwoven in the music culture. And it’s something that’s never talked about.”
‘Drunk’ features another array of distinguished guests including friends Kendrick Lamar, Kamasi Washington and Flying Lotus plus two of the most splendid purveyors of pop-soul-yacht-disney brilliance from the 80’s – big Michael Mcdonald and Kenny Loggins. Yep, you know Thundercat loves that sound and now he can make the calls to get pretty much any of his heroes to cameo.
Last but not least there’s Jameel who we’ve left til last for no other reason than he came first in getting the best name out of the clan. Formerly, outstandingly of The Internet, Jameel has donned his KiN†aRø guise to drop a trap / Organized Noise type-a-thing that gives you a glimpse of the exciting directions he is heading for the next 365.
I’m sure daddy Bruner’s musical background has something to do with it but surely it’s good old sibling rivalry that has pushed Jameel and his brothers to make such remarkable sounds.