Thundercat - 'Drunk'

8/10

Returning four years after his much-heralded sophomore album 'Apocalypse', producer Thundercat is back to deliver another oddball dose of his incredibly diverse and captivating music. With his instrument of choice, the bass guitar, making itself known throughout this record, his ability to create an alternative direction to the commercial sound of contemporary RnB is not only the driving force of this record, but also the reason behind his incredible list of collaborators.

While names like Pharrell Williams, Kendrick Lamar and Wiz Khalifa don't look out of place on the tracklist, it is seeing Kenny Loggin's name amongst them that is really turning heads. And it's only once you give the album a full listen that you actually understand that this is not just another standard Brainfeeder release. 'Drunk' is a lucid and uncompromising beast, filled with a whole range of tracks that move their way between simple ideas to fully-fledged compositions of great eccentricity.

Trying to pin down this album into one easy to understand sentence just isn't possible. One minute the producer is treating us to an array of instrumentations, the next a humbled voice over a strained backdrop. Yet despite its bombastic approach, 'Drunk' is easily one of the most captivating releases of the year so far, and continues the legacy of Thundercat remaining one of the most intriguing producers of today.

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