Thundercat, “Heartbreaks + Setbacks”

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Ohh what's that squishy little sound in the background? How is it Thundercat can list emotive words representing changes in a relationship (heart break, setbacks, break ups, make ups, love (5x) and he's got us by those strings pumping our heart?

On “Heartbreaks + Setbacks” Thundercat zeroes in on the emotional core of a sound he tinkered with on his debut The Golden Age of Apocalypse. Co-written with Mono/Poly and Flying Lotus, the track gives way to Steve Bruner's vocals, which were often buried in the debut. Confident to pelt, he's less about his trusty bass guitar and more about delivering his message of overcoming those pangs in the soul. When we interviewed Bruner in 2011, he discussed wanting to take his voice as far as he can (rather than hide in autotune) and it would seem he's only beginning to discover its power.

Apocalypse is out July 9 on Brainfeeder.