To shift into something a little less cosmic, but still heavy on the synths and electronics, I want to feature an artist who put out another of my favorite albums of 2011. LA’s Pat Grossi goes by the name Active Child, and his debut full length album You Are All I See was a slice of heavenly ambient music blended with ethereal R&B influenced vocals. Active Child makes use of various 80′s styled analog synths, but layers them over much more updated electronic drumbeats that carry a distinct Hip-Hop flavor. The real ‘X-Factors’ at play are his uniquely engaging falsetto vocals and the harp, which he plays live in concert. The harp seems so out of place, but in fact I have featured this odd combination before in this post about Teebs. Watch “Hanging On” below to see how Active Child rocks it in this setting.
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Thundercat is the stage name of 27 year old Los Angeles bass innovator Stephen Bruner. From filling in for departed bassist Robert Trujillo, in Suicidal Tendencies, who went on to play in Metallica, to touring with Snoop Dogg and recording with Erykah Badu, Thundercat has earned his stripes over the last ten years in the music industry. In addition to his own impressive resume, the young musician comes from a pedigree that explains his innate talent and creativity. His father, Ronald Bruner Sr., was a professional drummer working with the likes of Diana Ross, The Temptations and Gladys Knight. His brother, Ronald Bruner Jr., received a Grammy back in 2010 for his drumming on Stanley Clarke‘s last album. Stanley Clarke made his fame in 70s fusion group, Return to Forever, with legendary jazz pianist Chick Corea.
Thundercat has taken his experience on the road and in the studio, combined it with the Afro-Bohemian philosophy he surely has engaged with through Ms. Badu and created something entirely fresh and mind-blowing. A member of the L.A. music collective known as the Brainfeeder crew, he has found kindred spirits, musically and culturally in producers Flying Lotus and Teebs. Check out the trippy music video for “MmmHmm” below to enter the astral plane of this emerging artist and his fellow funk-astronaut, Flying Lotus.
Make sure you head down to SOB’s this Wednesday night to watch Thundercat perform in his second show ever in NYC. Arrive early so you can catch a lively set of psychedelic soul from Cosmolingo. Get your discounted tickets here. For more details on this show, check the event listing here.