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GRAMMY-Award winning bassist/singer Thundercat releases highly-anticipated album ‘It Is What It Is’ on 3 April via Brainfeeder. Performed “”Black Qualls”” with Steve Arrington and Steve Lacy on Jimmy Kimmel 9 March.
The album, produced by Flying Lotus and Thundercat, features musical contributions from Ty Dolla $ign, Childish Gambino, Lil B, Kamasi Washington, Steve Lacy, Steve Arrington, BADBADNOTGOOD, Louis Cole and Zack Fox. The album has been described by Thundercat as his “808s and Heartbreak” and is inspired by his own personal experiences of love and loss including the passing of his close friend Mac Miller, and will be Ninja Tune & Brainfeeder’s biggest priority record in the first half of the year.
Thundercat announced his forthcoming album “It Is What It Is” on Wednesday 15th January 2020 alongside the release of new single ‘Black Qualls (feat. Steve Lacy & Steve Arrington)’. The new album is the follow up to his game-changing record “Drunk” (2017). The album announcement + lead single “”Black Qualls”” has so far received huge press coverage from around the world, publications in the UK and North America include New York Times, Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, Resident Advisor, The Fader, Stereogum, Crack Magazine, The Independent, Pigeons & Planes, DIY Mag, Stereoboard, Dummy Mag, Consequence of Sound, Brooklyn Vegan, The Quietus, NME, XLR8R, Line of Best Fit, Far Out Magazine, The Vinyl Factory, Hypebeast, HiphopDX, Exclaim!, Afropunk, Cool Hunting and more. Great support from key international press including leading specialised outlets such as Indie Hoy (AR), Mixdown Mag, Rolling Stone (AU), Indie Style (BE), R7 Miojo Indie (BR), Humo Negro, Ruta Rock (CL), Konbini, Vanity Fair, FIP (FR), Musikexpress, Bedroomdisco, Kulturnews (DE), Onda Rock, DeerWaves (IT), Billboard, Mixmag (JP), Indie Rocks, Lifebox (MX), CGM (PL), Rimas E Batidas (PT), Je Ne Sais Pop (ES), Sydsvenskan (SE) and much more.
Announcement for the second single ‘Dragonball Durag’, released February 17, was covered by Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, The Fader, Stereogum, Complex, CBR, Consequence of Sound, Pigeons & Planes, Hot New Hip Hop, Exclaim!, Glide Magazine, Okayplayer, XLR8R and many more. Great support from key international press including leading specialized outlets such as Purple Sneakers (AU), Indie Style (BE), FIP (FR), Les Inrocks (FR), Kulturnews (DE), Musikexpress (DE), NME (JP), Marvin (MX), Czwórka Polskie Radio (PL), Je Ne Sais Pop (ES) and more. Interview requests in from Pitchfork, NPR, The FADER, Afropunk, Hypebeast, Late Night, NY Mag, NY Times Interactive, Okayplayer, Pigeons and Planes, Rick Rubin, Vibe, W Magazine, XLR8R, Earmilk, Complex Canada, Exclaim!, High Snobiety, V FILES, Bandcamp Weekly and more. It has also received fantastic support from key radio DJs including Annie Mac, Rickie, Melvin & Charlie (BBC Radio 1), Mary Anne Hobbs (BBC 6 Music), Jamz Supernova (BBC 1Xtra, BBC Asian Network), Jo Whiley (BBC Radio 2), John Osbourne (‘Track of the Week’), Anne Frankenstein (Jazz FM), Robert Elms (BBC Radio London) and more.
The music video for ‘Dragonball Durag’ was dropped on 27th Feb 2020 and was immediately picked up by Pitchfork, NPR, The Fader, Consequence of Sound, Stereogum, Pigeons & Planes, Exclaim!.
‘Black Qualls’ immediately entered the A-List on BBC Radio 6 Music, was Lauren Laverne’s ‘Fantastic Beats Track of the Day’ and Mary Anne Hobbs’ Future Sound ‘Track of the Day’. Other DJ support on 6 Music from Gilles Peterson, Steve Lamacq, Radcliffe and Maconie, Cerys Matthew, Amy Lane, Liz Kershaw and Shaun Kevaney. Other UK radio coverage includes Jamz Supernova on BBC 1Xtra, John Osbourne, Nigel Williams, Tim Garcia and Tony Minvielle on Jazz FM, MarshmeLLo on NTS, and Kitchen Time Magic Show on Resonance FM. Plus playlist addition to Gilles Peterson’s tastemaker station, Worldwide FM. Jazz FM and NME both added ‘Black Qualls’ to their A-List. US airplay highlights include KEXP, KCRW, WXPN, KDHX, Radio Milwaukee, KRCL, KZGO, WUKY, add from The Current, an add from Music Choice and an add from Indie 102.3.
Thundercat recently announced his biggest headline tour to-date for 2020 which will see him play to over 45,000 fans with huge shows across North America and Europe including two shows (sold out) at Webster Hall (New York) plus stops at The Wiltern (LA), Fox Theater (Oakland), House of Blues (Boston), Roundhouse (London), Elysée Montmartre (Paris) Paradiso (Amsterdam) and more. Press coverage for the tour announcement came from Pitchfork (’23 Most Anticipated Tours of 2020′), THE FADER, Hypebeast, Clash, Consequence of Sound, Brooklyn Vegan, Stereoboard, okayplayer, Broadway Live and many more.
Long term live plan: European summer festivals 2020 including Glastonbury followed by further US touring Fall 2020 and Coachella 2021.
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