It Is What It Is
by Thundercat

— Released 3rd April 2020 on Brainfeeder

Thundercat is set to release his new album “It Is What It Is” on Brainfeeder Records on April 3, 2020, and shares the first music; ‘Black Qualls (featuring Steve Lacy and Steve Arrington)’. 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. 

“It Is What It Is”  follows his game-changing third album “D...

Thundercat is set to release his new album “It Is What It Is” on Brainfeeder Records on April 3, 2020, and shares the first music; ‘Black Qualls (featuring Steve Lacy and Steve Arrington)’. 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. 

“It Is What It Is”  follows his game-changing third album “Drunk” (2017). That record completed his transition from virtuoso bassist to bonafide star and cemented his reputation as a unique voice that transcends genre. “This album is about love, loss, life and the ups and downs that come with that,” Bruner says about “It Is What It Is”. “It’s a bit tongue-in-cheek, but at different points in life you come across places that you don’t necessarily understand… some things just aren’t meant to be understood.

The unruly bounce of new single ‘Black Qualls’ is classic Thundercat, teaming up with Steve Lacy (The Internet) and Funk icon Steve Arrington (Slave). It’s another example of Stephen Lee Bruner’s desire to highlight the lineage of his music and pay his respects to the musicians who inspired him. Discovering Arrington’s output in his late teens, Bruner says he fell in love with his music immediately: “The tone of the bass, the way his stuff feels and moves, it resonated through my whole body.” 

‘Black Qualls’ emerged from writing sessions with Lacy, whom Thundercat describes as “the physical incarnate of the Ohio Players in one person - he genuinely is a funky ass dude”. It references what it means to be a black American with a young mindset: “What it feels like to be in this position right now… the weird ins and outs, we’re talking about those feelings… Part of me knew this [track] was where Steve [Arrington] left us.”

Thundercat forms a cornerstone of the Brainfeeder label; he released “Golden Age of Apocalypse” (2011), “Apocalypse” (2013), followed by EP “The Beyond / Where The Giants Roam” featuring the modern classic ‘Them Changes’.  He was later “at the creative epicenter” of the 21st century’s most influential hip-hop album Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp A Butterfly”, where he won a Grammy for his collaboration on the track ‘These Walls’ before releasing his game-changing third album “Drunk” in 2017. In 2018 Thundercat and Flying Lotus composed an original score for an episode of Golden Globe and Emmy award winning TV series “Atlanta” (created and written by Donald Glover).

It Is What It Is
by Thundercat

— Released 3rd April 2020 on Brainfeeder

Physical

LP (BF100DX)

Deluxe Picture Disc LP

Limited edition 140g picture disc LP housed in a 6mm spined gatefold sleeve with gold foil detail and OBI strip. Photography by Eddie Alcazar. MP3 downloads included.

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£16.00
 
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LP (BF100DX)

Deluxe Picture Disc LP

Limited edition 140g picture disc LP housed in a 6mm spined gatefold sleeve with gold foil detail and OBI strip. Photography by Eddie Alcazar. MP3 downloads included.

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Deluxe Clear LP

140g clear vinyl LP housed in a 6mm spined gatefold sleeve with gold foil detail and OBI strip. Photography by Eddie Alcazar. MP3 downloads included.

This item has not been released yet, we will ship it to arrive on or close to the release date of 3rd April 2020.

£22.00
MP3 (BFDNL100)

This item has not been released yet, it will be available to download on the release date, 3rd April 2020.

LP (BF100)

Red LP

140g red vinyl LP housed in a 3mm spined sleeve with OBI strip. Photography by Eddie Alcazar. MP3 downloads included.

This item has not been released yet, we will ship it to arrive on or close to the release date of 3rd April 2020.

£16.00
16-bit WAV (BFDNL100W)

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LP (BF100E)

Cream LP

140g cream vinyl LP housed in a 3mm spined sleeve with OBI strip. Photography by Eddie Alcazar. MP3 downloads included.

This item has not been released yet, we will ship it to arrive on or close to the release date of 3rd April 2020.

£16.00
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Tracklist

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  • MP3
  • 16-bit WAV
  1. 1
    Lost In Space / Great Scott / 22-26
  2. 2
    Innerstellar Love
  3. 3
    I Love Louis Cole  (featuring Louis Cole)
  4. 4
    Black Qualls  (featuring Steve Lacy, Steve Arrington and Childish Gambino)
  5. 5
    Miguel's Happy Dance
  6. 6
    How Sway
  7. 7
    Funny Thing
  8. 8
    Overseas  (featuring Zack Fox)
  9. 9
    Dragonball Durag
  10. 10
    How I Feel
  11. 11
    King Of The Hill
  12. 12
    Unrequited Love
  13. 13
    Fair Chance  (featuring Ty Dolla $ign and Lil B)
  14. 14
    Existential Dread
  15. 15
    It Is What It Is
  16.  
    Play All (1)
  1. 1
    Lost In Space / Great Scott / 22-26
  2. 2
    Innerstellar Love
  3. 3
    I Love Louis Cole  (featuring Louis Cole)
  4. 4
    Black Qualls  (featuring Steve Lacy, Steve Arrington and Childish Gambino)
  5. 5
    Miguel's Happy Dance
  6. 6
    How Sway
  7. 7
    Funny Thing
  8. 8
    Overseas  (featuring Zack Fox)
  9. 9
    Dragonball Durag
  10. 10
    How I Feel
  11. 11
    King Of The Hill
  12. 12
    Unrequited Love
  13. 13
    Fair Chance  (featuring Ty Dolla $ign and Lil B)
  14. 14
    Existential Dread
  15. 15
    It Is What It Is
  16.  
    Play All (1)
  1. 1
    Lost In Space / Great Scott / 22-26
  2. 2
    Innerstellar Love
  3. 3
    I Love Louis Cole  (featuring Louis Cole)
  4. 4
    Black Qualls  (featuring Steve Lacy, Steve Arrington and Childish Gambino)
  5. 5
    Miguel's Happy Dance
  6. 6
    How Sway
  7. 7
    Funny Thing
  8. 8
    Overseas  (featuring Zack Fox)
  9. 9
    Dragonball Durag
  10. 10
    How I Feel
  11. 11
    King Of The Hill
  12. 12
    Unrequited Love
  13. 13
    Fair Chance  (featuring Ty Dolla $ign and Lil B)
  14. 14
    Existential Dread
  15. 15
    It Is What It Is
  16.  
    Play All (1)
  1. 1
    Lost In Space / Great Scott / 22-26
  2. 2
    Innerstellar Love
  3. 3
    I Love Louis Cole  (featuring Louis Cole)
  4. 4
    Black Qualls  (featuring Steve Lacy, Steve Arrington and Childish Gambino)
  5. 5
    Miguel's Happy Dance
  6. 6
    How Sway
  7. 7
    Funny Thing
  8. 8
    Overseas  (featuring Zack Fox)
  9. 9
    Dragonball Durag
  10. 10
    How I Feel
  11. 11
    King Of The Hill
  12. 12
    Unrequited Love
  13. 13
    Fair Chance  (featuring Ty Dolla $ign and Lil B)
  14. 14
    Existential Dread
  15. 15
    It Is What It Is
  16.  
    Play All (1)
  1. 1
    Lost In Space / Great Scott / 22-26
  2. 2
    Innerstellar Love
  3. 3
    I Love Louis Cole  (featuring Louis Cole)
  4. 4
    Black Qualls  (featuring Steve Lacy, Steve Arrington and Childish Gambino)
  5. 5
    Miguel's Happy Dance
  6. 6
    How Sway
  7. 7
    Funny Thing
  8. 8
    Overseas  (featuring Zack Fox)
  9. 9
    Dragonball Durag
  10. 10
    How I Feel
  11. 11
    King Of The Hill
  12. 12
    Unrequited Love
  13. 13
    Fair Chance  (featuring Ty Dolla $ign and Lil B)
  14. 14
    Existential Dread
  15. 15
    It Is What It Is
  16.  
    Play All (1)
  1. 1
    Lost In Space / Great Scott / 22-26
  2. 2
    Innerstellar Love
  3. 3
    I Love Louis Cole  (featuring Louis Cole)
  4. 4
    Black Qualls  (featuring Steve Lacy, Steve Arrington and Childish Gambino)
  5. 5
    Miguel's Happy Dance
  6. 6
    How Sway
  7. 7
    Funny Thing
  8. 8
    Overseas  (featuring Zack Fox)
  9. 9
    Dragonball Durag
  10. 10
    How I Feel
  11. 11
    King Of The Hill
  12. 12
    Unrequited Love
  13. 13
    Fair Chance  (featuring Ty Dolla $ign and Lil B)
  14. 14
    Existential Dread
  15. 15
    It Is What It Is
  16.  
    Play All (1)
  1. 1
    Lost In Space / Great Scott / 22-26
  2. 2
    Innerstellar Love
  3. 3
    I Love Louis Cole  (featuring Louis Cole)
  4. 4
    Black Qualls  (featuring Steve Lacy, Steve Arrington and Childish Gambino)
  5. 5
    Miguel's Happy Dance
  6. 6
    How Sway
  7. 7
    Funny Thing
  8. 8
    Overseas  (featuring Zack Fox)
  9. 9
    Dragonball Durag
  10. 10
    How I Feel
  11. 11
    King Of The Hill
  12. 12
    Unrequited Love
  13. 13
    Fair Chance  (featuring Ty Dolla $ign and Lil B)
  14. 14
    Existential Dread
  15. 15
    It Is What It Is
  16.  
    Play All (1)

Thundercat is set to release his new album “It Is What It Is” on Brainfeeder Records on April 3, 2020, and shares the first music; ‘Black Qualls (featuring Steve Lacy and Steve Arrington)’. 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. 

“It Is What It Is”  follows his game-changing third album “D...

Thundercat is set to release his new album “It Is What It Is” on Brainfeeder Records on April 3, 2020, and shares the first music; ‘Black Qualls (featuring Steve Lacy and Steve Arrington)’. 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. 

“It Is What It Is”  follows his game-changing third album “Drunk” (2017). That record completed his transition from virtuoso bassist to bonafide star and cemented his reputation as a unique voice that transcends genre. “This album is about love, loss, life and the ups and downs that come with that,” Bruner says about “It Is What It Is”. “It’s a bit tongue-in-cheek, but at different points in life you come across places that you don’t necessarily understand… some things just aren’t meant to be understood.

The unruly bounce of new single ‘Black Qualls’ is classic Thundercat, teaming up with Steve Lacy (The Internet) and Funk icon Steve Arrington (Slave). It’s another example of Stephen Lee Bruner’s desire to highlight the lineage of his music and pay his respects to the musicians who inspired him. Discovering Arrington’s output in his late teens, Bruner says he fell in love with his music immediately: “The tone of the bass, the way his stuff feels and moves, it resonated through my whole body.” 

‘Black Qualls’ emerged from writing sessions with Lacy, whom Thundercat describes as “the physical incarnate of the Ohio Players in one person - he genuinely is a funky ass dude”. It references what it means to be a black American with a young mindset: “What it feels like to be in this position right now… the weird ins and outs, we’re talking about those feelings… Part of me knew this [track] was where Steve [Arrington] left us.”

Thundercat forms a cornerstone of the Brainfeeder label; he released “Golden Age of Apocalypse” (2011), “Apocalypse” (2013), followed by EP “The Beyond / Where The Giants Roam” featuring the modern classic ‘Them Changes’.  He was later “at the creative epicenter” of the 21st century’s most influential hip-hop album Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp A Butterfly”, where he won a Grammy for his collaboration on the track ‘These Walls’ before releasing his game-changing third album “Drunk” in 2017. In 2018 Thundercat and Flying Lotus composed an original score for an episode of Golden Globe and Emmy award winning TV series “Atlanta” (created and written by Donald Glover).