Preview: Thundercat @ Royal Festival Hall (London; Sunday 4th July 2019)

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The thought of seeing Thundercat brings bass to my mind and ears; I immediately consider the bass faces and the sheer depth and boom that comes from Thundercat’s custom six-string bass – and he sure puts those extra two strings into action. Soul, hip-hop and heavy heavy funk.

Watching Thundercat’s band jam, whilst he performs solo in a truly unprecedented, warped style, is rather enthralling. To feature this artist in the Southbank Centre  as part of the Nile Rodgers‘ curated Meltdown festival seems a little confusing in terms of the chosen venue, but I’m guessing they are highlighting him as an innovator of bass-driven jazz. On each track, following the instruments, specifically, the bass, can feel like a race to keep up; confusing, yet brilliant.

Certainly a unique sound.

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