23) Golden Age of the Apocalypse – Thundercat
On Golden Age of the Apocalypse, Thundercat takes everything I loved about his guest performance on Flying Lotus’ “MmmHmm” and takes it so much further. The angelic vocals and jaw-dropping bass playing are still here, but a whole plethora of other talents are discovered on this release, the main one being his compositional prowess. Though you could call this jazz, he brings such a futuristic spin to the table that it revitalizes the old genre much like Herbie Hancock did years ago. But certainly the hectic-ness of jazz remains, as his album is one of many moods. “Is it Love?” and “For Love I Come” bring a romantic pop side to his writing without sacrificing the complexity of his arrangements. But there are also songs like “Hoooooooo” and “Fleer Ultra”, which both have an exciting cocaine rush vibe to them which almost comes off as cartoonish at times and always comes off as entertaining. What truly makes the album for me is the spotlight given to the bass guitar. It is very apparent that these tracks are composed from a bassist’s perspective, and its presence is always put to the forefront. However, synth comes in often as well to play a surprise supporting role, bringing these sounds to something altogether new. I very much recommend this to any one looking for a new take on time tested sounds; this is one of my favorite sounding albums of this year.