Before that start of 2017 you might have been forgiven for not knowing much about Stephen Bruner, an eccentric, prodigious bass guitarist from L.A. who had quietly been building a reputation as the go to guy, through collaborations with the likes of Kamasi Washington, Kendrick Lamarr, Flying Lotus and Childish Gambino, alongside his own productions including two genius albums.

Come February 2017 though, with the release of his third long player ‘Drunk’, everybody was talking about the new phenomenon of modern funk and soul, a man who goes by the name of Thundercat.

In reality Thundercat’s ascendancy was one of the slowest overnight successes there’s ever been, the man’s been making music since he was 15, was a member of Suicidal Tendencies at the age of 16 and by his early twenties was laying down game changing work on Erykah Badu’s New Amerykah albums.

With the arrival of ‘Drunk’ though, Thundercat crossed over to a whole new audience, with the album being named 6 Music’s album of the year and featuring in everyone from NME to Pitchfork’s top album’s of 2017 Thundercat suddenly became the superstar his music has always warranted and we can’t wait to catch his legendary live show when he touches down at Bestival this August.

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