“It Is What It Is” by Thundercat

“It Is What It Is” is probably the album I listen to most at the moment. You follow Stephen Bruner alias Thundercat on his fourth album through grief, madness, teenage humour escapades and playfulness – and you get lost or rise up in this unique, complex jazz, fusion, funk, R&B, soft rock and manga cosmos, whose only constant is the musicality of this exceptional bassist.

As usual, much of Thundercat’s music remains sketchy, it’s less about singles or classic song structures than about the overall “album” experience, moods and flow. Flying Lotus sat together with Bruner once again at the mixing desk and provided the high Brainfeeder standard and the necessary grip of the production. Thundercat is supported on this album among others by Ty Dolla $ ign, Childish Gambino, Lil B, Kamasi Washington, Steve Lacy, Steve Arrington, BADBADNOTGOOD, Louis Cole and Zack Fox. “It Is What It Is” is worth listening to!