Thundercat has announced dates for a 2017 world tour that will begin in February. He’ll bring his infectious basslines and smooth funk to Union Transfer in Philly on March 4th. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10 AM.

The multi-instrumentalist/singer/producer earned high praise last year for working with Kendrick Lamar on the widely-adored To Pimp a Butterfly. Fellow funkateer, Kamasi Washington, eloquently sums up Thundercat’s unique musical mind in this great feature from Rolling Stone:

“He’ll play you a piece of a song and you’ll go, ‘OK,’ and then he’ll suddenly add the melody in and it becomes this brilliant thing,” says his long-time friend and collaborator, the saxophonist Kamasi Washington, who plays tenor on “u.” “It’s like seeing a great painter with a canvas that looks like a lot of nothing, and then one little stroke goes and you’re like, ‘Wow you saw that the whole time?” He hears things in songs that other people don’t hear.”

Thundercat gave us a new single – “Bus In These Streets” – back in August. It’s a quick commentary on our ever-increasing reliance to screens and social media accounts, dressed up with a bright, jingly backbeat.

Frequent collaborator Flying Lotus took to Facebook earlier this year to share that a new Thundercat record could surface in 2016. The chances we’ll get one in the next few weeks look slim, but here’s to hoping we eventually get more like this masterpiece. I still wake up randomly with “Them Changes” strutting its way through my mind.

-Mike Still

 

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