by Laik C
Once in a while, an audio transport to what seems like an earlier time is enough to draw me in. Like Mayer Hawthorne's XL Middleton Boogie Edit of "Henny & Ginger Ale", Thundercat's, "Them Changes" is the latest in a string of songs where the 70's links with new age soul. The funky bass which is reminiscent of Chaka Khan's, "Tell Me Something Good", infused with Thundercat's floating falsetto harmonies, makes for a sweet mixture. It's dance friendly feel makes it easy to disconnect from the saddening lyrics surrounding a fresh breakup. I found myself nodding to "Now I'm sitting here with a black hole in my chest, my heart's a broken mess." Laced with a touch of saxophone at it's close, the track's only flaw is that doesn't seem long enough.
"Them Changes" is one of six records from Thundercat's beautifully composed surprise mini-album, The Beyond/Where The Giants Roam. Usually known for his collaborations with Flying Lotus, his latest project serves the full spectrum of artistry as a vocalist, producer, and songwriter.