LIVE: Giant Step x Red Bull Sound Selects presents…Thundercat
by Alex Mayo
35mm Film Photography by @alxmyo
By now we all should know Thundercat, the genre-bending electric bass player of the Los Angeles based Brainfeeder camp. Frequent collaborator with the likes of Flying Lotus, Erykah Badu, Wiz Khalifa, Vic Mensa & many more, brought his talents to (Le) Poisson Rouge for this month’s edition of the Red Bull Sound Selects series. With a lineup expertly curated by Giant Step and an eager crowd ($3 entry) this went on to become an excellent event for all parties involved.
Thundercat stepped on stage in full command of the musical journey he would bring this crowd on, welcoming two surprise musical guests throughout the show. This would give us an electric duo between Thundercat’s 6 string bass & the grammy award-winning Jazz producer, Robert Glasper (VIDEO); as well as a performance of “Seasons” featuring none other than Bilal on the mic. Special guests aside, it was the performance of hits off of 2013’s Apocalypse that engaged the crowd the most, from the outer space vibes of “Evangelion,“ to a crowd pleasing “Lotus and the Jondy” the crowded venue filled with a vibrant energy. Closing out the show was an encore performance of the catchy tune “Oh Sheit it’s X” leaving everyone humming “…ecstasy!” as they exit the venue.