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With a new album out and a world tour underway, Thundercat has revealed five songs that changed his life. Sitting with CBC Music, the Brainfeeder bassist/vocalist/futurist detailed his love of five cuts (and a bonus offering) from three giants of jazz and one unsung funksman, with songs by Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Stanley ClarkeBernie Worrell and Rage Against The Machine (particularly crucial in his Suicidal Tendencies days.)

You can hit the link below for the precise track list and words on each. Take particular note of the story behind Miles Davis’ “Little Church,” and how Kendrick Lamar was stopped dead in his tracks upon hearing it in the studio during the To Pimp a Butterfly sessions. Or his adoration of Worrell’s malleable key playing, attempting to emulate the wetness of that P-Funk bass palette, in with his own device. Thundercat’s new album, Drunk, is out now via Brainfeeder. Pick up your copy on iTunes or head over to Brainfeeder to grab it on wax (with art directions from Zack Fox.) Peep his full slate of live dates below, including a stop at The 10th Annual Roots Picnic in Philly on June 3rd.

>>>Read the full list (via CBC MUSIC) 

Tour Dates:
3.10 Buku Music + Art Project – New Orleans, LA
3.11 Warehouse Live – Houston, TX
3.12 Trees – Dallas, TX
3.16 Barby Club – Tel Aviv, Israel *sold out
3.17 Babylon – Istanbul, Turkey
3.18 Niebo Club – Warsaw, Poland
3.19 Yaam – Berlin, Germany
3.20 Mojo – Hamburg, Germany
3.21 CBE – Cologne, Germany
3.22 Thekla – Bristol, UK
3.23 Gorilla – Manchester, UK
3.24 Invisible Wind Factory – Liverpool, UK
3.27 Vicar Street – Dublin, Rep. Of Ireland
3.28 Heaven – London, UK
3.29 La Cartonnerie – Reims, France
3.30 Trabendo – Paris, France
4.01 Fri-Son – Fribourg, Switzerland
4.02 Theater Moods – Zurich, Switzerland
4.03 Atelier Babylon – Bratislava, Slovakia
4.04 Porgy & Bess – Vienna, Austria
4.05 Lucerna Music Bar – Prague, Czech Republic
4.07 Motel Mozaique Festival – Rotterdam, Netherlands
4.08 Transition Festival – Utrecht, Netherlands
4.09 BRDCST Festival – Brussels, Belgium
4.15 Indio, CA – Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival
4.22 Indio, CA – Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival
4.27 Liquid Room – Tokyo, Japan
4.28 Blue Note – Nagoya, Japan
4.29 Metro – Kyoto, Japan
4.30 Conpass – Osaka, Japan
5.18 The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA
5.19 Observatory North Park – San Diego, CA
5.29 La Cartonnerie – Reims, France
5.30 Trabendo – Partis, France
6.03 Penn’s Landing – Philadelphia, PA

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