Ten More Years: Flying Lotus and Thundercat Stay Stellar with “King of the Hill”

Thundercat and Flying Lotus keep the hits coming with "King of the Hill."
By    November 1, 2018

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Will Schube hasn’t hired an agent.

Thundercat and Flying Lotus are the Shaq and Kobe of LA music, except instead of them separating in a maddening divorce, they went on to star in a buddy cop series for two decades. But Fly Lo and Thundercat are still in their primes and as the two brightest stars of Fly Lo’s Brainfeeder Records, rightfully the faces of the label’s tenth anniversary compilation.

On “King of the Hill,” the frequent collaborators invite Canada’s favorite jazz band, BADBADNOTGOOD, to the studio for a quick and filthy joint that wouldn’t sound out of place on Thundercat’s stellar Drunk. Thundercat’s more confident than ever on the vocals, and he leads the group through them changes; falsetto words of love lost drench the hazy production. “A king in his castle/ A king of the hill/ Wasting his times/ Chasing cheap thrills.” There’s nothing cheap about the track, even though it clocks in at under three minutes. After a decade plus of collaborating, there’s still nothing stale about the work Flying Lotus and Thundercat put out together. Here’s to ten more and a Hollywood ending.

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