Album: King of the Hill (Track)
Artist: Flying Lotus, Thundercat, BadBadNotGood
Non-Airable Tracks: N/A
King of the Hill, a collaboration between Flying Lotus, Thundercat, and BadBadNotGood, dropped a few weeks ago on October 30th. The track is one of the singles off the newly released (as of November 16th) 36-track compilation album Brainfeeder X, celebrating the innovative record label’s ten year anniversary and featuring contributions from other artists such as Iglooghost, Tokimonsta, Ross From Friends, and Lapalux.
This track is a very mellow, space-y, atmospheric experience. It opens up with a mix of string and vibraphone-esque synths, creating an eerie vibe, then transitions to a fuller sound with Thundercat’s echoing, layered vocals, guitar lines weaving back and forth, and an anchoring rhythm section. The song is dreamy, groovy, and features a number of unexpected yet smooth transitions in song structure and instrumentation that keep you from getting too “lost” in the song. I feel a sense of foreboding, or that this song is an introduction or precursor to something – it almost feels like the opening track on an album.
Overall, it’s a great, chill track, and I’m excited to listen to the whole compilation.
Sounds Like: Knxwledge, Toro y Moi, Mount Kimbie, Madlib, Tokimonsta
Reviewer’s Name: Gabrielle
Date of Review: 11/18/18