Thundercat's visual for hit tune 'Tokyo' will make you feel like you're in a kaleidoscope with five kittens and a bong

music video 03/08/2017

Thundercat just released the first video from his latest album “Drunk” (out now on Brainfeeder).

The Grammy-winning bass player has been vocal about his love of Japanese culture from sushi to animé and video games and much more, and the album track ‘Tokyo’ is his ode to the country’s capital. The video for the track was directed by Jun Hanamoto-Hearn and shot on location in Tokyo earlier this year while on tour. Thundercat also just returned to Japan for a performance at Fuji Rock Festival, where he headlined the Field of Heaven stage this past Sunday. 

The musician is set to head out on an international headline tour later this month and through Autumn, with the UK leg stopping in Glasgow, Manchester and London (O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire).

“Drunk” is a 23-track epic journey into the often hilarious, sometimes dark mind of the Grammy-winning singer/bassist and finds a few of his friends joining him along the way including: Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell, Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins, Wiz Khalifa, Kamasi Washington and Brainfeeder mastermind Flying Lotus.

Since it’s release earlier this year, the album has gone on to be named one of the best albums of the year so far by Complex, SPIN, Billboard and more. 

Thundercat is the alter ego of virtuosic bassist / singer / producer Stephen Bruner. The South Los Angeles-native previously released two critically acclaimed full length albums on Brainfeeder Records and mini-album “The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam”. He has also made outstanding contributions to landmark albums by Kamasi Washington (“The Epic”) and Kendrick Lamar (“To Pimp A Butterfly”). His work on Lamar’s netted him his first Grammy in 2016.

Video credits:

Director: Jun Hanamoto-Hearn

Director of Photography: Kateb Habib

B Camera Operator: Go Ishizaki

Coordinator: Yasushi "Sushi" Sakata & Rei “ReiRei” Iwashita (ON POINT, LLC.)

Editor: Jun Hanamoto-Hearn