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David Byrne

Thundercat continues his run on 'The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam'

Thundercat, "The Beyond / Where the Giants Roam" (Brainfeeder). "Them Changes," the searing funk track from Los Angeles bassist Thundercat, features a crawling rhythm and a freaky bass line both dirty and distorted. At just more than three minutes, the song is drenched with black-power energy and dense with soul-funk spirit.

Its creator, born Stephen Bruner, is amid quite a run; his work can be heard on three essential Los Angeles records of the past year: Flying Lotus' "You're Dead," Kendrick Lamar's "To Pimp a Butterfly" and Kamasi Washington's "The Epic." That momentum, along with a willingness to...