From the liner notes of Forget All That and Just Wail, new music compiled by Ross Simonini for the 2013 music issue:
Thundercat, “For Love I Come”
None of these tracks are jazz, though they recall jazz or are birthed from its roots. In most cases, the musicians were initially deeply involved in playing jazz and then drifted away from it, purposefully forgetting the form. Thundercat grew up as one of these kids, playing his lightning-fast bass solos around Los Angeles. His music is a sort of rethinking of various forms of ’70s pop—one of the few periods in which jazz was allowed to influence pop. (These days you rarely hear jazzy pop music, even though the two genres have always had some kind of connection—think of Coltrane’s famous version of “My Favorite Things.”) Thundercat brings the pop a little back in the direction of jazz through electronic music, but his bass playing remains blazingly jazz. A lot of people hate when instrumental virtuosity becomes a spectacle, which is something the worst jazz has undeniably become guilty of—wanking—but every once in a while it’s nice to hear someone who can make a run of notes sound like liquid pouring across an instrument.
(Note: This is a live version of this track, which is what appears on the compilation).