Thundercat and Mono/Poly Share Instrumental Tribute Track “Paris” [LISTEN]
Bassist and songwriter, Thundercat, has collaborated with electronic producer, Mono/Poly, on an instrumental track in the wake of the attacks on Paris this past weekend. The somber song is fittingly entitled "Paris." You can stream the tribute via Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder label's Soundcloud below.
As Noisey reports, Thundercat initially shared the track via his Twitter as "a tribute to the people who lost their lives in Paris."
— Thunder....cat (@Thundercat) November 15, 2015
Thundercat, the moniker Stephen Bruner has adopted since his adolescent years playing bass with the thrash band, Suicidal Tendencies, is best known for his collaborations with the likes of Flying Lotus, Erykah Badu and Kendrick Lamar. He has also worked with artists like Sun Ra and Snoop Dogg. The master collaborator has released three solo albums via Brainfeeder in the past few years, most recently The Beyond/Where the Giants Roam, this past June. Mono/Poly, the stage name adopted by Charles Dickerson, also goes way back with Flying Lotus and released 2014's full-length Golden Skies on his Brainfeeder imprint.
The Thundercat track featuring Mono/Poly is not the only example of musicians playing tribute songs after the recent tragedies in France.
As Spin reports, Pearl Jam's performance of "Love Boat Captain" in Sao Paulo on Saturday evening was dedicated to "all in Paris." The song was written after the 2000 tragedy at Roskilde when a stage crushed nine fans during a performance. During Saturday's rendition of the song, Eddie Vedder changed the lyrics "Lost nine friends we'll never know / Two years ago today" to the fitting "Lost 90 friends we'll never know / Oh, again today."
Meanwhile in Stockholm, Madonna broke down and performed "Like a Prayer" in homage to the victims in France, Variety reports. Whereas other artists canceled concerts scheduled for Saturday around the world out of respect for the victims and their families, Madonna told the audience she could not allow those who perpetrated the violence to take the freedom of music away from her and her fans.