Enigmatic bassist Thundercat pop superstar exploited Ariana Grande as well as the self-proclaimed “bizarre duo” of French keyboardist DOMi and American drummer JD Beck for an interpretation of “Them Changes” as part of the 2020 virtual edition of Adult swimming festival.
While the jazz performance was far from the fare you’ll find on Grande’s new album, Positions, which recently debuted No. 1 on the Display panel 200, Ariana blends admirably with the avant-garde musicians of the 2015 single and the opening track from the 2017 Thundercat album, Drunk. The quartet performed against a lively backdrop with Aqua Teen Hunger Force character, Meatwad. Grande had already covered “Them Changes” on her BBC Live Lounge appearance in 2018. Watch the performance below:
Thundercat ft. Ariana Grande, DOMI and JD Beck – “Them Changes” – Adult Swim Festival
[Video: Adult Swim]
Thundercat and Ariana Grande are forever linked by their mutual connection with the deceased Mac Miller. Thundercat, real name Stephen bruner, was a close friend and collaborator of Miller and was scheduled to accompany him on an upcoming tour of the national arena before Mac died from mixed drug toxicity in September 2018. Grande and Miller had an upscale romance level for several years, each artist having designed successful or inspired versions of the other. “I feel like Ariana and I are connected forever via Mac and that’s part of the healing process,” Thundercat said of the performance.
thank you brilliant trio for loving me always @thundercat https://t.co/uXZkysWIG7
– Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) November 14, 2020
Adult Swim Festival was held virtually on November 13-14 and featured Kamasi Washington, Alger, Kaytranada, Colin Stetson, Loraine James, Mt. Joy, Tycho, Rico nasty, and more. Run the jewelry also released the official music video for their new Cyperpunk 2077 track, “No Save Point”, during the virtual event, which raised funds for the ACLU.