Thomas D & The KBCS
For decades now, Thomas D has been recuperating from the stresses and strains of pop stardom at his farm (called “M.A.R.S”) in Germany’s Vulkaneifel region. In summer 2019, the rapper from Die Fantastischen Vier discovered a record by the little-known Hamburg band The KBCS – and invited them to his studio on the farm. There, he recorded the live album M.A.R.S Sessions – a collection of casual, jazzy reinterpretations of old hits from the “Fanta 4” cosmos – with Lucas Kochbeck (drums), Nicolas Börger (keys), Lars Cölln (guitar) and Daniel Stritzke (bass). The KBCS do not play instrumental hip-hop – rather, they enrich Thomas D’s profound lyrics with a warm, meditative funk sound. Thumping bass, dry drum breaks, scintillating keyboards and soulful guitar solos – sophisticated music to nod your head to. They’re off their heads, but they have the wind at their backs!