ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:
It's time for Play It Forward, our series where artists tell us about their music and the musicians who inspire them. Last week, the singer-songwriter Mia Doi Todd told us why she's grateful for the bassist, producer and singer Stephen Lee Bruner, who performs as Thundercat.
(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED NPR BROADCAST)
MIA DOI TODD: Bass frequencies - they move the heart and the core. So I just love the bass. And Thundercat is a genius bass player - super lyrical, like Jaco Pastorius.
(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "BLACK QUALLS")