Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Flying Lotus - Los Angeles

Steven Ellison has really outdone himself with this record.

This is easily one of my favorite albums of the year. Released on Warp, although you’d never guess just by listening, as the sound is more afro-delic space hop than post 90’s nineties glitch. Indeed, this is musique concrete at it's finest. In my opinion the best thing the left-field stalwart label has released has in years, save for that Battles record.

The grainy, lo-fi, everything-but- the-kitchen-sink aproach harkins back to the Madlib school of production with loosely quantized drums that make for shufflling off-kilter rhythms. And like Madlib the guy has a real knack for juxtaposing disparite styles and influences into coheisive songs- a real whiz with sample IMO.

The similarities end their however; what Madlib is to jazz, Flying Lotus is to minimal techno, and outer space. Snippits of world music; tribal percussion; fussion keyboards; dreamy synths; analogue bass; various blips and bleeps; and gobs of random, interesting samples all weave effortlessly into strange disorienting wonderful collages of awesomness.

The whole album is brilliant, but some personal faves include, the spacey Beginners Falafel and Roberta Flac, the rolling Gng Bng, and the double bass driven Testament. I really can’t speak highly enough of this guy.

Seriously, you need this record in your collection. Oh, and he throws down a wicked dj set, so go check him out if he comes to your town, you won’t be dissapointed.

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