Nearly half a decade has somehow elapsed since the last Flying Lotus album—the Grammy-nominated cadaver tetris of You’re Dead! During that intermission, the multi-disciplinary Los Angeles artist has remained in constant orbit, collaborating with Kendrick Lamar on the classic To Pimp a Butterfly, directing and writing the Sundance-premiered comic horror hallucination Kuso, and producing much of Thundercat’s Drunk. He’s also nurtured his Brainfeeder imprint into the most consistently innovative record label of the decade. Yet throughout that span, there was the matter of his next full-length statement.

 

Enter Flamagra – a work that sweeps up every quantum advance and creative leap of the last dozen years of Lotus’ career and takes them even further; the Warp release encompasses hip-hop, funk, soul, jazz, global dance music, tribal poly-rhythms, IDM, the L.A. Beat scene, but it soars above a specific vortex whose coordinates can’t be accurately charted. Other than to say that it is a Flying Lotus record, perhaps the definitive one. An astral afro-futurist masterpiece of deep soul, cosmic dust, and startling originality.

 

“I’d been working on stuff for the past five years, but it was always all over the place. I’d always

had this thematic idea in mind—a lingering concept about fire, an eternal flame sitting on a hill,”

Lotus says. “Some people love it, some people hate it. Some people would go on dates there

and some people would burn love letters in the fire.”

 

Flamagra features (in order of appearance): Anderson .Paak, George Clinton, Little Dragon, Tierra Whack, Denzel Curry, David Lynch, Shabazz Palaces, Thundercat, Toro y Moi, Solange and more.

 

Flying Lotus will be touring North America, Europe and Japan in the fall.

 

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Words by Jeff Weiss [excerpt from ‘Flamagra’ bio]

Photo credit: Renata Raksha

Flying Lotus Flamagra (WARP)

  1. Heroes
  2. Post Requisite
  3. Heroes In A Half Shell
  4. More feat. Anderson .Paak
  5. Capillaries
  6. Burning Down The House feat. George Clinton
  7. Spontaneous feat. Little Dragon
  8. Takashi
  9. Pilgrim Side Eye
  10. All Spies
  11. Yellow Belly feat. Tierra Whack
  12. Black Balloons Reprise feat. Denzel Curry
  13. Fire Is Coming feat. David Lynch
  14. Inside Your Home
  15. Actually Virtual feat. Shabazz Palaces
  16. Andromeda
  17. Remind U
  18. Say Something
  19. Debbie Is Depressed
  20. Find Your Own Way Home
  21. The Climb feat. Thundercat
  22. Pygmy
  23. 9 Carrots feat. Toro y Moi
  24. FF4
  25. Land Of Honey feat. Solange
  26. Thank U Malcolm
  27. Hot Oct.

 

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