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)
- Post Requisite
- Heroes In A Half Shell
- More feat. Anderson .Paak
- Burning Down The House feat. George Clinton
- Spontaneous feat. Little Dragon
- Pilgrim Side Eye
- All Spies
- Yellow Belly feat. Tierra Whack
- Black Balloons Reprise feat. Denzel Curry
- Fire Is Coming feat. David Lynch
- Inside Your Home
- Actually Virtual feat. Shabazz Palaces
- Remind U
- Say Something
- Debbie Is Depressed
- Find Your Own Way Home
- The Climb feat. Thundercat
- 9 Carrots feat. Toro y Moi
- Land Of Honey feat. Solange
- Thank U Malcolm
- Hot Oct.