Flying Lotus - Los Angeles
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As we know from the Reset EP, Flying Lotus has been influenced by dubstep and is regularly featured on the BBC Radio shows of Gilles Peterson, Mary Ann Hobbs and Benji B. We also know L.A. is the heart of the movie industry and Flying Lotus manages to mix up his ‘Madlib’ with cinematic influences a la Quiet Village with elements of Black Pocket with early Daedelus.
For us jazz fans, the sentimental track is the short tribute to Alice Coltrane (‘Auntie’s Harp’), the ‘warped’ ‘Testament’ and the Om of ‘Auntie’s Lock/Infinitum’ featuring the glorious vocals of Laura Darlington (aka Mrs Daedelus).
But that’s the last three tracks on the album! Not to worry, this CD works like a slow burner starting with the appropriately entitled opener ‘Brainfeeder’, the ethno ‘Camel’, the broken space travel of ‘Comet Course’, the dubstep of ‘Riot’, the experimental ‘GNG BNG’ and the soulful ‘RobertaFlack’ that features the sweet vocals of girl of the moment, Dolly (aka Ahu); the one remixed by Martyn as favoured by Mary Ann Hobbs.
With such a mixed bag it takes a time to get into it but Fly Lo proves that he’s one of the most imaginary producers around.
Not only that, he’s a busy boy as on the gig front as he was on the RZA tour earlier this year (who has recently released an album called Digi Snacks), appeared at Sonar, the Venn Festival (with the Heliocentrics, see review HERE) and is off to the Big Chill 2008 in August.
And just to top that, he’s been working of jazz vocalist and Gilles Peterson protégé, José James on the hip track of the moment, ‘Visions of Violet’ (currently on GPs myspace - see links below).
Hectic Mix nominations: (as above) + ‘Parisian Goldfish’, ‘Beginners Falafel’, ‘SexSlaveShip’
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Reviewed: Flying Lotus - Los Angeles (Warp Records) Cat. No. WARP CD 165 Release date: June 2008
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