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Flying Lotus takes a crowbar to musical categories on 2010's Cosmogramma. Wrenching apart hip-hop, jazz and IDM, he fashions a ladder to the stars out of the splinters. Building on the psychedelic beat music of his previous releases, he looks to Thundercat's wily electric bass and Rebekah Raff's gossamer harp to add melody and movement. Thom Yorke even guests on one song. But the album's dynamic swirl of colour and texture remains a radically democratic affair—a collective attempt to unlock hidden reaches of consciousness.

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Although there are 17 tracks on this album, it may seem like Flying Lotus has compiled a dozen interludes and three singles. The Thom Yorke track is an obvious standout, as is the eerie, Portishead-like Table Tennis and fantastic jazz-scatting-come-electric-orchestra of Do The Astral Plane.

Give it a few listens however, and you'll find that the meticulous production bleeds through the album, from the lush strings of Intro / A Cosmic Drama, to the claps of closer Galaxy In Janaki, to the fumbling percussion and saxophone juxtaposition of German Haircut, to the blip-blop synths of Drips / Auntie's Harp.

Cosmogramma is more than a sum of it's parts; it's a space opera of epic proportions. Fresh, exciting, different: well worth £7.99.

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As Mary Anne Hobbs said, Flying Lotus is the Jimi Hendrix of our generation. No one understands music, people and how they are connected quite like this artist. Consider the bar raised.

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This album has been described as messy and jazztronica by some, the later expression is probably a fair description but I don't think that it can be levelled solely in a negative light. I would concede that this album is has the feel of musical noodling, almost free form compositions and if a track is taken on its own merits it can seem incoherent and mired in a particular beat, when in fact this album actually forms a coherent whole. Having listened to this album on numerous occasions in full I think that it has been composed so that it can only be enjoyed by listening in full, it really does seem to lull, even hypnotise you into an electro day dream. Be under no illusions this is not light listening, if you were expecting a series of 2 minutes tracks with instant hooks this album is not for you. To conclude, if this album has any faults I would suggest that it is not always instantly engaging and furthermore the collaborations are wasted. Who needs Thom Yorke mumbling and Laura Darlington (aka Mrs Daedelus) who has that bizarre accent which is a bastardised pastiche of an English accent and in my view this is clearly not suited to the tone of the album? Good but not great.


Born: 07 October 1983 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Experimental electronic music producer Flying Lotus, born Steven Ellison, is a grandson of songwriter Marilyn McLeod (the co-writer of Diana Ross' "Love Hangover"), as well as a great-nephew of pianist Alice Coltrane, and therefore a cousin of saxophonist Ravi Coltrane. Ellison made beats for the Cartoon Network's Adult Swim network before releasing his debut full-length, 1983, which resembled the work of fellow avant-garde hip-hop producers Madlib, J Dilla, and Ammoncontact on Plug Research in 2006....
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