Nearly half a decade has somehow elapsed since the last Flying Lotus album – the GRAMMY-nominated “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):
As a first listen of the LP and to tide us over until its release, FlyLo has shared ‘Fire is Coming’, his collaboration with Lynch. The song is definitely not a Game of Thrones pun, though its FlyLo-directed video features rabid children and Lynch dressed up as some kind of canine storyteller/soothsayer. You’ll have to see it for yourself. Watch it above!