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Flying Lotus – Los Angeles

Posted by David on February 17, 2010

Los Angeles is a 2008 album by up-and-coming electronic artist Steven Ellison, a.k.a. Flying Lotus. The album is a string of hip-hoppish/trip-hoppish beats, accented with hazy-sounding synths and chopped-up little snatches of speech and singing. He conjures up an incredibly viscous sound: the heavy hits of the kick drums forever seem to be dragging just slightly, record needle noise runs thick over much of it, and the accompanying samples and melodies all have a slightly drunken, far-off feel to them. I suspect that combining this music with some kind of depressant might risk melting one’s face off. I was put off at first — it takes a little getting used to — but the longer I’ve played this and the louder I’ve played it, the further I have gotten into its deep, syrupy grooviness. Another cool act on the strange and magical roster of Warp Records.

Those are both a bit more upbeat than much of the album, but they’re a couple of my favourites.


2 Responses to “Flying Lotus – Los Angeles”

  1. Steve said

    My brother turned me on to Flying Lotus last year. He’s been a fan since the release of “Tea Leaf Dancers”

    Flying Lotus did a *killer* set at DEMF last year too, by all accounts. I missed it but my brother caught it. I didn’t get to the festival until later in the day that day. I’m hoping he comes back since I’ll definitely be at DEMF again this year, but won’t be splitting my time between it and other obligations.

    Great pick!

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