more new flying lotus, now with extra purple
By Sound Check
April 23, 2019
Tell us you knew that the insane video of wolf children listening to David Lynch that Flying Lotus released last week wasn’t really a lead single? Following up on that slice of fantastic horror dementia, the Los Angeles artist born Steven Ellison drops two tracks that really do give a sense of what his long-awaited upcoming album, Flamagra, is really all about. And if you want to put a phrase on it, “electronic funk” isn’t a bad one.
First, there’s “Takashi,” a track co-written and performed with Stephen “Thundercat” Bruner and his drumming brother Ronald, keyboardist Brandon Coleman from Kamasi Washington’s band, and Tokyo-based soul synthesist, Syunsuke Ono. What begins as something sexy and deliberate soon picks up tempo and speeds up towards the land of many synthesizers, the bass pumping while a rolling church organ pushes the groove upward and onward. If you’ve ever heard the jams that Prince’s Revolution performed on the Purple Rain tour — this five minutes of magic isn’t far from there.
The other new FlyLo song, “Spontaneous,” also adds a layer of sexiness. It comes replete with a soulful vocal from the one and only Yukimi Nagano or Little Dragon, over a funky pop tune. It’s all coming together.
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