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While previous releases like ‘Los Angeles’ had made Flying Lotus (Steven Ellison) a buzz-act in the electronic underground, the project’s third LP ‘Cosmogramma’ made it clear that we had a special talent on our hands. This 2010 record is boundlessly creative, with Ellison incorporating spiritual jazz, free music, new-age composition, glitch and a hatful of other styles into his hip-hop-tronica core. Most impressive of all that, for all its high-falutin genre concerns, ‘Cosmogramma’ remains an extremely accessible record, full of thrills and spills. Thom Yorke features on ‘... And The World Laughs With You’ - not the last time he’d be seen on a FlyLo release.

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Cosmogramma by Flying Lotus
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9/10 Brian 29 April 2010

Talk about a fookin' cryptic puzzle! That cool young dude with the essence of the beautiful Alice Coltrane in his genes has smacked us with album number 4 - if you include the superb essential primer EP 'Reset'. This is what Warp records are truly about. Sublime electronic journeys. They've unleashed enough of them in the past! 'Cosmogramma' has had one criticism leveled at it & that's it's supposedly cluttered, over-layered passages. Just relax your mind, man, and it's a dream odyssey, far less aural wallpaper than the nevertheless ace 'Los Angeles'. There's so much more to this blinding mix (...for it flows like a dream mixtape) - mind melting percussive onslaughts of a staggering eclecticism throughout, plus the vibrant essence of wild jazz, mellow soul, digital funk & laconic hip-hop; it all freely breathes lungfuls on here. Truly soulful & deep electronica of the highest order, absolutely life-affirming! Maybe this will be a much loved smokers album, I hope so, I'm not always lighting up the chongs but tonight, for this baby, I sure am!



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