Fresh off making people throw up in the cinema with Kuso, Flying Lotus is back at it again with his latest album Flamagra. As always, the album is a frenetic maelstrom of hip-hop, R&B, jazz, soul, funk, beats, and whatever else Mr Lotus managed to put on between joints. He's also managed to fit in enough guests for a decent music festival with Solange, Tierra Whack and George Clinton appearing as well as lots (and lots) more.
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Flying Lotus (Steve to his mum) has been pushing the boundaries of late first up with the 75% jazz You're Dead then by directing horrifying avant garde film Kuso. Depicting someone with a large talking bug in their anus is all very well but what about the warm summers day soft top down vibes we expect from his earlier musical endeavours? Well there's plenty here as Fly Lo goes back to making music for those of us who just enjoy stuff and don't want to be challenged all the time.
There's guests all over the shop. Anderson.Paak turns up on More - a track which sort of goes the other way and is almost ridiculously smooth and commercial - luckily there's lots more lop sided stuff to counteract it such as the floppy Capilliaries that follows it - made up of a sort of broken, distorted synth and off kilter beat, a detuned piano joins for the ride on a brilliant if totally dysfunctional piece of music. George Clinton is on the chaotic party jam of Burning Down the House where voices twist in and out of the mix, including a really annoying screechy one but this is what we pay Flying Lotus for - to make music that is both enjoyable and slightly strange. I do wonder whether the guests could threaten to become a distraction at times, and certainly Spontaneous ft Little Dragon doesn't offer that much. The thing is though that this is one of those albums where if you don't like one track there'll be another along in a minute. At 27 tracks long it's hard to digest in one sitting. My initial impressions are that the main guest strewn tracks show a more mature radio friendly Flying Lotus but in between are all manner of quirky little musical interludes - some brilliant, some possibly extraneous.
It's all over the place, David Lynch does a spoken word thing, Thundercat's on possibly the albums smoothest cut The Climb which sounds just like....Thundercat and I've not even got to the Solange guest spot.
A smorgasbord of fun. You won't want to eat all of it but it's there if you need it.
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