Artist – Flying Lotus
Album – You’re Dead! (2014)
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Flying Lotus (Steven Ellison) is an American producer/rapper. known for his mixture of contrasting genres Lotus likes to write and produce material in Jazz, Hip-Hop, Electronic, just to name a few. Lotus also raps on his own material under the previously secret identity of Captain Murphy, but this was unveiled after the release of his first rap mixtape. Currently Flying Lotus has five studio albums out, 1983 (2006), Los Angeles (2008), Cosmogramma (2010), Until The Quiet Comes (2012) and the new release You’re Dead! (2014).
You’re dead is a moulding of progressive jazz with experimental hip hop beats and rap, creating something truly unique sounding. There are a few special guest performances on this album, most notably Snoop Dogg and Kendrick Lamar on the songs ‘Dead Mans Tetris’ & ‘Never Catch Me’, whom don’t do anything wildly out of their comfort zone but simply bring the vocal style they are both known for into lotus’s mix. As is typical with Flying Lotus’s albums the track list is full of very quick (1 -2 min) songs/interludes creating a pathway between the more lengthy tracks, these interludes, mainly instruments, creating drama through odd soundscapes and repetitive melodies/rhythms. Being the nephew of John & Alice Coltrane has certainly inspired Lotus’s music, the technique, experimentalism and authenticity of the jazz musicianship is extraordinary through this album, showing incredible performances on all instruments and an understanding of harmony and rhythm comparable with any great jazz musician.
Overall this is an incredible mixture of genres, each performed perfectly by themselves, but more interestingly together. Guest appearances could have been a little more experimental, due to the experimental style of this entire album. You’re Dead! certainly deserves a listen from any avid Jazz, electronic, Hip-Hop fan, or simply anyone with an experimental taste in their music.