2LP £19.99
  • SKU: WARPLP291
  • UPC: 0801061029111
  • Release Date: 24 May 2019


Label Review. 

2019 album also available on CD.

Our Overview. 

Flying Lotus after a hiatus of nearly five years is back to thrill us with his new album - crammed with 27 spectacular tracks - ’Flamagra’, which follows his grammy nominated album 2014’s ‘You’re Dead’. Steve Ellison - aka Flying Lotus - comes from a high pedigree of musicians, his great aunt was the jazz pianist Alice Coltrane married to saxophonist John Coltrane, so music courses through his veins and influences his acclaimed blend of experimental electronic vibes with jazz flavoured hip-hop. And and Flying Lotus’ stock has never been higher.

Since he released ‘Your’e Dead he interim years have seen him collaborating with Kendrick Lamar on the classic ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’, directing and writing the Sundance-premiered ‘Kuso’ movie and producing much of Thundercat’s ‘Drunk’.Flamagra’ encompasses hip hop, funk, soul, jazz, global dance music, tribal polyrhythms, IDM and the LA Beat scene but it soars above a specific vortex whose coordinates can’t be accurately charted. Other than to say that it is a Flying Lotus record, perhaps the definitive one. "I'd been working on stuff for the past five years, but it was always all over the place," says Flying Lotus in a statement. "I'd always had this thematic idea in mind -- a lingering concept about fire, an eternal flame sitting on a hill. Some people love it, some people hate it. Some people would go on dates there and some people would burn love letters in the fire."

Flylo's first single is a spoken track titled "Fire Is Coming" and features David Lynch, with the visual helmed by David Firth and Lo himself. The visual features Lynch speaking to a group of wolf children. Lynch -- who appears as a half wolf/half human -- finds his face distorting during the telling of his story. The horror-filled narrative brings fear to the children, especially after Lynch's eyes become engulfed in flames. "The fire is coming, the fire is coming," he barks continuously. 

As for Flylo, thuis album is a bulky one, including 27 tracks. The project features Solange, George Clinton, Tierra Whack, Anderson .Paak, Thundercat, Little Dragon, Shabazz Palaces, Toro Y Moi, Denzel Curry and more. There will also be a tribute track dedicated to the late Mac Miller titled “Thank U Malcolm.”‘Flamagra’ features (in order of appearance) Anderson .Paak, George Clinton, Little Dragon, Tierra Whack, Denzel Curry, David Lynch, Shabazz Palaces, Thundercat, Toro y Moi, Solange and more.

Flying Lotus will be touring North America, Europe and Japan in the autumn.