Every so often there comes an artist who both can defy and define genres. For EDM, these musicians are few and far between – we see far more imitators than trend-setters. Producers also tend to stick to what they know – a lot of the time an artist never lets his music escape the confines of his own macbook. It’s exciting when a producer tries out new methods and styles to create music, and experimenters are important figures in the world of art. Surely it is those who break free from the confines of the status quo and delve into unknown territory that can create something that seems unreal. “Avant Garde” is hardly a label electronic musicians can earn; that title is generally reserved for artists in jazz and painting. With the advent of modern software synthesis and audio processing comes a new era of music, where a person is practically free to create any soundscape he wants.
Flying Lotus is one of these game-changing, genre bending figures that only comes along every so often. Finding his roots in hip-hop, jazz, and turntablism, Steven Ellison A.K.A. Flying Lotus has been releasing music with Warp Records since 2007. He is no underground artist either – Flying Lotus is the seventh most followed person on soundcloud with almost four million followers.
Not only is Flying Lotus a music producer, he has a hip-hop alter ego, Captain Murphy, who appears as a shadowy figure based on an Adult Swim show. Captain Murphy is not Lotus’s only link to Adult Swim; Flylo has produced a large portion of the music the program plays randomly in between shows. Music is literally in this man’s blood; Steven Ellison is the great nephew of the jazz pianist Alice Coltrane, wife of the great saxaphone player John Coltrane. On the note of the sax, Flylo has even been called “the jazz of EDM”. I’ve been told that by several different people
Flying Lotus is set to release his fifth studio album You’re Dead! on October 7.
“The album isn’t about the end, it’s really the beginning. It’s a celebration of the next experience”
What is “the next experience”? Flying Lotus seems to know. In anticipation of his new album, he has released an insane, overstimulating video featuring short clips of some of his upcoming songs. From the short bursts of music in this teaser, it sounds like a musical masterpiece – clearly this album will be different from anything dance musicians have been putting out lately. With collaborations from Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, and even Herbie Hancock (he’s still alive?), You’re Dead is the next big musical release I’m looking forward to. Artist like Kendrick and Hancock don’t just collaborate with anybody. It means a lot to bring a variety of artists onboard when crafting a musical compilation.
Watch the You’re Dead! teaser here:
01 – Theme
02 – Tesla [ft. Herbie Hancock] 03 – Cold Dead
04 – Fkn Dead
05 – Never Catch Me [ft. Kendrick Lamar] 06 – Dead Man’s Tetris [ft. Snoop Dogg and Captain Murphy] 07 – Turkey Dog Coma
08 – Stirring
09 – Coronus, the Terminator
10 – Siren Song [ft. Angel Deradoorian] 11 – Turtles
12 – Ready Err Not
13 – Eyes Above
14 – Moment of Hesitation [ft. Herbie Hancock] 15 – Descent Into Madness [ft. Thundercat] 16 – The Boys Who Died in Their Sleep [ft. Captain Murphy] 17 – Obligatory Cadence
18 – Your Potential / The Beyond [ft. Niki Randa] 19 – The Protest