There are the artists that the Kanye’s take their loops from and create pop monsters; Kanye lifted from Daft Punk who stole the loop in turn from another artist whose name I dont even know. But outside of packaging, there is the original artist. Even if it’s an electronic artist where various sounds or samples have been fused to create a new whole. Heck google is a remix of other people’s content. And Flying Lotus, which I uncovered in Pitchfork’s awesome Top 50 2008 albums, which I keep going thru and have at least 1/5th of the albums now (u can actually download the top 50 as 4 files thx to an enterprising piratebayer) Anyway, hearing Flying Lotus for first time today - it reminds me when I first heard DJ Krush on the Mo Wax label, then DJ Shadow, James Lavelle, Portishead etc That ended up being the whole Trip Hop sound out of Bristol, UK.
But this time the sound isnt from our fellow cricket playing friends; Flying Lotus is from California, and so it’s apt his album is called Los Angeles, and his 2 EP’s : L.A. There is also a gr8 radio mix, while as dense and layered as Aphex Twin, it’s alot more approachable / filmic if there’s such a word. And it’s got bass dont worry. Damn I’m excited. As Pitchfork say if this is the future of HipHop its in good hands, the full quote at #28 in top 50 albums of 08 :
“It says something about the depth and cohesiveness of Steven Ellison’s deconstructed hip-hop opus Los Angeles that, unlike most other entries on this list, it has no clear standout. In fact, it’s almost impossible to choose one favorite song. Like the melting black rubber that adorns its cover, the record’s pieces twist and mutate, colliding or bleeding into one another in intricate patterns that are best absorbed in the wider context of the whole LP. Alongside the crackling beats that recall the great J Dilla, FlyLo conceals his complex rhythms in low-key, sometimes gentle arrangements that can lull the listener into a blunted haze. Take a sober listen and you’ll discover a forward-thinking producer who, like Aphex Twin before him, uses disassembled and reformatted digital elements to create some seriously next-level shit. And the album’s three subsequent L.A. EPs find him looking even further ahead, putting his transformative spin on other genres such as dubstep. If this really is the future of hip-hop, we’re in pretty good hands.”
Flying Lotus LP, EPs + Mixes : The Downloads
You Can Listen to 120 minute Flying Lotus Mix’ere to get an idea of sound.
Grab the mix via a torrent which they make available so ur not doin anything bad.
If you want to get all 50 of Pitchfork’s Top 50 Albums of 08 which would be an amazing 6+ Gig it’s ere. Wow.
Or something smaller, here he tears up an already crazy Lil’Wayne track. Kudos.
I’ve had a crap Monday - I’m wiping everything off my Ipod shuffle and putting the above on… and going for a long run. And yay Mad Men won Best TV Drama, Sookie Best TV Actress, Gabriel Byrne Best TV actor, Heath got Supporting + Slumdog Millionaire won 4 Golden Globes - incl Best Picture - twitter’s got the juice, it is such an amazing film. Respekt. True creativity in the house.