Flying Lotus previews first new album in five years with David Lynch-assisted ‘Fire Is Coming’

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Flying Lotus previews first new album in five years with David Lynch-assisted ‘Fire Is Coming’Flying Lotus 3d Live

Flying Lotus has unequivocally been one of the most diverse and prolific producers of the past decade. His range has known no bounds. From the hip-hop interludes between late-night Adult Swim shows, to his collaborations with Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Thundercat, and Thom Yorke, to heralding his own label and artistic collective, the Los Angeles-based visionary has consistently pushed the limits. Now, FlyLo is teasing his first new album in five years with the release of his unsettling new single “Fire Is Coming” featuring iconic filmmaker David Lynch. On his latest, it’s clear the artist lesser known as Steve Ellison is pushing once again, and this time, it’s well into the avant-garde.

The video, directed by the You’re Dead! producer and David Firth, lies the same realm of something one might find playing on an old TV in the Museum of Modern Art. In the new visual, David Lynch’s face twists and his eyes burn with fire as he tells a story from the mouth of a wolf in a wheelchair. His story is told to children adorned in fur. The score to this short film is in line with the visuals, it scratches and itches, it evokes an inalienable fear. The fear is that of the end or the impending notion of an apocalypse, which is a theme Flylo hasn’t been shy about in his previous works.

“I’d been working on stuff for the past five years, but it was always all over the place. 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,” says Ellison in a press statement.

Mortality and humanity have been themes in his work for many years and despite their subtle nature have drawn realists, dreamers, and optimistic nihilists towards his music and message in droves.

Though this preview could be described as “disturbing”FlyLo’s upcoming FlamagraLP does manage to boast an impressive list of features—Anderson .Paak, Solange, George Clinton, Little Dragon, Thundercat, Toro y Moi and more will grace the album. Flamagra is expected to release May 24 on Warp Records.

Flamagra tracklist: 

1. Heroes 
2. Post Requisite
3. Heroes In A Half Shell 
4. More feat. Anderson .Paak
5. Capillaries 
6. Burning Down The House feat. George Clinton
7. Spontaneous feat. Little Dragon
8. Takashi
9. Pilgrim Side Eye 
10. All Spies 
11. Yellow Belly feat. Tierra Whack
12. Black Balloons Reprise feat. Denzel Curry
13. Fire Is Coming feat. David Lynch
14. Inside Your Home 
15. Actually Virtual feat. Shabazz Palaces
16. Andromeda 
17. Remind U 
18. Say Something 
19. Debbie Is Depressed 
20. Find Your Own Way Home 
21. The Climb feat. Thundercat
22. Pygmy 
23. 9 Carrots feat. Toro y Moi
24. FF4 
25. Land Of Honey feat. Solange
26. Thank U Malcolm 
27. Hot Oct.

.Paak is back: Artist announces new LP on the way, accompanying tour

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.Paak is back: Artist announces new LP on the way, accompanying tourAnderson .paak Onard Release Date Artwork

Seasoned crooner Anderson .Paak just doesn’t seem to ever run out of steam. Mere months after dropping his highly acclaimed LP, Oxnard, in November 2018, .Paak is back, and eyeing his next album release. The followup to Oxnard bears the name Ventura, and as in the case of Oxnard, Ventura too accredits Dr. Dre as the project’s executive producer. Slated to arrive on April 12, Ventura is the fourth and final installment in .Paak’s narrative series of albums.

“Growing up in Oxnard gave me the grit and the church to find this voice of mine. One town over, I went further and found my depth,” .Paak said in a release. “The duality of each place inspired me greatly and from that I made two albums at the exact same time, but held one back because that would have been too many songs to perform live for you all! I like ending things on an even number, so welcome to Ventura.”

Post-Ventura release, .Paak will embark on a 21-date tour in support of the album. Thundercat will assist at each stop on the tour, while Earl Sweatshirt, Noname, Mac DeMarco, and Jesse Reyez will appear as openers on select dates. The tour, entitled “Anderson .Paak’s Best Teef in the Game Tour,” will take the artist through a myriad of major U.S. cities, spanning New York, Toronto, Chicago, and more. Tickets to the tour will go on sale on March 8. Each ticket purchase comes with either a CD or digital edition of Ventura.

Anderson .Paak’s Best Teef in the Game Tour Dates

May 17 – Nashville, TN @ Ascend Amphitheater
May 20 – Cleveland, OH @ Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
May 21 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Met Philadelphia
May 23 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
May 26 – Westbrook, ME (Portland) @ Maine Savings Pavilion at Rock Row
May 28 – Baltimore, MD @ MECU Pavilion
May 30 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
June 1 – Toronto, ON @ RBC Echo Beach
June 2 – Detroit, MI (Rochester Hills) @ Meadow Brook Amphitheatre
June 4 – Chicago, IL @ Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
June 6 – Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheater
June 7 – Atlanta, GA @ Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park
June 8 – New Orleans, LA @ Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square
June 11 – Houston, TX @ Revention Music Center
June 12 – Dallas, TX (Irving) @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
June 14 – Denver, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
June 16 – Las Vegas, NV @ Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort
June 19 – Vancouver, BC @ PNE Forum
June 20 – Seattle WA @ WaMu Theater
June 22 – Portland, OR @ McMenamins Edgefield Amphitheatre
June 27 – San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

Ross From Friends, TOKiMONSTA, Mr. Oizo, Flying Lotus and more celebrate ‘Brainfeeder X’

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Ross From Friends, TOKiMONSTA, Mr. Oizo, Flying Lotus and more celebrate ‘Brainfeeder X’Brainfeeder Artwork

LA’s Brainfeeder has celebrated its tenth anniversary in the best way for any label to mark a milestone: releasing a wonderful amount of new music. Started in 2008 by iconic electronic resident of the future Flying Lotus, Brainfeeder has since attracted some of the best out-of-the-box talents of the last decade, many of which are showcased on the imprint’s culminating compilation Brainfeeder X. The 36-track offering — with 22 new tracks in total — has been teased in the weeks leading up to its release, with artists like Ross From Friends,  Thundercat, and FlyLo himself building hype with new singles that now have been released amongst a slew of other work.

The Brainfeeder X compilation will be flanked by a four LP box set and a coordinating live show to take place on December 15 in London. The compilation features highlights from Mr. Oizo, TOKiMONSTA, Daedelus, BADBADNOTGOOD, and more. Stream Brainfeeder X below.

NMF Roundup: Oliver Heldens remixes CHIC, SLANDER and Spag Heddy team up, Ray Volpe flips Ookay + more

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NMF Roundup: Oliver Heldens remixes CHIC, SLANDER and Spag Heddy team up, Ray Volpe flips Ookay + moreOcaso Festival Tamarindo By Pablo Murillo 06 01 2018 0525

It’s most important day of the week: New Music Friday.

This week’s releases are true stunners. After announcing a collaboration with Lights back in July, deadmau5 has finally unveiled “Drama Free” as part of his mau5ville: Level 2 EP. Oliver Heldens throws it back four decades by remixing CHIC‘s 1978 hit “Le Freak,” adding in a pounding bass to accentuate the original’s groovy beat. Bingo Players and Bali Bandits bring the funk with “Body Rock,” and SLANDER and Spag Heddy waste no time setting “Running to You” on fire. Ray Volpe puts his own spin on Ookay‘s “In My Mind,” while Party Favor taps Naïka for the hefty “Blame.” As part of What So Not‘s Not All The Beautiful Things remix package, AC Slater‘s put his signature bass-fueled house spin on the famous “Goh.” Kill Paris has put his own laid-back twist on Alison Wonderland‘s “Easy,” and Ross From Friends thrills with a take on Thundercat‘s “Friend Zone.”

As each week brings a succession of new music from some of electronic music’s biggest artists, here’s a selection of tracks that shouldn’t be missed this NMF.

Photo credit: Pablo Murillo

FlyLo’s Brainfeeder celebrates 10th anniversary with new compilation

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FlyLo’s Brainfeeder celebrates 10th anniversary with new compilationFlying Lotus Brainfeeder Compilation

Over the past decade, Flying Lotus’ label Brainfeeder has consistently published a discography of experimental genre-defying music that genuinely challenged its listeners to grow and its artists to become household names. What better way to celebrate a perfect wave than to ride it? With the announcement of Brainfeeder X, it’s clear FlyLo plans to do just that.

The two-volume 36-track compilation is spliced between what has been and what will come to be. In volume one lives a homage to the label’s past decade with tracks from Taylor McFerrin, TOKiMONSTA, and Lapalux. Volume two boasts an even more contemporary sound through unreleased tracks from Thundercat featuring BADBADNOTGOOD, FlyLo with BUSDRIVER, Louis Cole, Taylor Graves, Ross from Friends and more. All in all, 22 of the 36 tracks are unreleased and are surefire sonic gold.

Brainfeeder X will be available November 16 digitally, as two CDs, and as a four-vinyl box set (expertly packaged by Charles Munka, who also designed the Brainfeeder logo). In tune with the theme of celebration and collaboration, there will be a Brainfeeder x London show on December 15. Flying Lotus and Thundercat are already on the lineup, but it’s guaranteed Brainfeeder won’t be pulling any punches with the artists and friends coming through. In veteran internet-age style, FlyLo also put out his remix of Brandon Coleman’s jam “Walk Free” to accompany the project’s release announcement, listen below.  

Thundercat returns with groovy new single, ‘Final Fight’

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The multi-talented jazz fusion doyen, Thundercat, has stamped his undeniable virtuosity and trademark funkiness on Adult Swim’s ongoing Singles Program. Joining the likes of artists from Run The Jewels to Jlin, is Thundercat’s first new single since his critically-acclaimed early-2017 album, Drunk.

“Final Fight” features highly contrasting moments of Thundercat’s beloved M.O., between vivacious vocal coalescences, ample bass slaps, and aqueous undulations of guitar-driven energy. It’s a riveting return, and considering he’s coming off a year of collaborating with legends like Kendrick Lamar, Wiz Khalifa, Michael McDonald, and Kenny Loggins, it’s a track that definitely hints at yet another major year in the big leagues.

Flying Lotus releases new track in year end Brainfeeder mix

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A decade ago, Flying Lotus kicked off his independent Brainfeeder record label, where he set out to hone in on the left of center intersections of electronic music and instrumental hip-hop. Since then, the label’s signed experimental artists like Thundercat, The Underachievers, Lapalux, Mr. Oizo, and more.

Moving into 2018, Brainfeeder producer PBDY has released a new collection of Brainfeeder tracks on a new mix, Brainfeeder 2017 ∞ 2018. In it’s SoundCloud description, PBDY’s referred to it as, “A collection of Brainfeeder tracks & rarities as well as a glimpse of what’s to come in 2018.”

The 46-minute mix boasts Brainfeeder exclusives like a Lapalux collaboration with Lousiahhh, as well as work from labelmate Iglooghost, and a few Thundercat remixes. The very last track on the mix is a new instrumental number from the Brainfeeder-boss, Flying Lotus himself, entitled “Quarantine.”

“Quarantine” is a more subdued sound than Flying Lotus’s recent output, specifically the rap-centric You’re Dead! album of 2014, which featured collaborations with Kendrick Lamar, Captain Murphy, Snoop Dogg, and more. The instrumentals of the new track shine a light on the endless sonic opportunities and possible avenues for FlyLo’s new record, which he’s recently confirmed he’s currently finishing.

Tracklist:
Locust Toybox – “Kuxir”
Lapalux – “Rotted Arp (feat. Louisahhh)”
Tierra Whack – “Mumbo Jumbo”
Topic – “Sonic Rain”
Iglooghost – “Kodama”
Miguel Atwood-Ferguson – “Kazaru”
Thundercat – “Bus In These Streets (DJ Manny Remix)”
Jameszoo – “Flu (feat. Arthur Verocai) (DJ Manny Remix)”
Louis Cole – “Bank Account”
Thundercat – “Drink Dat Drink Dat (Feat. Wiz Khalifa) (Chopnotslop Remix)”
Lapalux – “Holding On”
Little Snake – “Lilith”
Iglooghost – “Bug Thief”
Locust Toybox – “Godlips”
Ross From Friends – “Crimson”
Thundercat – “Friend Zone”
Louis Cole – “Thinking”
Salami Rose Joe Lewis – “Cool Down”
Iglooghost – “Slow Heal”
Buttress – “We Survived!”
Miguel Atwood-Ferguson – “To Be Continued”
Flying Lotus – “Quarantine”

Compilation Artwork by: Mckay Felt

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