Flying Lotus made headlines last week after the release of “More,” a single from his new album featuring Anderson .Paak. The track, which has apparently been in the works for more than five years, now has an accompanying video that includes all the surrealism expected from a Flying Lotus video.
Directed by Shinichiro Watanabe of the anime “Cowboy Bebop,” the video hosts Anderson .Paak as a robot, doling out advice (in the form of soulful bars) to Flying Lotus’ pained space-man character, eventually turning him into a burning tree made of human organs. The second video from Flamagra, Flying Lotus’ forthcoming album due out May 24, this release only makes the 27-track, feature-heavy project more intriguing.
Flying Lotus will release his new 27-track album, Flamagra, later this month. The LP will be his first in almost five years, following 2014’s You’re Dead!. So far, we’ve heard “Fire Is Coming,” “Spontaneous,” “Takashi,” and, most recently, “More” featuring Anderson .Paak. Today, FlyLo shares the Shinichiro Watanabe-directed music … More »
Flying Lotus has a gargantuan 27-track album coming out soon called Flamagra, his first full-length since 2014’s You’re Dead! So far, we’ve heard two proper singles, the Little Dragon collab “Spontaneous” and “Takashi,” plus our eerie introduction to the album “Fire Is Coming” with David Lynch. Today, FlyLo has … More »
A cornerstone ingredient in FORM’s annual success, the weekend’s jammed itinerary consists of talks, panels, workshops, immersive art, poetry, new technologies, and outdoor/wellness activities, each presented by renowned experts in their respective fields. This year’s most anticipated topics include Between Two Books—a conversation between Florence Welch and authors Nadya Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot and Ysra Daley-Ward, art workshops with African-American artist and performer at the festival, Lonnie Holley, and a poetry series curated by spoken word artist George Watsky. Other programming high points include a rare public demo of Tónandi—Sigur Rós’s mixed-reality project with tech innovators Magic Leap, as well as a conversation with Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Extremely happy old-school soul-singer and inveterate festival-wrecker Anderson .Paak just released the new album Ventura, his first in a few months. That means that Anderson .Paak has been in full-on charm-offensive media-blitz mode for about the past six months. You would think he would be exhausted! He is not! Instead, he staged his latest bit … More »
Pink has never fit in — so much so that not fitting in has become part of her personal brand. Despite spending two decades operating from deep within the mainstream machine, Alicia Beth Moore can believably tout herself as a pop star for the outsiders and the rebels. It’s a weird thing to say about … More »
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 Swimshows, 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.
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.
After appearing on several songs on Dr. Dre’s Compton, Anderson .Paak broke out in a big way in 2016 with his own great album Malibu and the Knxwledge collaboration Yes Lawd! Back in November, nearly three years later, he finally followed them up with the slightly underwhelming new album Oxnard. But … More »
The Roc Nation-produced festival has been a persistent Labor Day festivity since its debut in 2012. Since its inception, the festival has raised $103 million for the city. This year, proceeds will go to American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania and REFORM ALLIANCE, Jay and Meek Mill‘s criminal justice reform organization.
TIDAL subscribers have access to perks along the way, such as ticket pre-sale from April 2 to April 4, fast-track entrance to the festival, artist meet and greets, and specialty merchandise. The festival will also be available for steam on TIDAL.
In line with a lengthy track record of top-notch annual programming, Outside Lands‘ 2019 lineup is a mixed bag of musical talent that offers something for all types of music lover. The San Francisco affair’s collection of headliners is rife with artists who are in the midst of career hot streaks. Recent multiple Grammy Award-winning artist Kacey Musgraves tops the lineup with Anderson .Paak, Childish Gambino, and Flume. Attendees can presumably expect Flume to use his Outside Lands slot as a launchpad for new music, given his release of mixtape, Hi, This is Flume, and his ensuing announcement that more fresh material would soon follow. Paul Simon, Twenty One Pilots, The Lumineers, Blink-182, Kygo, Leon Bridges, and Lil Wayne round out the remaining headliners.
Outside Lands’ 2019 lineup represents the electronic genre in its broad scope. RL Grime, San Holo, Big Wild, DJ Koze, Justin Martin, Shallou, and Bob Moses appear among the many producers tapped to perform at the festival. Moreover, DJ Koze, Bay Area-natives Luttrell and Justin Martin, and Flying Lotus‘ lauded 3D show all appear on this year’s billing too. Outside Lands will descend upon San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park from August 9-11. GA and VIP passes to the event will go on-sale on March 28 at 10 AM PT, and can be purchased, here.