Flying Lotus drops new material during Warp Records’ 30th anniversary

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Flying Lotus drops new material during Warp Records’ 30th anniversaryFlying Lotus Live Photo Credit 3D Live

Few current music labels have their roots as deeply ingrained in the history of their scene as Warp Records does. The artist collective, which has a penchant for highlighting visionary, yet off-kilter acts including everyone from Autechre to Boards of Canada, celebrated their 30th anniversary this past week with a takeover of NTS Radio.

Feeling loose from the success of his latest LP, Flamagra, label centerpiece Flying Lotus brought one of the weekend’s show-stopping sets in his FLAMAGRA VS. WXAXRXP MIX, putting some mustard on an already bumping summer celebration with a further slew of unreleased material. Appearances from David Lynch as well as George Clinton don’t only demonstrate the depth of FlyLo’s bag of musical tricks, but show just how respected he is among the greater musical community.

The weekend brought fans over 100 hours of rare sets and forgotten cuts from a who’s who of the Warp roster, including the likes of Aphex Twin, Squarepusher and Hudson Mohawke, to cherry-pick just a few. Head over to NTS Radio to check out and relisten to the weekend’s star-studded lineup in full.


  • FLYLO 
    You’re Different Now (Unreleased)
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    A Dog Among The Ruin (Unreleased)
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    Throwing My Phone At The Wall If You Call (Unreleased)
  • FLYLO 
    Your Floppy Friend Soulja Boy (Unreleased)
    King Of The Hill
    Link Up
    Do The Astral Plane
    Dope Dogs George Clinton Unreleased
    Disco Is (Sunuske Ono Remix)
  • FLYLO 
    Takashi (Rework) *
    Takashi (Remix)
  • FLYLO 
    Your Grinder
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    Crash The Server Ft Denzel Curry / Unreleased Carole And Tuesday
    Fire Is Coming (Little Snake Rework)
  • FLYLO 
    The Clearing (Blade Runner 2022)
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    Roach Music
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    Cyclic Bit (Raymond Scott Cover)
  • FLYLO 
    The Seed (Unreleased)
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    Coool Ft. Sir Unreleased
    Walk Free (Flying Lotus Remix)
  • FLYLO 
    Carole And Tuesday Sdtk Unreleased
  • FLYLO 
    Cemetery Love Story Ft Aja Monet (Unreleased)
    Just Restart

Photo credit: 3D Live

Stream Flying Lotus’ FLAMAGRA vs. WXAXRXP Mix Featuring Unreleased Music

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Warp Records has been celebrating its 30th anniversary with a series of NTS Radio live sets from some of their biggest artists. So far, they’ve aired Aphex Twin rarities, a new Death Grips half-hour mix, and a new Boards Of Canada two-hour mix. Now, Flying Lotus has debuted new music in his FLAMAGRA … More »

Music Review: Flying Lotus – Flamagra

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Flying Lotus


[Warp; 2019]

Rating: 4/5

Even when just casually seeking out cultural criticism, you will likely read pieces on what a creation supposedly means for “our current moment.” This approach is oftentimes used as a conduit to lazily discuss hot-button issues — Trump, Brexit, Game of Thrones, you name it. It’s a fixation on the modern landscape that leads to a kind of regression, one that yields to what has been previously stated or taken for granted. In short, honing in on Twitter topics gives your analysis an expiration date, one that hardly warrants coming back to.

This is why Flying Lotus feels so vital (pardon the speak). He seems to have no interest in what anyone else is doing. And like so many visionaries before him, Steven Ellison takes cues from the cosmic consortium, basking in the glow of spaces undefined, places unreachable. His jazz née hip-hop swirly disregards the takeology complex, concerned instead with the grander landscape at hand. OK, the world is burning and fascist leaders are at power all over, but there’s more to existence than corporeal matters, y’know?

FlyLo draws on many of the cosmic jazz greats here. Shades of Sun Ra, Alice Coltrane, Pharoah Sanders — even George Clinton. His arrangements stay wondrous as usual, carrying a gravitas that hasn’t been present in his recent creative (see: non-musical) work. The man is far more interested in probing deeper truths than merely addressing a topic at a time. His operatic nature suits Flamagra immensely; one could see a theater company performing the album live, complete with flamboyant production and bizarre costumes.

Flamagra is also by far FlyLo’s most guest star-laden album. Ellison loves to curate talents who are just as weird as he. Tierra Whack comes through with predictably wacky lyricism, finding the essence of the song and infusing it wholeheartedly. Denzel Curry brings the opposite: a teeth-gnashing, Illmatic-esque boom-bap tune that reverses the mood and shows how unconcerned Flamagra is with comfort and permanence. On the back half of the album, Solange shows up with a wholly pertinent turn: her song “Land of Honey” draws on When I Get Home, hitting languid grooves and showing how well the two can work in tandem, straining the limits of this jazzy permutation.

If there is one major flaw in Flamagra, it’s that Flying Lotus didn’t think any songs needed to be cut. That’s OK, of course. It’s rare nowadays to see a true double album, an ambitious effort that’s not reliant on singles or gaming streaming platforms in order to boost profits. Maybe it’s just that I’m impatient, but with this record jam-packed with goodies to dig into, we can forgive Ellison for being greedy with his spoils. Why not, right? If the earth is crumbling and we are all passively doomed to a life of servitude by way of late-stage capitalism, Flamagra understands that there needs to be an astronomic aspiration to counteract this disparity. So take it in. Bathe in the lush, singular visions conjured by Flying Lotus. Refresh yourself and begin anew.

Premature Evaluation: Flying Lotus Flamagra

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In 2012, Steven Ellison, bka Flying Lotus, properly introduced his rapping alter ego Captain Murphy on a mixtape called Duality. If he were to continue that theme and reintroduce himself as the many-headed beast he’s become on Flamagra, then a more fitting title for the album would be Multiplicity. More »

Flying Lotus taps Denzel Curry for ‘Black Balloon Reprise’

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With the release of his next studio album, Flamagra, just days away, Steve Ellison—known commonly as Flying Lotus—has shared his next single before the drop: “Black Balloon Reprise” featuring Florida’s own Denzel Curry.

Curry announced on Twitter that this single will complete his “Black Balloon” song trilogy, with the first two (“BLACK BALLOONS” and “THE BLACKEST BALLOON”) being found on his 2018 album, TA13OO. Each of the three songs alludes to themes of fear and negativity, as Curry raps on the third in the series, “Lies are on the rise/increase to bigger size/Hard to victimize when evil’s idolized.”

Flying Lotus dedicated the beat for the single to Madlib and Egon, founder of Now-Again records, writing on Twitter, “When I was in college I heard [Quasimoto’s] ‘Come on Feet’ it re-lit my love for sampling and eventually changed my world. Love to you legends.”

Since beginning his career at the ripe age of 16, Curry has defined his reputation as a versatile rapper, lending his vocals to a myriad of different styles across his own releases as well as features in the realms of jazz, EDM, trap, and more.  This latest single with Flying Lotus affirms Curry’s interest in the boom-bap sound, a style that is a cornerstone of Flying Lotus’ catalog.

Flying Lotus – “Black Balloons Reprise” (Feat. Denzel Curry)

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Flying Lotus - "Black Balloons Reprise" (Feat. Denzel Curry)Flying Lotus is back this week with his first album in five years, the guest-heavy Flamagra. We’ve already heard tracks with David Lynch, Little Dragon, and Anderson .Paak, and today Stephen Ellison shares one he recorded with Denzel Curry. More »

Desert Daze Adds Flying Lotus 3D & The Flaming Lips Playing The Soft Bulletin

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Stereolab and Animal Collective were the first two acts announced for Desert Daze’s 2019 lineup. Today, the festival announces the addition of Flying Lotus’ immersive 3D show and the Flaming Lips’ 20th anniversary The Soft Bulletin performance. The full lineup is still to come. More »

Flying Lotus shares video for Anderson .Paak-assisted single, ‘More’

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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 – “More” (Feat. Anderson .Paak) Video

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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 announces North American tour, pulls some flaming hot dogs and new tracks off the grill

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Flying Lotus was briefly and naturally away from the touring game while he focused on bolstering Brainfeeder’s horrific cinematic chops, so the last time you saw him in a live setting might’ve been in 2017 — back when the times were simple, cats and dogs had amiable conversations in an undiscovered language, and 3D was enjoying its twilight as a thing on which people readily sought to visually feast.

Personally, I don’t think 3D really enhances much in a movie theater setting, but what Flying Lotus brought to the stage a year and a half ago (and even on tours prior to that, iirc) was a crazy display that transplanted audience members into a believably extraterrestrial territory. Supplementing the 3D visuals was a remarkably abstract set, which surely must’ve disappointed a few folks who were anticipating and interpreting “instrumental hip-hop” in its most banger sense. (A more confrontational FlyLo might’ve responded, “Don’t you know who the fuck I am?”)

In case you missed it, he’s the guy with the new album coming out May 24 on Warp, and now he’s got plenty of supportive North American tour dates scheduled for around the end of summer. There’s no word on any 3D frills adding an extra draw for potential ticket-holders, but coherent dancing attempts’ll definitely prove futile if the past is any indication.

Check the dates after the brand new track “More (feat. Anderson .Paak),” plus “Spontaneous (feat. Little Dragon)” and “Takashi.”

Dates, dates, and MORE dates:

08.09.19 – San Francisco – Outside Lands
08.10.19 – Portland, OR – Roseland
08.11.19 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo
08.12.19 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory
08.14.19 – Missoula, MT – The Wilma
08.15.19 – Salt Lake City, UT – Union
08.16.19 – Denver, CO – The Mission Ballroom
08.17.19 -Taos, NM – Taos Vortex
08.18.19 – Oklahoma City, OK – Tower Theatre
08.20.19 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
08.21.19 – Madison, WI – The Sylvee
08.24.19 – Detroit, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre
08.25.19 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
08.26.19 – Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre
08.27.19 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
08.29.19 – Philadelphia, PA – Franklin Music Hall
08.30.19 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Mirage
08.31.19 – North Adams, MA – MASS MoCa
09.02.19 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
09.03.19 – Columbus, OH – Express Live
09.04.19 – Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works
09.05.19 – Cincinnati, OH – Madison Theater
09.06.19 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
09.07.19 – Richmond, VA – The National
09.10.19 – Raleigh, NC – The Ritz
09.11.19 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
09.12.19 – New Orleans, LA – Joy Theater
09.13.19 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
09.14.19 – Austin, TX – Emo’s
09.15.19 – Dallas, TX – South Side Ballroom
09.18.19 – Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren
09.19.19 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues
09.20.19 – Los Angeles, CA – The Novo