One of the trippiest and most experimental musical artists out on the scene is swinging through Orlando at the Beacham Thursday, October 9th, while on his way to the iiiPoints Music and Arts Festival in the Wynwood District, Miami, Florida.
This artist’s take on electronic and hip hop music is both futuristic and nostalgic. His music can drop into minimal and abstract and then flip into flourishes of more conventional jazz and then jump right into a solid beat from any progressive hip hop beat. If you have no idea who I am talking about, then check out this teaser video from his newest album You’re Dead!
He goes by Flying Lotus… real name Stephen Ellison (sometimes referred to by his MC handle, Captain Murphy). The teaser video is stunning, especially for what is slated to be, just a simple glimpse at a forthcoming album. Try the one from his previous album (and one of my favorite albums of 2012) Until the Quiet Comes.
From friends who have seen him live and the blogosphere who has tracked his every movements, FlyLo’s shows are always to be catched if you have any sense of contemporary aesthetics or evolved musical tastes. Vivid and intense visuals mixed with a plethora of electronic and live sounds. Psychedelic cuts of original tracks in a solid mix from beginning to end.
Joining him on this tour is psychedlic-funk-jazz fusion artist and bass guitar god Thundercat. He has appeared on many of Flying Lotus’ projects and is just one of the legitimate peers who have graced one of his tracks. You’re Dead! boasts liner notes that include Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dog, Herbie Hancock and Dirty Projectors’ Angel Deradoorian. Other collaborations have included Erykah Badu, Thom Yorke (lead singer from Radiohead and Atoms for Peace), and other underground and emerging artists.
His newest video for the lead single “Never Catch Me” (featuring Kendrick Lamar) is a perfect lead in for an album directly about being dead. The video is flawlessly directed by Hiro Murai, whose other credits include videos for indie rockers Spoon, Community-star Childish Gambino, and dance music producer David Guetta’s collaboration with singer-songwriter Sia.
The video and song are so on point for a lead single. The reimagining of a funeral for two children is phrased in such a beautiful and poetic way. And for Kendrick and Flying Lotus, not many artists are on the scene that are able to keep up, let alone have enough energy, skill, and talent to catch up.
There was a livestream of his new album You’re Dead! available October 3 only. Here’s the link if it comes back up: http://flying-lotus.com/youre-dead/
Flying Lotus’ show next week might be a top show of the year for Central Florida. Catch me there for sure. Buy Tickets Here.
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