May 2, 2010

V4YS Album Review - Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma (Warp Records)

Flying Lotus (Steven Ellison) is one of the most sought-after avant-gardist electronic music producer.
Several highly acclaimed Ep's and two first albums ("1983" and "Los Angeles") had many people categorize his musical style as "abstract hip-hop" but various high-profile collaborations like on José James latest Lp, "Black Magic", showed that the man can wear many (musical) hats. The richness and diversity of sounds found in "Cosmogramma" confirms he breaks all musical codes. To me this is his most interesting production to date, a must-listen.

We're talking about a real "Album" here, meaning a musical piece where it's difficult to extract such and such individual track.
Actually I should use the word "journey". To me the best travel experiences require a bit of effort (to adapt to a new environment), open-mindedness (to leave any prejudices aside) and sensibility (to be able to "feel" the unknown). Well these also probably are essential components to fully enjoy "Cosmogramma".
No clearly identifiable musical styles, no easy melodies or chorus, but an exquisitely dreamy musical atmosphere blending discontructed beats, creative keyboard waves, mesmerizing voices samples or bits and pieces of spititual jazz. Get ready to enter a brand new musical country!

In 2009 one of my favorite Lp was Bibio's "Ambivalence Avenue" which also was a musical ufo transcending electronic musical genres. I have a feeling that I already enjoy "Cosmogramma" as much if not more.
You should try it, really.

Below "And The World Laughs With You" Feat. Radiohead's Thom Yorke (but once again keep in mind that on this record each track is only a piece of an amazing puzzle):

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