Flying Lotus
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by Daniel Incognito EMERITUS
May 22nd, 2008 | 17 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist


Given the gems that have come out of Warp Records in recent years and years not long past, one shouldn’t have to be reminded to keep an eye on the latest stuff emerging with the Warp Records label on it. So too given the debut album of Flying Lotus, should people be paying attention to his releases. His six track Reset Ep, his first release on Warp Records is filled with promise, songs like Tea Leaf Dancers show fresh ideas and growing control over each of his creations. Though just a taster for the upcoming full-length Los Angeles, his Reset Ep proves interesting enough to deserve a listen before moving on to the main feature.

Tea Leaf Dancer’s chilled groove proves infectious. Soul singer Andreya Triana features, her elusive vocal lines moving without restraint to the downtempo café beat. The song has no hooks or jagged edges, the movements are smoothed out, and the listener is allowed to unwind. The production is clear and soft, with little haze from overlapping samples. Contrasting with his debut album 1983 the sound is much purer, thanks to this there is less distraction from the song’s focus.

Massage Situation features a wider beat, the groove this time being heavier and developing more from its starting point. There is once again a unperturbed nature to the song, with soft and light vocal samples coming in over the top of the beat. Spicy Sammich is another step heavier, with fat and coarse bass lining the bottom of the song. The rhythm bounces along to its own beat, seemingly with no intended direction. Dance Floor Stalker too starts off with an unusual bounce to it, several electronic layers soon coming in and playing short alternating parts. The song moves along carelessly, yet its construction is perhaps more intricate than the other songs on the Ep.

The execution of the album shows signs of development from his debut album 1983, yet the calm and easy-going nature of the songs does result in a lack of definition. The songs have interesting beats and rhythms to chill out to, but the lack of any songs with distinct characteristics may make the Ep pass too easily. It is a relaxed little ride with interesting ideas, and though good enough on its own; it is well suited as a prelude to his Warp Records debut full length album Los Angeles.



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Apocalyptic Raids
May 22nd 2008


810 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

nice little EP this is



the last track is probably my favourite

Zebra
Moderator
May 22nd 2008


2647 Comments


I haven't got around to hearing this yet but 1983 is a really nice listen.

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
August 17th 2010


15511 Comments


massage situation is awes

salival13
September 30th 2010


265 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Dis my nigga right hur!

salival13
September 30th 2010


265 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is like the better half of all his albums with no bad apples

WeepingBanana
April 21st 2011


10464 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

so good

HalfManHalfAmazing
April 21st 2011


1839 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Tracks 1 and 3 are amazing but nothing else is worth listening to

Rev
October 31st 2011


9770 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Massage Situation is my fucking swagger song

Rev
August 1st 2013


9770 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

One of my fav EPs

oltnabrick
December 12th 2013


35835 Comments


yeooo

frigyourgenre
May 13th 2014


3631 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Like half this fucking rules

frigyourgenre
June 11th 2014


3631 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The bass is huge on massage sitch

Rev
June 11th 2014


9770 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

everything about massage sitch tho

HalfManHalfAmazing
January 27th 2015


1839 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i like Tealeaf Dancers the most

frigyourgenre
January 27th 2015


3631 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

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Slut
June 14th 2015


4058 Comments


Jams pretty hard

PappyMason
June 23rd 2015


5702 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Tea Leaf Dancers always gets me feeling so chilled...



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