Flying Lotus
Los Angeles


4.5
superb

Review

by Kevin K USER (56 Reviews)
February 16th, 2013 | 59 replies | 4,945 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist


This is one cool element here, boys and girls. This isn’t your ordinary silvery-smooth mercury flow, or a crystal-clear cascade of slick, trickling beats. Tonight the moon is out and the lights are dim, the couch is cozy and the television’s face is sick with static. Take out your turntables and make some sparks with those needles, the primordial goddess of all things subdued and crisp is ready to bless your stereophonic shrine with the essence of Los Angeles. Featuring the mighty galactic beat shaman Steve Ellison of the district of Warp, this turbulent collage of ooey-gooey space magma permeates and coalesces with you with a brilliant coat of silvery sheen reflecting stars and galaxies in its creamy-smooth semi-solid flesh.

Descendant of legendary jazz shogun John Coltrane, Captain Ellison has no doubt been gifted with the arcane craft of music making, and looking at the legion of beat destroyers he has assembled, which includes Fearsome-Fingered Feline Thundercat and the Nintendo Entertainment Sister TOKiMONSTA, he has also retained the same influence amongst his pallet of peers. Los Angeles is the most fluid incantation of his mystical beats, his most cohesive sonic meditation, a graceful and smoky calm before the storm that is Cosmogramma. The soundscapes are thick and elegant, deep and rambunctious, frivolous and remotely organic, with a crisp vinyl crackle to sit your ass down and strum you the harps of midnight mental restlessness.

It starts with an eerie tone-setting piece by the name of “Brainfeeder” (he later uses this name for his band of Los Angeles-native hip-hop crusaders) and then the fuzzy sonic flares seamlessly transform into a bittersweet hum as if they were already one in the same thing, the catalyst being that chanting vinyl static. From melodic to dirty with track 4“Camel”, tribal to astral from “Melt” to “Comet Course”, followed by a serial montage of everything in between, the Lotus’ second release proves to be the best-flowing of his sonic artistries, even if it isn’t as explosive as its younger sibling Cosmogramma...or is it? Track 10 is the genesis of a genius run of vibrant, almost overflowing beats, scoring the title as both Los Angeles’ climax and its most exciting moment. “Parisian Goldfish” whips out the melodramatic, taffy-pulled Game Boy heart strings, bouncing and smashing around with a parade of jovial percussion that transitions suddenly but sensibly into “Sleepy Dinosaur”, a dense display of intergalactic garden scenery. Slowly, the lights get darker and the moon sets lower as “RobertaFlack” ushers in an era of shadowy tranquility, where the tones get calmer and the murk gets heavier, all the way up until the very end where “Infinitum” flickers the city lights of Los Angeles out of sight.

It is easy to dig as both a prelude to the creative vomiting of Cosmogramma and as a milky-silky step up from the frisky vibes of 1983, but to dismiss it as a simple transition point would be foolish. Los Angeles is a constantly-changing trip though vivid imagery and abstract sounds that has no room for silence (not unlike Since I Left You by The Avalanches). Caress it, run it through your fingers, eat it, do whatever you want with it, just make sure you expose yourself to it.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Sleaper
February 16th 2013


3369 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good review man, i liked your sort of subtle track by track summary in amongst the paragraph

whats with "(not unlike Since I Left You by The Avalanches)?" it sounds really spiky off the tongue
should change it to (similar to since i left you)

Digging: Mick Jenkins - The Water[s]

ethixx
February 16th 2013


1170 Comments


best track by track review

WashboardSuds
February 16th 2013


5006 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

thanks guys

Digging: Gas - Nah und Fern

ethixx
February 16th 2013


1170 Comments


album deserves a 5 review
gonna eat this btw

WashboardSuds
February 16th 2013


5006 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

want some syrup?

Flagran12
February 16th 2013


65 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Good review. This is my favorite FlyLo.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 16th 2013


7041 Comments


A suds review? : )

WashboardSuds
February 16th 2013


5006 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

so sudsy

MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
February 17th 2013


4507 Comments


always wondered what the album cover is a picture of. hub cap? rim? chris cunningham?

Sleaper
February 17th 2013


3369 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i think its just like a splash of dark colored water

Rev
February 17th 2013


9422 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

>not a 5


jk great review kev!

WashboardSuds
February 17th 2013


5006 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

thanks dylan, I hope I can poop out more reviews like this in the future

Sleaper
May 6th 2013


3369 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

woaaaaaaaah new headphones listening to aunties lock.
now thats something fucking heavy

WashboardSuds
January 26th 2014


5006 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

A+

Phlegm
January 26th 2014


4586 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

best Flylo 8)

Digging: Croatian Amor - Genitalia Garden

Spec
February 12th 2014


27167 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Still bringing the late night smooth.

WashboardSuds
February 12th 2014


5006 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Flylo approves

osmark86
March 22nd 2014


4032 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

listening to FlyLo is a damn treat. haven't connected with this as much as I have with Cosmogramma yet, but it's defo getting there. he sure is one of the most interesting beatmakers in the industry today.

Digging: Schammasch - Contradiction

frigyourgenre
March 23rd 2014


1575 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Can't wait for the new full length!!

osmark86
March 24th 2014


4032 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah me neither. judging by his record I can't see it being any less than a 4.



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