Cosmogramma

May 3, 2010 | Format: MP3

$9.49
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  • Original Release Date: May 3, 2010
  • Label: Warp Records
  • Copyright: 2010 Warp Records Limited
  • Total Length: 45:36
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  • ASIN: B003F1J8CC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,169 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Scott D. Gribble on May 5, 2010
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I don't think its fair to review and rate an album such as this after only one day's listen... it's simply too dense. However, I can't help but offer my initial impressions to those of you still debating or waiting to get your copy.

While Los Angeles has its roots still sample based Hip-Hop, had dashes of Trip-Hop and Electronica, Cosmogramma goes beyond the far reaches of any boxed genre I can think of. The closest I can relate it to is avant garde jazz w/ some futuristic head nodding space grooves. A feeble attempt at classifying something that could very well be a considered a new genre. I know it's been said before about some of his work, but now so more than ever does FlyLo make that argument legit.

What I'm not struggling with is the pure genius that bleeds through the speakers in many of the small moments. The first couple of tracks didn't leave a huge impression on me, but as with the last LP, helps set the stage for stronger cuts like "A Comic Drama" and "Zodiac S*!!". Both are your "typical" solid FlyLo tracks. At that point the album could have coasted and probably still have been a solid 3rd album effort... but all of a sudden we get the intense build of "Computer Face//Pure Being" kicking it up notches beyond dope. The Nintendo generation will have shades of "Mega Man" esq loops interlaced and woven all throughout the track. Never missing a beat from thereon out, the album is loaded with those "holy s$!!" moments of musical ecstasy and you find yourself lost.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By E-CLoud on May 12, 2010
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I've heard some people say this album is Flying Lotus' least accessible album and others say it's his most accessible album. I don't really know. I do know that this album had much more work put into it and you can tell. I love albums where you can consistently hear new things in the music each time you listen to it, and this is one of those albums. It has the usual Flying Lotus synth sounds, 8-bit sounds, ever changing drum beats, solid bass, weird unidentifiable sounds, occasional vocals, etc.... but I LOVE the addition of the live bass guitar, harp, and strings scattered throughout. He definitely imitates the Alice Coltrane sound on two songs, and they are beautiful nonetheless. The difference between L.A. and Cosmogramma is like the difference between Miles Davis' In A Silent Way and Bitches Brew. Cosmogramma is like a rocket launch into new territories, utilizing new instruments and a more cacophonous approach, much like Bitches Brew did. It's a great album, and it helps if you are into some of the "cosmic jazz" influences like Alice and Sun Ra. Flying Lotus is headed in the right direction, exploring anything his imagination conjures up, and I hope he goes further.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous on July 8, 2012
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If you like experimental music, soundscape and rhythm that jives and grooves, buy this album. I will acknowledge that it is definitely not for everyone, but look up a song or two on YouTube, see if you like the vibe, and then proceed to have your mind completely blown when you listen to this. One thing's for sure though, listen to this start to finish, in really nice headphones or with loud speakers, it's absolutely incredible, and I'm keeping my eye in this guy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Headphone Commute on October 9, 2011
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Listening to the music of Steven Ellison is a head trip. Period. Although we may have heard the sounds of Flying Lotus on Adult Swim's interludes (aka 'bumps') between the shows, he was first introduced to the followers of abstract, experimental, and instrumental hip-hop with his debut, 1983 on Warp Records' offshoot, Plug Research. Then, FlyLo showed off his skills with the Reset EP (2007) on Warp, and by 2008 the label was confident enough to backup this California producer of avant-garde beats and free-form jazzy rhythms for his sophomore LP, Los Angeles. By 2009 everyone knew his name, and although there were a few copy-cats in the alleys, no one could cut it as deep and smooth as Flying Lotus. Ellison's stumbling beats and rubbery bass lines defy metronomes and clock synced drum machines. Truly in the spirit of jazz music, Cosmogramma is an improvisational production. The synth lines sprinkle through the confetti of percussion, falling like a dandelion's florets into the dirt beneath a rolling tank of rhythms. Defying your expectations and any genre classification, Ellison's deranged psychedelia is a beautiful child playing with a kaleidoscope of plucked sound. If anything, Ellison's third full length is a lot more "jazzier" than its predecessor. With 17 tracks running a little over 45 minutes, Cosmogramma is an album with a lot of material to digest in one sitting, and begs for multiple returns. And these are definitely rewarded!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Drake D. on May 4, 2013
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My favorite album by Flying Lotus. This is gonna be tough for him to beat.

This album features the wonderful bassist, Thundercat, who is SUPER talented.

On the track featuring Thom Yorke, FlyLo uses his vocals just as he would any other vocal sample, not going out of his way to shout to the listener, "HEY GUYS, THIS IS THOM! ISN'T HE COOL?" FlyLo doesn't compromise his musical integrity for the sake of featuring a famous vocalist, and I admire him for that.
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