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With the Reset EP released October last year and his bootleg mixes of everyone from KELIS to MR. OIZO and MADVILLAIN circulating amongst the heads, FLYING LOTUS' name is on the lips of many as the leader of a new generation of artists emerging from California. A movement that has captured attention worldwide, fuelled by hip-hop and cutting-edge dance music, FLYING LOTUS is redefining the sound of LA. Flying Lotus is a man of many sides; from the huge sounding collabs and remixes giving indication of the slickest productions you are likely to hear on radio to his high voltage live shows (we saw earlier this year) which are somewhere between the best ever house party DJ and the most crowd-smashing live electronic act you've seen, to this new album proper - 'Los Angeles' - a deep, soulful, intricate album where glints of detail are unearthed to make this opus richer on every listen. Of course, it?s no secret that Lotus is the product of a rich musical lineage and Auntie's Harp serves not only as a collaboration with his majestic aunt (ALICE COLTRANE), but also a more fitting tribute. Testament arrives as the intro to Fly Lo's collaborator GONJA SUFI in all his mage-like splendor. Like DR. DRE & SNOOP DOGG, TIMBALAND & MISSY or BETH GIBBONS & GEOFF BARROW, the pairing of a pioneering producer & entirely distinct vocalist/songwriter is a force to be reckoned with. The feeling is only amplified with the closing opus Infintum. Enveloping vocalist LAURA DARLINGTON in a track that bridges GAINSBOURG/BARDOT territory with BROADCAST and shape-shifting post-modern R&B, it is a sublime bookend to Brainfeeder and serves as the perfect FIN to Los Angeles epic journey.

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On the heels of brilliant success from early remixes and 2007's Reset, Flying Lotus releases yet another little gem of a record with Los Angeles. Lovingly adorned FlyLo by fans, Flying Lotus has always produced a fresher than fresh (mostly instrumental) electronic hip-hop sound. Ultra cool, futuristic, and representative of everything at the forefront of the title city's hip-hop and electronic music scenes, Los Angeles continues FlyLo s tricked-out lounge vibe just as well, if not better, than their previous releases. The liquidity of the tracks flows so well that it feels like a continuous stream and the next thing you know you re listening to Track 17. The EP's best new tracks include the outerspacey ''Beginners Falafel,'' the percussive and janky ''Camel,'' the lush and complex neo-soul ''RobertaFlack'' featuring Dolly (reminiscent of FlyLo's delicious remix of Mia Doi Todd s ''My Room Is White''), and the culminating pulsating ''Auntie s Lock/Infinitum'' featuring the soft vocals of Laura Darlington. Los Angeles is a beautifully complex and widespread full-length from one of LA's most creative and perceptive music producers. --Urb

1. Brainfeeder
2. Breathe Something/Stellar Star
3. Beginners Falafel
4. Camel
5. Melt!
6. Comet Course
7. Orbit 405
8. Golden Diva
9. Hot
10. GNG BNG
11. Parisian Goldfish
12. Sleepy Dinosaur
13. Robertaflack
14. Sexslaveship
15. Auntie's Harp
16. Testament
17. Auntie's Lock/Infinitum

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 10, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warp Records
  • ASIN: B00177Z58M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,115 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Clay Reimus on July 9, 2008
Format: Audio CD
I'll admit, my exposure to avant-garde, left field instrumental hip hop is limited to the major players--Dilla and Madlib, among a handful of others. My first exposure to Flying Lotus were the interludes on Adult Swim that he soundtracked, although I didn't know it at the time.

FlyLo makes no attempt to disguise his influences or history. A self described member of "the Nintendo generation," this record is teeming with glitchy blips and beeps that evoke the 8-bit classics, but they're drenched in swirling synth lines and chopped apart beyond recognition. I would like to resist mentioning that he's the grand-nephew of Alice Coltrane, but his clear affinity for jazz arrangements (and relentless defiance of genre restrictions) almost forces my hand, whether it was derived from his relatives or not.

Los Angeles strikes a perfect balance between establishing a consistent (dank) sound, while never growing tiresome. Think London-based dubstep artist Burial with hip-hop leanings and a lot more variation. Colorful synthetic swirls, drum breaks, and vocal samples fall into a cinematic groove on every track, only to be deconstructed again (often in less than three minutes).

This is one of the first standout albums of 2008. Highly recommended.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By David M. Madden on June 22, 2008
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While making a documentary in Paris about his musical relatives, a taxi driver asked Steven Ellison aka Flying Lotus if he and his crew were musicians. He slumped down in his seat, but great aunt Alice Coltrane spoke up: "Yeah, this guy, he's a musician too; he thinks he's a filmmaker, though". After a few listens to Los Angeles (and all of his stellar work, for that matter), you notice that Ellison's music is the perfect mix of both, the album title, his hometown, providing the thematic element (something you'll really notice if you've ever spent time in L.A.) to this extraordinary hypercompressed, claustrophobic mélange of samples, broken rhythms and analog loveliness. You hear spooky, foggy nighttime Malibu surf ("Camel"), experience whiffs of Little India's spices and rhythms ("Melt!"), see red carpet traffic jams ("Golden Diva"), pull down the wrong street at the wrong time ("Riot") and drowsily smile like a tourist in La Brea ("Sleepy Dinosaur").
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. Hedeman on June 12, 2008
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Flying Lotus takes it to another level with this album. I just got done listening to it for the second time in its entirety. If you liked the direction he took with the Reset EP in the Fall of 07, this is sure to please. Buy it for the music and also for the great artwork, the booklet inside is great! This album is also a great reminder that Warp is still capable of releasing great electronic albums.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rafael Cova on October 31, 2008
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Dedicated to the city in which he grew up, Los Angeles is a largely instrumental collection, with only a handful of tracks featuring vocal contributors. Flying Lotus effortlessly glides through dense atmospheres, crisp soundscapes and razor sharp beats to create compelling sonic vignettes which range from just under a minute to just over four. Los Angeles sounds excellent inside my head. It's a really good record.
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For those who are familiar with Flying Lotus' specific style of electronica, 'Los Angeles' can be marked simply as Steve Ellison's Warp record. Ellison has slowly been moving himself among the L.A. hip hop scene attempting to craft something that sounds like the meeting point of Aphex Twin and Madlib. Daedalus and Gaslamp Killer can also be seen as clear relations to Flying Lotus as they should considering all three artists are common performers in the L.A. music scene. '1983' represented a more clearer view of Ellison's take on instrumental hip-hop, 'Reset' was marked by the decision to move Flying Lotus into a more beat heavy existence, and with 'Los Angeles' we begin to see the artist reveling in the perceived intelligence of his label peers like Prefuse 73 and Autechre.

Opener 'Brainfeeder' shows clearly that this is going to be a different type of Flying Lotus record. Absolutely no percussion is used through the songs entire minute and a half length which seems daring for a producer who is known for his superbly crafted rhythms. The track is highlighted by the swirl of dynamic synths that help the second track 'Breath.Something/Stellar Star' slowly and perfectly shift in as a follow up. Noticeable about the first two tracks also is how deeply Flying Lotus has seemed to delve into his atmosphere.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mr. flux on October 30, 2014
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I am writing this late in 2014 -- deep in "You're Dead!" post-release time -- and I have dug out the older FlyLo albums. Truth is, I can't stop listening to "You're Dead!" and, by extension, I can't stop listening to every FlyLo album that preceded it, including "Los Angeles". From here on, as a body of work, FlyLo is establishing himself to be the great artist of our time. Los Angeles, Cosmogramma, Until the Quiet Comes, You're Dead!. These are transformative works.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jin on April 9, 2011
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I think that if anyone has even a passing interest in FlyLo, then they owe it to themselves to start off here. I have nothing against Cosmogramma but this album is less experimental and more straightforward in its mood and tone than its successor. I started off with Cosmo and I'm actually liking this bad boy a bit more. Los Angeles is essential Flying Lotus and if you have any hope of being called a fan, this is mandatory listening. You will enjoy it.
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