High End Theory

Angelino’s are stupidly spoiled with options when it comes to live music. There’s hardly a night that goes by in this town where you can’t satiate your appetite for a good live show. Low End Theory surely sits at the very zenith of the town’s hierarchy, the weekly show consistently packs The Airliner. Flying Lotus still regularly attends and this week he brought a few high profile special guests. Not a Mac Miller fan, but Earl Sweatshirt is on a serious come up.

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Unfinished Flyness

When most of us start something creative, it often ends up in a dirty stack of shameful “wish I had more time” attempts in our basement somewhere. When Flying Lotus starts a song and chooses to leave it unfinished, it gets released via Twitter/Soundcloud and gets 65,000 plays in one day. Forget redistributing wealth in this country, how about we start with doling out ‘cool’ in a more equitable manner, spare time too.

This track is apparently a new remix of Frank Ocean’s “Thinking About You”, fans got pretty upset that this is clearly unfinished. FlyLo went on Twitter to apologize that he was drunk when he released the track and that it will come down soon. Yikes. Stream while you can?

Erykah Badu X Flying Lotus, Oh yes please

A highly anticipated track from an astronomically important album has finally been propagated to the masses. I speak of Flying Lotus‘s collaboration with Erykah Badu on a track called See Thru To U which will be featured on his upcoming album ‘Until the Quiet Comes’. As usual, FlyLo deftly combines a bounty of exuberant instruments that would seemingly drown out an average crooner, leave it to Badu’s haunting vocals to cut through the cacophony.

The album will drop October 1st on Warp Records, pre-order here.

Another collaboration of significant note on the album is with Thom Yorke, peep the rest of the tracklist after the jump.

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Flying Lotus Kinda Day

The day after dropping the buzz worthy “Between Friends” for Adult Swim, Flying Lotus drops this hypnotizing new instrumental, like one of the comments alludes to, FlyLo is steady dropping game changers. Oh, and he was also proud to release Jeremiah Jae’s highly anticipated Raw Money Raps album today, cop it via Brainfeeder.

P.S. this track is off the Hodgy Beats EP, s/o to Potholes on catching that one.

Dance Floor Dale [NSFW]

Flying Lotus aka the “Wonder from Winnetka” is the epitome of experimental. Two quick things about the man. Firstly, he’s the most talented producer under 30. Secondly, he’s supposed to be remixing Radiohead’s most recent album The King Of Limbs in its entirety! Here’s what he said about that recently:

“They wanted me to remix the new Radiohead record, and I’ve been trying to mess with that a little bit. But I haven’t gotten to it yet.” When asked how that remix might sound, FlyLo responded, “It’s too early to say, man. I have no fucking clue. It’s difficult to work with, because the pieces that they gave me, there’s no real a cappella. It’s like piano and voice at the same time… So I have to come up with some shit that’s a little similar to the record, I guess, to an extent.”

Back to this video, it was released late last year but keeps getting booted off YouTube and various other sites. The video features a middle aged couple getting their dam funk on and progressing into flat out rainbow sex.  The track is a personal dance floor favorite but I had circumstantially been challenged when it came to peeping the actual video. If you’re in the same boat as me, feel free to check this video out at work, just make sure your office door is closed, it would be a difficult piece of art to explain on a Friday. If the link ever dies, which it will, it is permanently being hosted at http://dancefloordale.com/.

Jeremiah Jae is “Money”

When these rappers slash producers can’t figure out their sound it’s a complete disaster, when the rapper/producer is on point it’s Jeremiah Jae. Cosigned by Flying Lotus and ZIF alike, the Chicago based artist will drop his album via Brainfeeder on July 24th, mount your attack.

Jeremiah Jae – Money

Love IS For Suckas

This EP is assuredly blogosphere underground material, you won’t find many cats out there bumping Northern Lights, aka, B.A.S.I.C.K. The rap group consists of three rappers and a few producers out of Connecticut. They self-describe their sound as:

Diving into real life issues as a young, black and gifted male; staying true to the artform created in the early 1980’s and being nothing but themselves on every record. Hailing from the tri-state area, Connecticut and paying homage to those who came before them and also from Ct, Stezo and Rod F’s brother Dooley-O. Sit back and relax, shut off your TV’s and radio’s and keep your internet on as you vibe to some real good hip hop.

My interest was piqued on account of some the beats that were borrowed to fill out this EP, specifically, Swiff D, Madlib and Flying Lotus credits.

She Got Me Blown (Produced By Flying Lotus)

Cipher Complete (Produced By Flying Lotus)

Outside of the borrowed production, the trio appears to be on some eclectic shit, boom bap meets afro-soul? Eh, maybe that’s a bad description. Peep the following track, personal favorite, though it’s 9 minutes long.

Bougee

Download the EP, on that bandcamp ish.

Killer Lotus, Flying Mike

Love me some Fly Lo. Get to know the cat, he’s BEEN taking over. Flying Lotus. Oh yeah, and Killer Mike comes correct for this beat, surprising, considering his tendencies to over energize his flow on beats. Good job y’all.

Killer Mike – Swimming [Produced by Flying Lotus]

Begrudgingly Blu

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So get this, I actually reached out to Blu’s people hoping for some interview love and they told me that they weren’t doing any press at that time. Two weeks later, who the F is on the cover of LA City Beat? With all due respect, ZIF is sort of a luxury cruise liner, no not all of the rooms are built yet but it’s coming along well. Sticking with that same metaphor and don’t get me wrong, City Beat was a dope publication but it was a sinking pirate ship at the time of printing….SAY LA VEE! Anyway scope Blu’s remix of a Flying Lotus banger “GNG BNG.”