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I have no doubt that Cosmogramma, the album Flying Lotus describes as a “space opera,” will be one of the albums of 2010. Actually, I don’t even care if anyone agrees, because I know I’ll thoroughly enjoy it. The only bad news is that you’ll have to wait until May to get the release, coming out on Warp Records.

I happened to hang out with Flying Lotus the day he wrapped the record up (after I nearly succumbed to the horrors of LA traffic), so I got to hear the rough-cut. Taking off any music critic hat or anything along those lines, I just fell in love with it; my jaw was dropped. (Thanks, Steve – I wasn’t just pretending or trying to be nice!) I wanted to take it with me and keep listening all night, so yes, I look forward to even a watermarked advance, let alone my proper, DRM-free CD final. It’s incredibly lush, indeed operatic in its collisions of textures, and filled with guest work by the likes of Ravi Coltrane, Thundercat, Erykah Badu, and Laura Darlington. (You may know Laura’s husband, Daedalus; Laura has done a number of collaborations with him and with FlyLo in the past.) The cut with Thom Yorke on guest vocals was immediately a favorite of mine, and the combination of work by harpist Rebekah Raff and string arranger Miguel Atwood-Ferguson (of Outkast) make for an exquisitely beautiful journey. It absolutely fits his musical personality, but it also sounds very different from his previous work.

The results have a richness, a depth to them I think many will find irresistible. Like a great bandleader, Flying Lotus has pulled the best out of his collaborators into his musical world.

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Steve Ellison (Flying Lotus) is a really humble, easy-going guy, and I think sometimes that shows in music. Some of that generous personality really comes across.

Anyway, I want to hear the mastered version and spend some proper time with the album and talk to FlyLo about it, and give y’all the coverage you and this record deserve. In the meantime, to whet your appetite, here’s the track listing and the gorgeous new artist shot and album cover.

Cosmogramma Tracklist:

01. Clock Catcher
02. Pickled!
03. Nose Art
04. Intro//A Cosmic Drama
05. Zodiac Shit
06. Computer Face//Pure Being
07. ..And The World Laughs With You ft. Thom Yorke
08. Arkestry
09. Mmmhmm ft.Thundercat
10. Do The Astral Plane
11. Satelllliiiiiteee
12. German Haircut
13. Recoiled
14. Dance Of The Pseudo Nymph
15. Drips//Auntie’s Harp
16. Table Tennis ft. Laura Darlington
17. Galaxy In Janaki

  • http://www.anthonyarroyodotcom.com Anthony

    I AM SOOOOOOOOOOO PSYYYYYYYCCCHHHHHHHEEEEDDDD!!!!

  • Zach

    Easily my most anticipated album right now… maybe even ever actually. Can't wait. He's playing in Victoria on the 15th and apparently he's going to be playing some of his new tracks.

  • http://www.nrk.no/urort/Artist/Torstein/default.aspx Happy Tosh !

    That is fantastic news! I haven't been more excited in a long time :) Right now really really enjoying the new Massive Attack album also. What a comeback! Didn't really expect that, but I've got huge expectations for thisone!

  • sandy

    so where's the bootleg? gah!

  • nylarch

    Love the guy and his music but man does he squash the bejesus out of it – dragging his tracks into my Ableton dj set there's almost no transients visible and I feel like I get ear fatigue 1/2 way thru his records – he's one talented mofo though.

  • strunkdts

    Massive Attack, Autechre, Flying Lotus = 2010 is looking sweet!

  • http://gliiitches.bandcamp.com/ Leon Tricker

    Saw Flying Lotus at the Warp Records 20 year anniversary thing in London at the end of last year and he played some of these tracks. He had that room rocking!

  • s ford

    Am I the only person who thinks there is a bit of the emperor's new clothes with FlyLo's new stuff?

    1983 is one of my favourite albums over the last few years, but since he signed to Warp his stuff is IMO has been a bit of a let down. His stuff on Warp has been way over compressed and some of the tracks sound a little too much like r'n'b for my liking. Los Angeles was a bit of a let down too, but the remix Ep's were immense, shame they were so limited in release though. Hopefully the new one will be as great as his pre Warp Stuff.

    Personally, my favourite of FlyLo's stuff are his beat tapes, IMO Track 8 of Raw Cartoons IMO is still the finest tune he's ever made. It's kind of Prefuse 73 esque, who I still reckon is the one of the finest artists genre, his impact is near enough untouchable. Prefuse 73' Guillermo Scott Herren finest album in a long time is his new one under the alias 'The Predicate Production Guild', but the chances are if you are reading about this alias now for the first time, you won't be able to hear the album as it is long sold out….

  • s ford

    My post above might seem a bit negative, but that isn't the case! FlyLo is one of the few musicians, who I pretty much own and have heard every track they've ever done!

  • http://soundcloud.com/corticyte corticyte

    so so hyped. can't wait

  • zero ref

    so what, god peter you are such a shill now blah blah blah complain moan moan.

    no, actually i liked the post – for a second i thought it was too 'promotiony' but your enthusiasm came through. what else is a blog 4 if not to write about cool stuff?

    Also, off topic, I'm a huge fan of flying lotus's 'asteroids' style video game that he had (has?) on his page. brilliant idea.

  • Boisbrut

    iz gon be fucked up

  • delphi

    i Like this type of music, the question i've always had is, what are people using to create

    the glitch effect, i assume they us max msp..

    but from what i;ve read prefuse 73 only uses

    an akai mpc 2000, so the question is..

    really? i doubt it

  • Birds Use Stars

    Delphi, you can make glitch effects with a reel to reel tape machine if you dedicate the time. I'm sure that using an MPC for it would be no great thing.

  • delphi

    yeah he proly just samples the "glitch type effects" into his mpc, but alot of other people

    are using ableton live, max/msp, plugs etc..

    I always wondering how he pulled it off, cause he claims all he uses is an mpc, thats all..

  • http://www.nrk.no/urort/Artist/Torstein/default.aspx Happy Tosh !

    about the glitch.. i'd say, don't try to be all that calculated guys! Rack up some stuff, turn some knobs and let it spin out of control. All the while recording the menace going down. Give it a listen later on and pick out the good parts. That's the art of it really, but then of course, the work begins…

  • s ford

    @ delphi

    there are many tools for creating the glitch effect. if you have a computer for making music, then have a look around for a max/msp patch called 'munger' which is pretty decent for creating glitch sounds. there are a lot of other patches for max/msp on the web, and all you need to run is the free runtime to use them.

    as for prefuse 73 just using a mpc, that is completely true. i read an interview with him in future music magazine or something, and he pretty much does everything on a mpc. all the 'glitches' are from chopping up samples into tiny bits. the mpc2000 is his mpc of choice, but he does own pretty much every mpc model around and uses different ones at different times. eg mpc500 on the road etc etc….

  • billy gnosis

    shut up nerds

  • paul

    Ok so when will flying lotus fess up and tell us all what he really uses to make his music. And maybe an explanation about the "squashed" sound. I love how his stuff sounds on shit speakers, but in the club its a bit tinny, due to the compression. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE what he does.

  • http://xfader.com regend

    i dunno what the big deal is about plug ins…i throw WAV files into sound forge and i highlight pieces and hit ctrl-c and the move the little cursor around and hit ctrl-v and i do that over until i get the sounds i want…reverse, pitch, distortion, and time stretch effects work in sound forge great!

  • Martin

    i know he sold his monome! ;)

  • http://www.melodiefabriek.nl Marco Raaphorst

    I am using DRM-ed music software, but…

    DRM-free CD :)

  • ed

    he has good production on his music but his live act is sloppy, i only saw him twice one was at the detroit electronic music fest and if your sloppy there i bet he's sloppy all the time. to bad some artist just cant pull it off live

  • http://www.createdigitalmusic.com Peter Kirn

    @ed: I did visuals for him in Philly, so was really focused on what was happening rhythmically, and I didn't find that remotely sloppy. It could be we're applying different criteria or tastes, of course. But I'd at least say, everyone has off days / off circumstances — so I'd take the other side of your bet, generally speaking. ;)

  • delphi

    Sounds, like he does compress the shit out of his

    stuff.. or maybe hes trying to sound like madlib?

    does to me.

  • delphi

    Lol, triggering clips in ableton live, and twisting knobs creating stuttering and lo pass filter effects is called a performance? I never understood the lap-hop phenomenon.

  • http://www.twitter.com/bLcKtRsH bLcKtRsH

    dear delphi,

    what the hell do you call dj'ing in the likeness of real hip hop music?

    i just saw daedelus two days ago and if you think he's not 'performing' then perhaps it'd be to refrain.

  • delphi

    well he might be an exception, since hes one of the original pioneers to this fad.. no one really rocks the Monome like him. i gotta give him some credit. I am mostly speaking of the johnny come lates, nodding there heads triggering clips.. yes, some of the music can be decent at best.. but performance ? you gotta be kidding me. everything is usually in 4/4 time, no tempo changes. pressing buttons and twisting knobs is not very impressive to me. jel on the mpc is cool to watch cause hes actually playing something, and has rythem.. not locked to tempo.

  • Happy Tosh !

    If it works with the audience, then you're good, no matter what you do, but you can't please them all. If you feel good about what you deliver, that's a good start.

  • ed

    @delphi your right it is just turning knobs and faders in time, some do live sampling which does make the performance better, it doesn't matter. Long as it doenst sound SLOPPY. Who cares what they're doing on stage, its about the atmosphere that the artist cant create so the audience can have an audio and visual experience, PEOPLE ARE LOOKING TO DEEP INTO WHATS NOT REALLY IMPORTANT!!!! ( ACTUALLY THE PEOPLE THAT BITCH ABOUT PERFORMANCE ISSUES ARE IGNORANT MUSICIANS WHO THINK THERE BETTER THAN EVERYONE ELSE CUZ THEY CAN PLAY JIMMI HENDRIX SONGS AND BECAUSE ITS SO MUCH HARDER TO PLAY INSTRUMENTS, WELL I PLAY PAINO AND GUT. AND I HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH TURNING KNOBS TO MAKE AWESOME SOUND DESIGN )

  • ed

    @PETER YOU DONT HAVE DAYS OFF AS A PRO DJ. UNLESS YOUR A FUCKIN LOOSER DRUG ADICT ( UR SET CAN BE WEAK BUT NEVER SLOPPY) LIKE I SAID TURNING KNOBS IN TIME VERY EASY. BUT ALSO FLYING LOTUS PRODUCTION IS GREAT BUT SO IS A MILLION OTHER PEOPLE

  • Tyler

    ed, i'm afraid you are sorely mistaken as to what this music is about and how it's performed.

    if you don't dig the music, don't listen. if you do, who cares how it's made and played? clearly you don't understand the amount of time and effort that goes into the sets where we're just "turning knobs in time".

  • ed

    @Tyler dont be ignorant. were not talking about pre production. were talking about live production. and if you read my earlier post your question mark foolishness has already been stated as fact. SO YOU MADE YOURSELF COMPLETELY REDUNDANT.

  • Tyler

    how is voicing my opinion redundant unless i did it twice? and perhaps you should reread my post as well– i wasn't referring solely to preproduction. regardless, did you write the standard on how performances are to be done? last time i checked flying lotus was the one selling out clubs and inspiring others, not you. pretty sure they're feelin it, no matter how "easy" it seems to you.

  • ed

    HAHA CUZ EVERYTHING YOU JUST STATED AND YOUR OPINION WAS STATED AS FACT ALREADY IN MY POST EARLIER… YOUR A FOOLISH KID. DONT FORGET PEOPLE ON THIS SITE INCLUDING ME ARE ACTAUL AUDIO ENGINEERS, SO DONT BASH PEPOLE THAT YOU DONT EVEN KNOW…..AND THUS FAR YOU DONT HAVE ANOTHER POST ON THIS BLOG. I HEAR NOTHING BUT A KIDS JIBBERISH

  • Machines

    No offense, ed, but if you're a professional audio engineer, please let me know who you are so I don't ever have to work with you. Seems like you have a propensity for shouting and calling people stupid.

  • ed

    IS ANYONE PAYING ATTENTION? LOL. @MACHINES IF YOU HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING ANYTHING? I WAS STATING HOW IT IS, AND NOW YOUR SAYING IM CALLING PEOPE STUPID, WHEN I NEVER STATED ANYTHING RESEMBLING STUPIDITY TOWARDS ANOTHER INDIVIDUAL. READ MY FIRST POST ALL THE WAY DOWN.MAYBE THEN IT WOULD MAKE MORE SENSE TO YOU AND EVERYONE ELSE.

  • http://www.createdigitalmusic.com Peter Kirn

    Okay, kids, break it up, or I start to hit the delete button.

    Ed, turn off your caps lock key.

    Other people, stop arguing with Ed.

    Got it?

    I do, have the ability to destroy these comments, really. ;)

  • Tyler

    Personally Peter, I think that may be for the best… someone seems to show a real disdain for anyone who disagrees with the uber leet sound engineer. Because I couldn't possibly be one as well.