Announced by tuneful toms and then a flurry of dense percussion recalling his jazz lineage, Flying Lotus is back with new music, accompanied by the soaring soulful vocals of Neo-Soul and R&B grand diva Erykah Badu. It’s likely to be a major landmark of this year’s record releases when it arrives at the beginning of October, but you can hear the first track of “Until The Quiet Comes” now via YouTube, below, or on Warp.

Onto the release, you can preorder now and get a digital download of the single, with full-color vinyl and collectors’ vinyl or an 8-panel digipack from Warp.

The surprise is that this is a packed 18-track LP. A number of notable collaborations from FlyLo friends make their return:

  • Niki Randa (on two tracks)
  • Thundercat
  • Thom Yorke
  • Laura Darlington

And tour dates are available now, as well:

23 Los Angeles, CA, Hollywood Bowl (w/ Animal Collective)

07 New York, NY, Terminal 5
15 Toronto, CO, The Hoxton
16 Chicago, IL, Metro
18 Denver, CO, Ogden
19 Salt Lake City, UT, Urban Lounge
22 Vancouver, BC, Fortune Club
23 Seattle, WA, Neptune
25 Oakland, CA, Fox Theatre

03 London, UK, Brixton Academy ‘All-nighter’ w/ 2 special Flying Lotus performances + support from Thundercat (live), The Gaslamp Killer, Lapalux (live), Kutmah (DJ)
04 Amsterdam, Netherlands, Paradiso
05 Leipzig, Germany, Conne Island
06 Paris, France, La Machine du Moulin Rouge
07 Fribourg, Switzerland, Fri-Son
08 Berlin, Germany, Gretchen
09 Manchester, UK, Manchester Warehouse Project
23 Makuhari Messe, JP, electraglide festival

I think it’s also worth noting that Warp is doing vinyl reissues of some classics from their back-catalog; FlyLo faves join the like of Aphex Twin:
warp vinyl reissues

Speaking of revisiting FlyLo past, since the artist is notoriously camera shy, I think it’s best to return to a wonderful and personal interview from 2010 for Belgian blog and label On Point:

Taken backstage, it gives a real insight into Steve the person, and how he thinks. In fact, I wholeheartedly support cutting back on interviews to do the few, like this one, that feel like a genuine conversation. Also from that same year: FlyLo became the interviewer rather than interviewee in a telling conversation with Hyperdub, London-based Sara Abdel-Hamid aka Ikonika for XLR8R in a great read.

You can tell already: it’s going to be a busy fall.

  • David Prouty

    Cool vibe …. but I don’t know if I like or dislike the Weird timing on those hats. I think I like it more than dislike.

  • paradiddle

    The weird timing is all over his releases. It’s part of his sound. I felt the same way when I heard the 1st time but I really dig his stuff in general. It puts a dent amidst all the fake quantized, on the grid, auto-tune, beat-detective crowd.

    • wingo shackleford

      Same thing happened to me the first time I listened to his last album (really listening to him for the first time). I was confused at first and then about three tunes in I suddenly started totally feeling it, and was like “Whoa… this is a *new* groove!”. Cool feeling, cool accomplishment on his part. I saw him live and the dude is a phenomenally talented performer. He had that crowd entranced. Kind of a cool stoney philosophic dude this guy, too. Dare I say Miles Davis 2.0? Anyway, love the guy.

    • Aaron

      No, you may not dare say Miles Davis 2.0.

  • Jeff D
  • Kevlar

    What does this have to do with creating digital music?

    • Peter Kirn

      What does Music have to do with Creating Digital Music? I’ll let you work that one out for yourself.

  • Aaron

    Like me some FlyLo, but not feeling the Badu track. The psuedo-stereo effect and saturation effect almost made me nauseous and the rest of the song wasn’t enough to by-pass that. Hopefully this isn’t a sign to come of the whole record.