It seems hard to be an artist these days without a steady stream of mixes. The problem is, a lot of these become monotonous and similar. By contrast, this week, Flying Lotus drops a free download that feels more like getting a pass into someone’s hard drive.

Ideas + Drafts + Loops is full of random snippets of music, many of them – despite the name – fairly fully formed. FlyLo’s signature over-compression is showcased, of course, but you also get sparkling, shimmering rushes of sound, like a beautifully-romantic clip for Aqua Teen Force. (Being in California, of course FlyLo has been doing TV work, a lot of it great stuff.)

These are gentle and improvisatory, unadulterated fun without the burden of having to be a commercially-consumed track. And the results feel like a brilliant ray of sunshine in the midst of this December, a musical advent calendar (24 tracks, no less) of surprises. Personalities like Thundercat appear, musical notions are set free to roam, weirdness is allowed. “Puppet Talk” introduces a wavering synthesized and then resynthesized Satie Gymnopedie, in a shuffling, syncopated waltz.

The Internet’s ever-angry demand for more content, regardless of quality, can be oppressive. But this is its best side: it’s a chance to let the stranger corners of your imagination, the musical marginalia of production, see the light of day.

Speaking of the Internet unleashing streams of consciousness: image at the top from the FlyLo Instagram. It’s good to be Steve; I want those shoes.

FLYING LOTUS : IDEAS + DRAFTS + LOOPS [Brainfeeder + download links]


About That Time
Adventure Sound – ft. The Underachievers
An Xbox Killed My Dog
Aqua Teen 24
Aqua teen inst 24
Between Villains
Chasing Apples
Colemans Groove . ft. Andreya Triana and Niki Randa
Coswerved draft
Flying Lotus – DJ Mehdi – Mapei IDEAS 1 MIX
Hide me ft. Shabazz Palaces
Little Hours ft. Baths
Meadow Man2
Oatmeal Face
Osaka Trade
Puppet Talk
Such a Square
The Diddler
TheKill ft. Niki Randa
Thundercat – Yeezus- Black Skinhead

  • Bobby A

    Thanks for the tip! I can’t wait to dig into this. I wish more electronic and hip hop producers released stuff like this.

  • ▓▒░ TORLEY ░▒▓

    One of the most interesting things about this is hearing FlyLo BEFORE his music has the additional dimension of dynamic range squashed by mastering. Even with the pre-master compression, some of it sounds airy and spacious. I often wonder what a FlyLo-James Murphy collaboration would sound like for that very reason.

    Enjoy Murphy’s remix of David Bowie’s “Love Is Lost” — one of the finest masterpieces of electronic music in a long, long while:

  • Will

    Great music, and a great post about it. Yay Internet.