FLYING LOTUS: TAKASHI | REVIEW

– THE CHARM OFFENSIVE –

There are many reasons why people love Flying Lotus. There’s his intensely individualistic musical approach that blends the vibes of Madlib and MF DOOM with those of Herbie Hancock and his great uncle John Coltrane. There’s the zany collective of reprobates that makes up his endlessly fascinating Brainfeeder label roster. There’s even his rap alter-ego Captain Murphy.

And I’ve long been an admirer of all of those too. But (and you can call me immature if you wish) possibly the thing I’ve always loved the most about “FlyLo” is the fact that he’s so often referred to as such. I don’t know whether this is the case in Steven Ellison’s (as he’s known to his Mum) home town of LA, but in England, if one is said to be ‘flying low’ it means one’s trouser zip is undone.

Which is somewhat embarrassing.

Turns out, my new favourite thing about FlyLo is Takashi.

A mind-bending, psychedelic electro-jazz-fest that hints at reggae, samba and dance rhythms, it’s lighter and more humorous than you might typically associate with Ellison (especially if you don’t always snigger at his nickname, like me). I mean it as the highest compliment when I say it’s like a natural evolution of some of the best work from Todd Terje’s 2014 LP, It’s Album Time.

Takashi comes from the forthcoming album Flamagra (due 24 May) which will be released via Warp Records. The LP will feature, amongst others, contibutions from George Clinton, Anderson .Paak, Tierra Whack, Thundercat and Solange.

Which is something of an embarrassment of riches.

MORE FROM THIS WEEK’S MIX

BRONX SLANG: LADIES AND GENTLEMEN
MADISON MCFERRIN: NO TIME TO LOSE
BRAD MEHLDAU: THE GARDEN
ISHMAEL ENSEMBLE FEAT. YAZZ AHMED: THE RIVER

P.S. You can find all of the tracks reviewed above in the 45 Revolutions per Minute playlist below or click to access the 45 RPM Playlist on Spotify itself.

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– SV –