‘I want outrageous ideas’Playlist Spawning hip-hop, a view with a shroom and big brass: Flying Lotus’s top five jazz albums
Flying Lotus’s second album, Los Angeles, is a masterpiece of crackly jazz samples, nervy computer game sounds and stuttering hip-hop beats from a drum machine smoking a joint. Released in 2008, it shook up electronic music. Hordes of young musicians copied his psychedelic style while stars like Thom Yorke of Radiohead, Snoop Dogg and Herbie Hancock outed themselves as fans.
The latter two appear on his sixth and latest album, You’re Dead!, a bleak, conceptual album about death featuring electronic fusion jazz from the future. The 31-year-old Californian, whose passport shows to be Steven Ellison, told The Red Bulletin about the jazz albums that get him jazzed.
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