It seems Warp are on the money again with their latest signing, Introducing Flying Lotus, a soulboy from LA who mixes hip-hop and bleeding edge dance music to create some exhilarating, otherworldly sounds. On Los Angeles, Fly Lo (as he’s known by his homies) wanted to create a -visual narrative’ of life in LA.
It’s comes as no surprise to learn that he spent his formative years as a film student: the 17 tracks here play like the soundtrack to a film which captures both the glitter and grime of LA life: no other artist has touched upon so many genres since DJ Shadow.
His imagination and production are both boundless and mouthwateringly creative. We are treated to lush analog waves, gritty distortion, grooving breakdowns, pounding bass and electronics so ambient, it sounds as if they have been somehow passed through water.
Los Angeles is an album of our times, which could only have been created in 2008. It is a sign of our both our ever expanding musical palette and the speed at which we want our music delivered: the songs are presented at a breakneck pace, barely leaving the listener with time to breathe and digest the million beats per second they have just taken in. It’s best to sit back, relax and let them wash over you.