FLY­ING LO­TUS You’re Dead

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Warp

When Steven El­li­son ini­tially went to work on the fifth Fly­ing Lo­tus al­bum, the plan was to make a jazz al­bum. Noth­ing new there; you could ap­ply the jazz tag to most of what Alice Coltrane’s nephew has pro­duced through the years, and many of the open­ing tracks here are jazz to the core. But You’re Dead goes wider and deeper to take a mag­i­cal run around the mu­si­cal houses. The wal­lop of sounds and styles is colos­sal, be it Ken­drick La­mar’s rhymes on the al­ready fran­tic Never Catch Me, or the beau­ti­fully framed soft-shuf­fle drama of Coronus,

The Ter­mi­na­tor, or how Dirty Pro­jec­tors’ An­gel Der­adoo­rian turns Siren Song into a grace­ful wig-out. El­li­son soars above the fray, deftly push­ing the sounds through an ex­hil­a­rat­ing se­ries of machi­na­tions and ma­noeu­vres. fly­ing-lo­tus.com

JIM CAR­ROLL

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