Sara Colohan for London Calling: Flying Lotus comes to London Nov 16
Flying Lotus - “... redefines what can be done with electronic music.” – Dazed
Flying Lotus is 28 year old Steven Ellison, a world-wide respected experimental musician specialising in a fusion of electro, jazz and hip hop. His work is so full of contradictions, unexpected jolts of energy and transposing ambient lulls that it’s hard to describe it without indulging in a little literary flurry. To say his music is dreamy, off beat and elegant, with solid rhythmic beats mixed with soulful melodic rifts, gets us some way to unfolding it’s depths, but add in the rich layers of electro and off centre drum beats that seem to sway and swagger us through each track, and you get a sense that Flying Lotus is happy creating his own form and will never adhere to the restraints of a standard 4/4 beat.
He has struggled labelling his own style of music in the past. In a recent interview he branded his particular interpretation as ‘avant-beat music’ and took time to acknowledge his strong jazz roots and the role they play in creating his style. (He is related to late jazz pianist Alice Coltrane, wife of saxophonist John Coltrane).
This time last year Flying Lotus sold out London’s 3000 capacity Roundhouse, so selling out The Troxy (2200 capacity) this year is probably a given. Better move fast and get those tickets!
You can make an extended night of it by going with the Soundcrash After Party at The Scala. You can purchase a Flying Lotus gig + After Party ticket through Soundcrash website.
The album ‘Until the Quiet Comes’ is reviewed here in The Quietus.
Flying Lotus "Putty Boy Strut"
Flying Lotus “See Thru To U feat. Erykah Badu”
Flying Lotus "Small Moments (Until The Quiet Comes previews)"
Stream Flying Lotus “Until the Quiet Comes” here