A moody, widescreen, be-bopping riposte to UK dubstep

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Album Review: Flying Lotus - 'Cosmogramma' (Warp)


Album Review: Flying Lotus – ‘Cosmogramma’ (Warp)

Channelling the same cosmic ambition that drove his great-auntie [b]Alice Coltrane[/b], the title of FlyLo’s self-styled ‘space opera’ is perhaps a nod to its boundary-less, map-scrunching approach. In mood and style, though, it’s a telegram from our own digital planet, picking us up where the laptop prof’s [b]‘Los Angeles’[/b] debut dropped us for another nocturnal journey through LA that serves as a moody, widescreen, be-bopping riposte to UK dubstep. Only this time it’s a flashier ride. His mix of minimal beats and muzzy, [b]J Dilla[/b] boom is resprayed with strings, a muscular glitch’n’bass virtuosity like [b]Squarepusher[/b], swarthy jazz and ’70s TV samples, and a breath-catching appearance from [b]Thom Yorke[/b] on [b]‘…And The World Laughs With You’[/b]. Sometimes, the speed on the cornering leaves you thinking he could’ve pulled over to let a few of these jams come into focus, but that’s a minor fault on this trip.

[b]Chris Parkin[/b]

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