Flying Lotus played his biggest London show to date last night, performing to a sell-out crowd at O2 Academy Brixton.
Jay Electronica, a late replacement on the line-up as replacement for MF Doom, provided a chaotic support slot directly before the Los Angeles producer took to the stage. Security stepped in when Electronica invited fans on stage and filled the space provided with members of the audience.
Telling those gathered to “fuck security. You paid for tickets, they didn’t” he only agreed to get the thirty plus people off stage after Flying Lotus himself came on to request they leave. Fans left in the audience managed to see Electronica perform snatches of his material, including ‘Exhibit C’ and ‘Eternal Sunshine’ before he left.
Flying Lotus addressed the impromptu stage invasion as he arrived on stage himself shortly after 9:40pm, saying that his equipment is “too expensive” to be surrounded by people drinking and dancing. The purpose built rig in which he performed from was the main focus of the show, with stunning visual effects projected onto the 10ft tall construct as he opened a set comprising hits from across his career as well as productions for other artists, a remix of Drake’s ‘Know Yourself ‘ and an unnamed collaboration with Chance The Rapper.
An impressive light show lit up the stage as the producer ran through tracks including ‘Coronus, The Terminator’, ‘Putty Boy Strut’ and ‘Siren Song’ plus Kendrick Lamar collaboration ‘Never Catch Me’ from the 2014 album ‘You’re Dead!’
Captain Murphy, Flying Lotus’s masked hip-hop alter ego also made an appearance, with the producer stepping out from behind his technical set-up to get into the audience’s faces and rap songs including ‘The Killing Joke’ and ‘Dead Man’s Tetris’.
The producer, real name Stephen Ellison, also tackled the last-minute removal of MF Doom’s name from the bill. “Speaking of villainy,” he said, “we knew that was a 50-50 situation.”
Later in the set, bass player Thundercat arrived on stage in his traditional headwear and performed a solo rendition of his contribution to Kendrick Lamar album ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’, ‘Complexion (A Zulu Love)’ before climbing up alongside Flying Lotus to compliment his performance.
The hour long set came to an end with Flying Lotus confirming that the gig was “by far the most people I have ever performed for in London” before emerging as Captain Murphy one last time for the TNGHT-sampling ‘Shake Weight’.
Flying Lotus returns for British festival dates this summer, including slots at Glastonbury and Bestival.