It has been nearly five years since Flying Lotus released his most recent full-length album, You're Dead. Last week, he announced his triumphant return with the release of a bizarre video featuring David Lynch called "Fire Is Coming" and details for his next new album, Flamagra.
Today, FlyLo shared a couple of tracks from the album, "Spontaneous" featuring Little Dragon and an instrumental called "Takashi." Listen below, on YouTube:
As a producer, musician, and songwriter, Flying Lotus is a genius at combining a wide range of styles, including jazz, R&B, electronic, hip-hop, rock, and avant-garde. These two new songs show a musical direction trending toward funky-yet-dreamy with quirky synth elements thrown in, sounding at times like classic 16-bit video games and at other times like birds chirping.
Featuring Swedish electronic music group Little Dragon on "Spontaneous," the polyrhythmic beat and layers of keyboards are complemented by the airy vocals of Yukimi Nagano. The romantic lyrics blend into what may seem like the musical equivalent of a psychedelic trip. The nearly six-minute "Takashi" takes listeners on a journey from a spacey beginning with reggae-inflections to a high-energy Innervisions-esque R&B jam. On Instagram, FlyLo shared that the song was named after the Japanese artist Takashi Kudo, who reminded him of "our responsibility to bring magic to this world" during a trip to Japan.
The Flamagra album also features collaborations with Anderson .Paak, Solange, Thundercat, Herbie Hancock, Robert Glasper, Tierra Whack, and more. The album is scheduled for release on May 24, 2019. Pick it up on Amazon.
For more, check out Flying Lotus's Zumic Artist Page.