The Flying Lotus is a mash-up of everything good in this electronic jazz tingled collage of sounds. This is a project that sounds unlike anything else I’ve been streaming on my FreedomPop smartphone. That may be the main reason that it is getting such critical acclaim.
The “You’re Dead” album is the 5th album from the Flying Lotus set with lots of well-known artists. Snoop Dogg and Kendrick Lamar stop through to drop rhymes. Herbie Hancock brings a funk and soul sound to the album.
The overarching theme of the album is about death. That is something very unexpected because so many songs on radio are about sex and making money. Few songs that discuss death – in the way that Flying Lotus covers it – will ever see the light of day. Fortunately, Flying Lotus is not looking for commercial appeal (even though he incorporates very commercialized artists like Snoop Dogg). Instead, Ellison was attempting to make music that would be impressive to jazz legends like Miles Davis.
The album is well produced because Ellison manages to find a way to carve different elements into the album without going off track. It doesn’t sound like a gimmick. This just all sounds like an album where new age hip hop meets electronic jazz.