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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Flying Lotus review – a celestial stew of tangential beats and throbbing bass

O2 ABC, Glasgow
Spectacular visuals and thunderous soundscapes escalate into full-on LA party bounce by the show’s end

Anyone wandering around in a chemically altered state at festivals this summer should approach Flying Lotus’s live show with caution. The fantastical sight of the LA producer and sometime rapper in a black mask with eerie, illuminated eye lenses and prodding at his laptop inside a futuristic projection/performance sculpture may be too much for fragile minds to bear.

Which is to say nothing of FlyLo AKA Steven Ellison’s similarly mind-melting music: a celestial stew of tangential beats and throbbing bass, stirring in elements of IDM, hip-hop, free jazz (Ellison is the grand-nephew of John Coltrane’s late wife, pianist Alice Coltrane) and so much more. In the parlance of the video games he loves to reference and sample, Ellison’s fifth and latest album You’re Dead! is next-level stuff.

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