Stream (NPR): Flying Lotus – Until The Quiet Comes
For nearly a decade, electronic composer Steven Ellison, a.k.a. Flying Lotus, has churned out living, breathing collages of hip-hop, dubstep, jazz and blues. A disciple of the late beatmaster J Dilla, Ellison is the current king of the beat scene in Los Angeles.
Both his own music and the music of the artists on Ellison’s Brainfeeder label have turned what started as instrumental hip-hop into a sound of his own. It’s a wonky bundle of skittering beats, bass-heavy bottoms and delicate, melodic tops. Over the years, FlyLo has added to and refined this voice, and Until the Quiet Comes (out Oct. 2) plays like it comes from a tunesmith intimately familiar with his toolbox.
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