Los Angeles based-producer, Flying Lotus, aka FlyLo, aka Steven Ellison, has delivered an extremely user-friendly EP with Pattern+Grid World. His previous album, 2010’s Cosmogramma, was a bit of a slow burn and most likely alienated some new listeners. In contrast, the Pattern+Grid World EP is a truly fascinating and much more approachable listen. Flying Lotus is known for his transcendent genius which encompasses several musical genres, ranging from hip-hop, ambient, jazz, house, intelligent dance music,and world music. “Kill your co-workers” (my favorite track), is filled with 1980’s 8-bit video game sounds, creating a truly nostalgic piece that will have you guessing which Nintendo cartridge FlyLo pulled the beats from (odds are you had to blow into it before each play). The opening track, “Clay”, takes you on a digital odyssey of thumping drum beats, wailing synths, and jazz based hooks that keep you enthralled while hypnotizing you into a world of musical soundscapes. Give the tracks below a listen and expand your musical horizons into the avant-garde world of Flying Lotus. Emphasis tracks: 1, 2, 6, released 9/20/10.
RIYL: Dilla, Madlib, Hip Hop, Excellent Beats