Review: FLYING LOTUS ‘You’re Dead!’

Flying Lotus is back with a new album called “You’re Dead!” — and it is banging. “You’re Dead!” sends you on a trip with its experimental beats and ambient sounds.

Known for producing most of the “bump music” for Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim, Steven Ellison, under the name Flying Lotus, is not shy with experimenting with different sounds. Flying Lotus has been to many music festivals and tours with artists like Thundercat and Teebs.

“You’re Dead!” features artists like Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar and Kimbra Johnson. The newest single, “Never Catch Me” features Lamar on vocals. Ellison wanted to work with Lamar the most out of all other rappers, when asked by Dr. Dre.

Ellison kicked off a 24-hour live broadcast of his album Oct. 3. He envisioned his newest album as an aural journey about the spirit leaving the body — which is pretty accurate. This album makes you feel high, with- out any type of hallucinogenics, with funky, electronic beats that lead you on a pseudo-psychedelic trip.

“The protest,” the second to last song on the album, has a harmonic complexity and jazz snippets that bring the song to life. The entire album only adds up to 38 minutes and 15 seconds, but each second takes a different path on a musical embarkment.

Flying Lotus started a massive North American tour Oct. 9, which will include a stop in Denver Nov. 22 at the Fillmore Auditorium.

“You’re Dead!” was released on Warp Records Oct. 7.

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