Available Oct. 2 on Warp
The Buzz: Steven Ellison, a.k.a. Flying Lotus, knows how to create a mood. From the moment you press play, the 18 tracks on his fourth studio album slowly build into a comprehensive whole. The songs are all based on grounding beats with rhythms rising to elegiac heights over and over again. The producer continues his trek to redefine hip-hop into an electronic-infused environmental experience more akin to Aphex Twin than Jay Z.
Listen: “Putty Boy Strut,” filled with experimental beats and mechanical drones, is a hungry robot cautionary tale that only FlyLo could craft.