Flying Lotus is the great-nephew of the sainted Alice Coltrane. Now that I have your attention, dig what this talented L.A. producer is laying down. 1983 is a rare species of cosmic underground hip-hop. Flying Lotus combines Madlib’s affinity for jazzy arrangements and chord progressions, Nobody’s and Daedelus’ psychedelic textural proclivities, and J Dilla’s economical, dusted funkiness. Further, the supremely rich and unusual tones Flying Lotus creates suggest that his great-aunt’s musical talent has seeped into his own brain. Fans of innovative instrumental hip-hop are all the richer for that fortuitous skill transference.
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