Boy, oh boy! You lucky ducks! The Tower just dropped into our lap a small chunk of tix to see sonic sorcerer Flying Lotus at the Tower Theater tonight. Time is short so we’re gonna keep this one easy-peasy. All you have to do is join our mailing list (at the bottom of the masthead) and then send us a note at FEED@PHAWKER.COM telling us you do so along with your full name and mobile number for confirmation and the magic words FLYING LOTUS in the subject line. Good luck and…er, what’s that? You have no earthly idea who the Flying Lotuses are and why should you even care in the first place?!? First of all don’t use that tone of voice with me young man/lady, second of all we shouldn’t have to do your homework for you, but like I said time is short. So check it out, for real:
Every so often there comes an artist who both can defy and define genres. For EDM, these musicians are few and far between – we see far more imitators than trend-setters. Producers also tend to stick to what they know – a lot of the time an artist never lets his music escape the confines of his own macbook. It’s exciting when a producer tries out new methods and styles to create music, and experimenters are important figures in the world of art. Surely it is those who break free from the confines of the status quo and delve into unknown territory that can create something that seems unreal. “Avant Garde” is hardly a label electronic musicians can earn; that title is generally reserved for artists in jazz and painting. With the advent of modern software synthesis and audio processing comes a new era of music, where a person is practically free to create any soundscape he wants.
Flying Lotus is one of these game-changing, genre bending figures that only comes along every so often. Finding his roots in hip-hop, jazz, and turntablism, Steven Ellison A.K.A. Flying Lotus has been releasing music with Warp Records since 2007. He is no underground artist either – Flying Lotus is the seventh most followed person on soundcloud with almost four million followers. Not only is Flying Lotus a music producer, he has a hip-hop alter ego, Captain Murphy, who appears as a shadowy figure based on an Adult Swim show. Captain Murphy is not Lotus’s only link to Adult Swim; Flylo has produced a large portion of the music the program plays randomly in between shows. Music is literally in this man’s blood; Steven Ellison is the great nephew of the jazz pianist Alice Coltrane, wife of the great saxaphone player John Coltrane. On the note of the sax, Flylo has even been called “the jazz of EDM”. I’ve been told that by several different people Flying Lotus released his fifth studio album You’re Dead! (Warp) — featuring Snoop Dogg, Kendrick LaMar and Herbie Hancock — on October 7. MORE
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