Trip hop, syrupy beats, warbling sax and rapier pin-pricks of sound pepper from every direction on FlyLo’s third album. It’s what we’ve come to expect from the Californian, yet ‘Cosmogramma’ presents a marathon listening challenge. Similarly in-line with Squarepusher’s acute ingenuity, this effort, at times, is rendered a little narrow and specialised by FlyLo’s propensity for melding a world of different influences into three-minute bumpers. But from celestial interludes to static samples, gloomy atmospherics and hijacked frequencies, it’s an album alive and evolving from the moment you hit the dial. Like flicking through pirate radio stations, ‘Cosmo…’ dances between the extremes but when it levels out and you’re rewarded with blankets of warm, rolling melody, you can’t help but be seduced.

By Reef Younis

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