Electronic machine mangler and laptop abuser Flying Lotus has undergone a Pokemon style evolution since keen eyed focus was decisively aimed onto him at the crest of the year. Although there are some that will still undoubtedly pigeonhole him with the ill-fitting summation of being an intelligent dance music beard stroker’s delight the reality of tonight’s performance sees him act out an alternative role in quite a different multi-referencing musical terrain.
Where once Steven Ellison used to purely stand alone ducked behind a laptop, triggering preconceived samples and drum loops at will before filtering into an often glitchy, jazz-tipped, J Dilla-influenced, electronically beating sonic brew, he now stands flanked by two added musicians, which gives him the ability to contort his original songs into new interesting free-flowing shapes – ones that have an added realness and a healthy dose of party-like upbeat fun. It’s a mix that sees him run out of the vicinity where pretentiousness is often dressed up as high-end art and into a realm where entertainment and having an enjoyable time ride high. Rather than be weighed down by expectation, Flying Lotus has taken it on his broad shoulders.
By Nathan Westley
Originally published in issue 23 (vol 3) of Loud And Quiet. November 2010