Flying Lotus

Los Angeles

Flying Lotus has been making experimental beats for years, but it seems that recently he’s hit a learning curve. The great-nephew of the late Alice Coltrane, Fly Lo combines electronic, Brazilian and jazz percussion and intertwines them with ambient backdrops. The album starts in an airy haze and descends into a dusty, experimental glimpse of hip-hop’s inevitable future. Often compared to the late J Dilla, Fly Lo creates his own style of awkward, slightly off-kilter melodic beats. He is a genuine laptop musician whose range of influences wobble between his family’s rich musical background and the current day amusements of Los Angeles city life. And if you’ll let them, tracks like “Brainfeeder,” with solar keyboards and reclusive space will sink into your head and slip down into your heavy heart.