PICS: Flying Lotus at House of Blues

Experimental hip-hop/R&B/electronic producer/rapper Flying Lotus brought a breathtaking 3D spectacle to downtown's House of Blues recently.

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The Sept. 19 show, announced back in March, was simply a one-of-a-kind experience. While his music is difficult to explain, perhaps it was described best by Catalyst Magazine's Kaleigh Stock in a recent review: "It lands somewhere between neurotic, avant-garde space-hip-hop with occasional Nintendo samples, experimental, hallucination-inducing jazz dreamscapes, and Stravinskian, electronic, cosmic gospel with an inclination toward the morbid."
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Currently on the road in support of his latest studio album, this year's "Flamagra," some critics have claimed it represents FlyLo's most impressively thematic work to-date -- featuring appearances and collaborations with Anderson .Paak, George Clinton, Little Dragon, Denzel Curry, Shabazz Palaces, Thundercat, Toro y Moi, Solange, David Lynch, and Tierra Whack.
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"Flamagra" follows his five previous studio albums: 2006's "1983," 2008's "Los Angeles," 2010's "Cosmogramma," 2012's "Until the Quiet Comes," and 2014's "You're Dead!"
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Interesting trivia tidbit: Born Steven Ellison, he is the grandson of singer-songwriter Marilyn McLeod, who wrote Diana Ross's "Love Hangover" and Freda Payne's "I Get High (On Your Memory)" (among other songs) and is Alice Coltrane's sister.
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In 2006, while interning at Stones Throw Records in LA, he sent tracks to Cartoon Network's Adult Swim after seeing an advertisement asking for song submissions. It began a fortuitous and bountiful relationship between Flying Lotus and the bizarre, beloved channel. Soon after, he signed to Warp Records and released his debut LP.
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After dropping "Los Angeles" in 2008, he released collaborations with Samiyam, Gonjasufi and a series of EPs featuring remixes and unreleased tracks from the album's sessions. He also remixed "Reckoner" from Radiohead's album "In Rainbows" -- which would lead to collaborations with the band's frontman Thom Yorke and guitarist Jonny Greenwood (on "Electric Candyman" and "Hunger," respectively, from "Until the Quiet Comes").
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A long-time masterful visual artist (just ask anyone who's been to one of his prior tours or seen the short films he's released for some of his music), FlyLo delivered an unforgettable stage show for faithful fans in attendance -- with compelling 3D visuals and videos running behind and around him (and only fully experienced by those wearing the 3D glasses handed out at the door).
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The visuals might be best described by a recent bit on SpectrumCulture.com by Holly Hazelwood: "It’s essentially like if the creators of those old Microsoft screensavers were given a million dollar budget and as much acid as they wanted – and I mean all of this in the best possible way."
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Simply put: Flying Lotus' House of Blues show was astounding on so many levels and we can only hope he returns to San Diego again soon!
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