Steven Ellison aka Flying Lotus returns after what seems a painstakingly long wait with ‘Until the Quiet Comes’, an 18-track album that dives deeps into the murky world of Electronic Jazz.
Ever since ‘Los Angeles’ expectation has always been high on the producer-cum-multi instrumentalist and Fly Lo doesn’t disappoint. Being related to Alice Coltrane, wife of the late great Jazz pioneer John Coltrane, it is easy to see where inspiration for ‘Until the Quite Comes’ is inherently plucked from.
The opener ‘All In’ bumps along to a jazz rhythm and draws the listener into the album very comfortably suggesting more a musical journey then a normal listening experience. There are nods to the Hip-Hop greats throughout, being a self confessed fan you can hear the J Dilla -esque beats popping that get your head nodding. (Also cop a view at the pre release visuals for the salute to the great Jay Dee).
‘Tiny Tortures’ has delicious heavy bass that’s like having yoghurt poured over your eardrums. Brainfeeder signing Thundercat provides the bass work on the album and he is on point for sure. The electronic elements are there in ‘All the Secrets’ & ‘Putty Boy Strut’ and Putty Boy sounds like it was lifted from a video game.
Perhaps the most exciting feature is from Brit hero and over all musical-god, Thom Yorke. Having previously worked together on ‘Cosmogramma’ he is far from out of place. For ‘Electric Candyman’ Yorke’s lyrics are typically haunting and ride over an echoing sound and deep bassline.
Fly Lo recently tweeted that the album is cut down from 60 different tracks and you can tell that the album is a carefully and painstakingly made piece of work. For me there isn’t really a stand out track but as its Fly Lo we look at ‘Until the Quiet Comes’ as a body of work not your average album. Having said that ‘The Nightcaller’ is one of my favorite.
Overall another great album, well crafted, different and a welcomed change from the quiet.
…Also anyone worked out who Captain Murphy is? Tracks produced by Flying Lotus and they are all sick. Would love to know.
Back in August those dope boys over at Pitchfork decided to follow Fly Lo around from Forecastle Festival in Louisville to Chicago for their own Pitchfork Music Festival. If your intrigued to learn more this is a brilliant Mini-Doc on what life is like with the producer on the road. Well worth a watch.