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Flying Lotus, Teebs, Jeremiah Jae 

When: Tue., Oct. 16, 9 p.m. 2012
Price: sold out
With each new recording, LA beat maker Flying Lotus (aka Steve Ellison) moves further and further from the standard points of reference for EDM and hip-hop, delving deeper into his own hermetic universe. But he's hardly closed off from the world on the new Until the Quiet Comes (Warp)—he's clearly indebted to many extant musical styles, and he's joined by a crew of guests that includes electric bassist Stephen "Thundercat" Bruner and vocalists Erykah Badu and Thom Yorke. That said, FlyLo's introverted hybrids—and the way he assembles them into a shape-shifting 47-minute trip—have few precedents (though they share a lineage with DJ Shadow's Endtroducing . . . . . ). From track to track the mood shifts dramatically: the tightly coiled electro-funk and in-the-red J. Dilla-style beats of the instrumental "The Nightcaller" (which changes direction completely midway through, jumping into a warped Prince-like vibe) rolls into the jazz-driven "Only If You Wanna," with its swing drum patterns and Bruner's Squarepusher-esque bass; then that cut drifts into the glitchy, spellbinding ambience of "Electric Candyman," with Yorke bringing a lightness of tone to the skittering, clopping beats and mentholated keyboards. Flying Lotus doesn't necessarily do anything shockingly new with any one track, but he's never made an album with such a glorious, cinematic sprawl. —Peter Margasak Teebs and Jeremiah Jae open.


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