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All Music Guide - Jason Lymangrover
For 26-year-old Steve Ellison's deservedly hyped third album, Flying Lotus loosened the reins and set out to make Cosmogramma, which his label, Warp, promoted as a space opera of sorts. More of a long-playing, cohesive listen than the prior year's excellent Los Angeles, which felt like a collection of insular, Dilla-inspired beats, Flying Lotus evolved into a forerunner of his own personal genre. On this, his most far-out release to date, he incorporates a thicker amount of live instrumentation horns, strings, bass, guitar, and even harp with his laptop manipulations, and branches away from hip-hop. Call it futuristic fusion, if you will, but the result is much more ...
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All Music Guide - Jason Lymangrover
For 26-year-old Steve Ellison's deservedly hyped third album, Flying Lotus loosened the reins and set out to make Cosmogramma, which his label, Warp, promoted as a space opera of sorts. More of a long-playing, cohesive listen than the prior year's excellent Los Angeles, which felt like a collection of insular, Dilla-inspired beats, Flying Lotus evolved into a forerunner of his own personal genre. On this, his most far-out release to date, he incorporates a thicker amount of live instrumentation horns, strings, bass, guitar, and even harp with his laptop manipulations, and branches away from hip-hop. Call it futuristic fusion, if you will, but the result is much more ahead of the curve than, say, Herbie Hancock's Future 2 Future though it shares some similarities and more on par with a Jaga Jazzist or a Four Tet release. That is, it's left of center. Free jazz plays a huge part, and Flylo draws deeply from his Coltrane lineage, but he also dips into past-prime electronic and dance styles. Techno, house, and drum'n'bass all take shape alongside IDM blips, dubstep, and disco strings or blaxploitation soundtrack orchestration, courtesy of OutKast and Erykah Badu arranger Miguel Atwood-Ferguson. As a mass of shape-shifting layers, the album mutates constantly throughout the tracks, in a dense soundscape that sometimes feels palpable and at other times becomes liquid, rife with bottomless possibilities. Cosmogramma is an instrumental genre-jumping journey for head-bopping intellectuals, and the meditative melodies by vocalists Thundercat, Laura Darlington, and Thom Yorke only add to the experience.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/4/2010
  • Label: Warp Records
  • UPC: 801061019525
  • Catalog Number: 10195
  • Sales rank: 26,600

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Clock Catcher (1:12)
  2. 2 Pickled! (2:13)
  3. 3 Nose Art (1:58)
  4. 4 Intro/a Cosmic Drama (1:14)
  5. 5 Zodiac Shit (2:44)
  6. 6 Computer Face/Pure Being (2:32)
  7. 7 ...and the World Laughs With You (2:55)
  8. 8 Arkestry (2:51)
  9. 9 Mmmhmm - Thundercat (4:14)
  10. 10 Do the Astral Plane (3:57)
  11. 11 Satelllliiiiiteee (3:49)
  12. 12 German Haircut (1:57)
  13. 13 Recoiled (3:36)
  14. 14 Dance of the Pseudo Nymph (2:46)
  15. 15 Drips/Auntie's Harp (2:10)
  16. 16 Table Tennis - Laura Darlington (3:01)
  17. 17 Galaxy In Janaki (2:27)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Flying Lotus Primary Artist
Ravi Coltrane Tenor Saxophone
Rebekah Raff Harp
Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Strings
Richard Eigner Drums
Niki Randa Vocals
Laura Darlington Vocals
Dorian Concept Keyboards
Brian Martinez Guitar
Todd Simon Trumpet
Thundercat Bass, Vocals
Technical Credits
Thom Yorke Composer
Daddy Kev Mastering
Miguel Atwood-Ferguson String Arrangements
Flying Lotus Composer, Producer, Engineer
Laura Darlington Composer
Thundercat Composer
Leigh J. McCloskey Artwork
Codex Tor Artwork
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