Flying Lotus – Cosmogramma

Flying Lotus

Cosmogramma, Steve Ellison’s third LP under the Flying Lotus moniker, features a plethora of guest artists. But rather than fragmenting the release, the many voices and instruments added to the mix cohere admirably into a swirling maelstrom which Ellison styles as a “space opera.”

“Clock Catcher” is filled with glitchy effects set beside mid-tempo beats and bell-like synth passages. Elsewhere, saxophonist Ravi Coltrane and trumpeter Tod Simon blend jazz improvisations with strings and ambient synths. Thom Yorke (Radiohead) makes a guest appearance “And the World Laughs With You” – his voice soars past all too quickly! Thundercat lends bass and vocals to “Mmmhmm,” a funky trip hop cut. And Ellison recalls his aunt Alice Coltrane on “Drips/Auntie’s Harp” – with harp courtesy of Rebekah Raff. Cosmogramma evades easy categorization and its seamless polystylistic blending over the course of the entire album is an admirable achievement.

Check out Warp’s Cosmogramma page, featuring non-album tracks here.

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Tour Dates

April 27 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom)
April 29 – Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour
May 7 – Koln, DE – Burgerhaus Stollwerck
May 8 – Hamburg, DE – Knust
May 9 – Berlin, DE – Festssall Kreuzberg
May 13 – Zurich, CH – Kaufleuten
May 14 – Lyon, FR – Nuits Sonores Festival
May 17 – Brussels, BE – Nuits Botaniques Festival
May 18 – Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso
May 19 – London, UK – 229 (
May 21 – Paris, FR – Alhambra
May 22 – Roma, IT – Dissonanze Festival @ Palazzo dei Congressi (
May 29 – Antalya, TR – SunSplash Antalya Festival
June 9 – Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe
June 12 – Toronto, ON – The Mod Club
June 14 – Vancouver, BC – Venue
June 16 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
June 31 – Montreal, QC – Osheaga Festival