Really. I’m starting to think that Warp records are led by a crazy brahmin, whose goal is to make the whole population of the planet reach nirvana! Two months ago I totally fell in love with Gonjasufi. And now THIS? It’s not that I didn’t know Flying Lotus before. But I didn’t really pay attention, checked it out on youtube from time to time, didn’t really listen to the whole album from the beginning until the very end.
It’s of course very electronic. But not only. The record has the freshness and beat of the early albums of Aphex Twin – and it is also, like Aphex Twin, experimental. On the other hand it has great softness and it’s melodic, which I would compare to Amon Tobin. What is, however, most inspiring and stunning, are the influences of jazz. “Nah!”, you’ll say, “she’s just saying it cause Flying Lotus is a guy who is the nephew of the late and ever memorable John Coltrane”. So? Even if I have this thought in the back of my head, it doesn’t change the fact that Flying Lotus is something I would call jazz electro. It’s enough to look at the ways he constructs melodics, harmony and rhythm, how he puts it all together, how he forms his compositions. Whether it is the harmony of Do the Astral Plane, highly jazzy bass in Pickled!, the synthesizer in Computer Face/Pure Being, or is it German Haircut, which features Flying Lotus’ cousin, Ravi Coltrane (yes, the son of John and Alice) on saxophone, this record is very deeply rooted in jazz. Of course, the approach is different. But isn’t it what jazz is really all about? Expanding and going beyond borders?
Cosmogramma is just… cosmic. No, the title is not overestimated. It’s just out of this world. Amazingly sharp, intense, hypnotic, sexy, sometimes even spiritual. I’d even go so far to say that if hippie culture knew Flying Lotus’ music in the 1960’s, they wouldn’t have any craving for LSD anymore X-D
It is also amazingly constructed. Makes you raise your expectations, always fulfilling them or even giving more than you crave for. It’s diverse, the tension is growing continuously and even though the hunger is satisfied, there is always a little space left in you to want more. And, fuck, I don’t care if I sound poetic right now, if it’s corny teenage talk, or not, but this album is pure desire and energy. Something sensual, yet very conceptual – the best example of what you call “experimental music” and leaving one thought… that Flying Lotus is one of the most interesting, most provoking and most talented artists of our time.