John Matraia
John Matraia
25 May 2019

Music is designed to make us feel. Regardless of what that feeling is, music that has staying power makes the listener feel something. Flying Lotus does this impeccably, taking listeners on an airy and mystical journey with his brand new project Flamagra, released yesterday.

It is a twenty-seven track project, clocking out around an hour and some change, which makes for a collection of short and sweet tracks that don’t drag on the way one would expect a long project to. The instrumentals on here range from groovy and jazz-influenced, to wonky and glitchy, containing intricacies all over that result in a double take from the listener. Flamagra comes together to make for an overall cohesive listening experience that only becomes more intriguing as it progresses. The instrumentals FlyLo arranges on here evoke passion and creativity through dense and intricately developed textures, from the atmospheric and ambient “Hot Oct.”, to the danceable “Heroes in a Half Shell.”

There are also a number of fantastic guest appearances on here. Tierra Whack’s charismatic contribution to “Yellow Belly” is incredible, and Denzel Curry brings his aggressive yet attentive delivery to “Black Balloons Reprise”, which serves as a sequel to his own “Black Balloons” from last year’s TA13OO. Ishmael Butler of Shabazz Palaces drops a fitting verse on “Actually Virtual”, and Thundercat adds some beautiful vocals and nice bass work to “The Climb”. Other guests of the star-studded feature lineup include funk icon George Clinton, Anderson .Paak, Little Dragon, Toro y Moi, Solange, and legendary filmmaker David Lynch, who adds spoken word to “Fire Is Coming”.

Flying Lotus has already solidified himself as a legendary producer, and he continues to show off his versatility and talent with a beautiful array of sounds on 2019’s Flamagra. Check it out below.