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Cosmogramma

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Clock Catcher
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Pickled!
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Nose Art
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Intro//A Cosmic Drama
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Zodiac Shit
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Computer Face/Pure Being
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...And The World Laughs With You ft. Thom Yorke
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Arkestry
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MmmHmm ft.Thundercat
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Do the Astral Plane
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Satelllliiiiiteee
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German Haircut
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Recoiled
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Dance of the Pseudo Nymph
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Drips//Auntie's Harp
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Table Tennis ft. Laura Darlington
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Galaxy In Janaki
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Total Tracks: 17   Total Length: 46:19

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Philip Sherburne

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08.16.10
Flying Lotus, Cosmogramma
Label: Warp Records

Flying Lotus's 2008 album Los Angeles is what put him on the map, confirming his role as one of the foremost producers in the city's experimental hip-hop scene — as well as, more broadly speaking, a central figure in an international circle of musicians who look beyond conventional genres. With Cosmogramma, FlyLo (Steven Ellison) takes that map and tears it in two. As astrally inclined as its title suggests, the album suggests a four-dimensional space… read more »

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Buy elsewhere

artistsresponse

Hmmm.... Emusic's insistence on 2-second pauses between tracks means you should buy this one elsewhere.

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not hop but hip...and mind bending

zbandit

If this is hip hop then I'm Bob frigging Dylan...there isn't a "hip-hop" DJ out there with this ability and raw imagination!

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Two Second Gaps!

scheffehcs

The files I just downloaded from Emusic have two second gaps between each song. This album was meant to be seamless. Hopefully Emusic will fix this, emailing them now.

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Unclassifiable Beauty

Brandenburg

Flying Lotus continues to push boundaries that few others even realize exist. If you want to hear the future of music now, do yourself a favor and listen to this. Read more at www.everythinginitswriteplace.wordpress.com

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Widescreen beat alchemy

clem-mcculloch

A psychedelic journey through musical history. Music created with instruments including but not limited to: harp, synths, an 808, a ping pong table and a drill but glued together with FlyLo's unerring ear for rhythm and some of the sickest bass lines of the last decade.

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Greatness

cottser

I took a chance on this, and boy am I glad. An aural journey of awesomeness. @selektor: I love Matthew Dear, and both this and Black City are in my top 10 of 2010, but honestly did you even listen to this album? This is a completely different beast.

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Overhyped

selektor

Matthew Dear did this 3 years ago... Good, but not groundbreaking.

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Lush & Beauteous

somnebulist

Some of the best psychedelic tunes to float up from the pipe in a time or two. Lucky for me I don't avoid things just because of their purported genre. hip-hop/R&B? Not even. Blip-hop is the closest I can get. This artist deserves better categorization & better exposure.

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Flying Lotus is always worth scoping...

Machina

...but I so wish he'd do more pieces like 'Zodiac Shit' and 'Nose Art'. Now THAT is emotionally affecting music worth every bit of gushing hyperbole, yet the loveliest (first) part of the former is over before it's properly got started. These tracks are begging for extended remixes.

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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. – Jason Lymangrover

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