- Cosmogramma

Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma
CRITIC SCORE
86
Based on 27 reviews
2010 Rank: #10 / 786
USER SCORE
85
Based on
181 ratings

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90
PopMatters

Steven Ellison, aka Flying Lotus, has covered an awful lot of ground in a short period of time. Like many other people, I first happened across his music during late night channel surfing. Many of Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim commercial bumps have been scored by his music since 2006, but it wasn’t long before his snippets took fuller forms, and connections with artists like J Dilla and the Stones Throw roster opened the door for his debut, 1983, that same year. With the follow-up, 2008’s Los Angeles, Flying Lotus took large strides towards becoming the face of Los Angeles’ burgeoning ‘beat generation’ scene. At the very least, much like Black Milk, he had

stepped out from the shadow of J Dilla and become his own entity.

80
Drowned in Sound

To paraphrase Joseph Goebbels, when I hear the words 'space opera' I reach for my revolver. Or perhaps, given the way in which Flying Lotus reflects a modern vision of the same combined spiritual ritual and synapse-frying freak-out expressed by Parliament-Funkadelic, the weapon of choice should be a bop gun. It’s staying holstered, though: while in science fiction the term denotes melodramatic claptrap, and its musical relation the rock opera is always melodramatic claptrap, FlyLo’s so self-described third album is a serious proposition. In fact, for over half its length it’s masterful.

User Reviews
Nov 4, 2015
exception
87
God this album is majestic. one of the best electronic albums ever.
Oct 31, 2015
Sorrugis
87
Love the diverse instrumentation on this album. Though I feel that the first three tracks are a bit out of place, the record as a whole is exciting from start to finish and is a big step up from FlyLo's first two full-length releases.

Loved: Zodiac Shit, Computer Face//Pure Being, Mmmhmm, Do The Astral Plane, Table Tennis, Galaxy In Janaki
Liked: Pickled!, Nose Art, Intro//A Cosmic Drama, And The World Laughs With You, German Haircut, Recoiled, Dance Of The Pseudo Nymph, Drips//Auntie's ... read more
Oct 22, 2015
DEEPSLEEP
94
video game sound effect orgy
Sep 18, 2015
hemyge
85
Fav tracks: Clock Catcher, Zodiac Shit, ...And the World Laughs With You, Do the Astral Plane
Jul 4, 2015
SiberianBreaks
79
Instead of urban-style beats, 'Cosmogramma' gives us some completely fresh and otherworldly beats here along with a noticeable jazz influence. Especially with this album, the sound design is masterful.

Favourite tracks: Pickled!, Do the Astral Plane, Drips//Auntie's Harp
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END OF YEAR LISTS
# 22 - A.V. Club
# 8 - Consequence of Sound
# 21 - Drowned in Sound
# 15 - No Ripcord
# 5 - One Thirty BPM
# 49 - Paste
# 14 - Pitchfork
# 3 - PopMatters
# 10 - Prefix
# 18 - Pretty Much Amazing
# 20 - Rhapsody SoundBoard
# 18 - Slant
# 19 - Stereogum
# 4 - Tiny Mix Tapes
# 30 - Uncut
Track List
  1. Clock Catcher
  2. Pickled!
  3. Nose Art
  4. Intro//A Cosmic Drama
  5. Zodiac Shit
  6. Computer Face//Pure Being 
  7. And The World Laughs With You (feat. Thom Yorke) 
  8. Arkestry
  9. MmmHmm (feat. Thundercat)
  10. Do the Astral Plane 
  11. Satelllliiiiiteee 
  12. German Haircut 
  13. Recoiled
  14. Dance of the Pseudo Nymph
  15. Drips//Auntie's Harp
  16. Table Tennis (feat. Laura Darlington)
  17. Galaxy in Janaki

 

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