AOTY 2019

Flamagra

Flying Lotus - Flamagra
Critic Score
Based on 26 reviews
2019 Ratings: #192 / 604
Year End Rank: #48
User Score
Based on 686 ratings
2019 Ratings: #301
May 24, 2019 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
NME

The uniquely talented producer takes listeners on an exhilarating journey that unites both calm and chaos.

100
Highsnobiety

A delicately balanced mix of every genre and theme that has defined his work to date, all bound together in the flames.

100
Pretty Much Amazing

Highlights are everywhere if you give them time to reveal themselves.

90
Exclaim!

Across 27 songs — many of them lasting between a minute and two — Flamagra plays like a staggered daydream, where you occasionally return to consciousness, only to slip back into slumber soon after.

85
XLR8R

It’s sort of predictably unpredictable, twisting and turning in a way that’s unmistakably FlyLo. And that is the greatest compliment of all.

84
Resident Advisor

His latest LP, Flamagra, integrates everything in his oeuvre to date, showing how Ellison can swerve between lanes while still remaining in a vehicle easily identifiable as his.

84
Sputnikmusic

Flamagra may not channel the raw angst of his previous works, but it still enacts that crucial moment of recognition.

83
A.V. Club

If it all sounds vaporous at times, or even predictable to listeners long familiar with Flying Lotus’ sound, then at least it represents his growth into a full-fledged record producer, someone capable of straight-up great songwriting as well as engagingly electronic funk.

83
Consequence of Sound

The brilliant auras of sound and feeling swirl together to create moments of joy and tranquility; Flamagra is an experience that invites listeners to come together and listen to what that fire has to say.

80
Clash

‘Flamagra’ reminds us just how good Flying Lotus sounds when soundtracking transcendence.

80
Loud and Quiet

Sure, it might lack the more established themes of Until the Quiet Comes and You’re Dead! but while Flamagra doesn’t feel as defined, it feels more unencumbered, more uninhibited: Ellison unleashed.

80
The Independent

Flamagra – a playful yet melancholic, skittish yet meditative 67 minutes of cosmic genius – is one of Flying Lotus’s most accessible releases.

80
Tiny Mix Tapes

FlyLo draws on many of the cosmic jazz greats here ... His arrangements stay wondrous as usual, carrying a gravitas that hasn’t been present in his recent creative (see: non-musical) work.

80
DIY
It is well worth the price of admission if the listener is willing to hang on throughout all the twists and turns.
78
Pitchfork

On Steven Ellison’s sixth album, his sweeping jazz-funk feels limitless. It sounds more like a sketchbook with FlyLo crafting each minute with great care and technical dexterity.

75
Under The Radar

At a whopping 66:57, it's easy to get lost in Ellison's latest offering, and not in the dreamy, psychedelic manner of his previous, trimmer work.

70
The Line of Best Fit

Flamagra, like the man who made it, is an island of its own: often beautiful, sometimes baffling, totally inimitable.

70
AllMusic

Somewhere in here is a 40-minute program with greater impact. Getting to know the whole thing well enough to make a custom-contracted edition is worth the time.

70
musicOMH

He remains an inventive and interesting producer ... and there are significant patches of brilliance on Flamagra that make it a worthwhile listen.

70
The 405

With many high-profile features peppering Flying Lotus' wacked out futuristic jazz-funk on his newest release, it can sometimes feel as though Flamagra stumbles just when it's building up steam.

70
Spectrum Culture

Flamagra is a plotless behemoth that appeals less to the lizard brain than the part of the mind that likes getting lost in a maze of clues that may or may not add to something.

70
Uncut

Its moments of brilliance burn bright, but all the smoke obscures the quality.

60
The Guardian

Always known for Technicolor hip-hop odysseys, Flying Lotus has now gone fully cinematic. 

60
PopMatters

Flying Lotus' fifth album Flamagra contains plenty of strong material but ultimately lacks a unifying coherence.

50
The Needle Drop

Flamagra mostly sounds like a hodgepodge of ideas FlyLo has already explored on previous efforts, and what surprises it does bring are hit-and-miss.

40
The Observer

Flamagra is too considered, burdened, and what were once cosmic, mind-expanding polyrhythms come over as inconsequential and annoying.

Inglume
86
(update: Fantano single-handedly took away the MUST-HEAR label and brought the avg user score down to 78 and it's still decreasing. The Fantano Effect!)

I'm gonna be a good person and not listen to the leak
Those of you too tempted to wait another few days: cut your ears off, then glue them back on when it officially releases...

...Speaking of ears, Flying Lotus finally brings the 🔥 and drops over an hour of delicious ear candy! I don't know 'bout everyone else but I think this is my fav ... read more
exception
80
Worth the 4.5 year wait. Flying Lotus proves he can adapt as musical trends do, and puts out another auditory wonderland.
RakkSmells
93
Fire isn't just coming. It's already here. And it's amazing.

What a wonderland of just some of the most pleasing aesthetics and soundscapes to come out of 2019 so far. I was gonna give this something like a 6 or a 7/10 at the beginning of my second listen, but after listening it just clicked. This album just sounds like a massive collection of genres being mashed together and creating an entirely new universe. The features are excellent, the melodies are amazing, and the beats... well they hit ... read more
WhatTheFunk
80
Since he became famous in 2008 with his second record "Los Angeles", Flying Lotus has become the ambassador of the current glitch-hop and electronic jazz scene. It make other classic albums like "Cosmogramma" in 2010, "Until The Quiet Comes" in 2012 and "You're Dead!" in 2014 so that everyone is amazed by his fabulous production work. FlyLo is my favorite electronic producer of all time, he has nothing to prove, until this year he returns with ... read more
ElectricMess
65
Flamagra may be Flying Lotus' most ambitious album yet, but it's also his most frustrating.

There's a lot to love about Flamagra. There's no question that this is a much labored over record, and that Ellison put a great deal of passion into it. However, it seems like there are just so many different choices or details that keep me from enjoying Flamagra to the extent that I had hoped. A good example would be Burning Down the House. The groovy production and George Clinton's smooth feature ... read more
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Track List

  1. Heroes
  2. Post Requisite
  3. Heroes In a Half Shell
  4. More (feat. Anderson .Paak)
  5. Capillaries
  6. Burning Down the House (feat. George Clinton)
  7. Spontaneous (feat. Little Dragon)
  8. Takashi
  9. Pilgrim Side Eye
  10. All Spies
  11. Yellow Belly (feat. Tierra Whack)
  12. Black Balloons Reprise (feat. Denzel Curry)
  13. Fire Is Coming (feat. David Lynch)
  14. Inside Your Home
  15. Actually Virtual (feat. Shabazz Palaces)
  16. Andromeda
  17. Remind U
  18. Say Something
  19. Debbie Is Depressed
  20. Find Your Own Way Home
  21. The Climb (feat. Thundercat)
  22. Pygmy
  23. 9 Carrots (feat. Toro y Moi)
  24. Ff4
  25. Land of Honey (feat. Solange)
  26. Thank U Malcolm
  27. Hot Oct.
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