Flying Lotus - You're Dead!
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Based on 35 reviews
2014 Ratings: #14 / 845
Year End Rank: #9
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Based on 551 ratings
2014 Ratings: #18
October 7, 2014 / Release Date
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The Guardian

There’s always been a sense that Ellison was stretching for a new musical vernacular, one that would continue the lineage of free jazz. This album suggests he might have found it.

The 405

This record is a wholly singular work; not only does it defy expectations of what a Flying Lotus album should sound like, it totally obliterates any preconceptions about what can be released by a remotely popular contemporary musician.

A.V. Club

Part of his appeal is his reverence for the album as a format—big-name guests emerge as merely part of a scene—and You’re Dead! is his most confidently structured work yet. 

Pretty Much Amazing

You’re Dead! is a near-flawless examination of death as narrated by a virtuosic musician who has been exposed to a little too much of it.


Excitingly new yet classically evocative, You're Dead! is contemplative but never boring, an example of genre cross-pollination that transcends novelty and, occasionally, time and space as well.


Its flow is even more liquid than that of Until the Quiet Comes, though the sounds are more jagged and free, with roots deeper in jazz.


The fact that Ellison squeezes 19 tracks into a brutally concise 38 minutes gives some indication of how wide ranging and tempestuous it is. At times it is wildly celebratory but it veers very suddenly into abrasive and radical territory.


The elements of jazz, hip-hop, and IDM blend together to create a soundscape that is anomalously captivating. Made up of 19 tracks that cover less than 40 minutes, You’re Dead! powers ahead at a quick pace, never dwelling on any one sound for too long.

Drowned in Sound

The album flourishes during these moments of warmth. It's what the man does best. Too often electronic music has no soul, but this has never been an issue for Flying Lotus

Northern Transmissions

The nods to free and soul-jazz are as present as always, but this time their delivery feels more like a real, live band than a rearranging/processing of samples.

The Line of Best Fit

A 38 minute journey more complex and original than anything he’s released before it. 


It's far and away the most free-ranging FlyLo album to date. And yet the album doesn't sprawl out of control, maybe because it doesn't really have the time to: the whole record clocks in at just over 38 minutes, all jolts of sound and quick bursts of motifs. 

The Skinny

It’s when Lamar and Snoop arrive on Never Catch Me and Dead Man’s Tetris that things get weird, double speed turning to half, free-form jazz segments appearing and dissipating. It’s fragmented and yet, as ever, seems to make total sense.


If scientists inspected half of this album, they’d probably find traces of psychedelics that’ll be introduced to mind-expanders fifty years in the future.


’You’re Dead’ is a madly inventive record, one that takes hip-hop and jazz as starting points, beats them both to death and then brings them back to life in an almost unrecognisable form.

Resident Advisor

The lines between jazz and Ellison's more traditional beats are blurred almost beyond distinction, encouraging you to hear it as a whole and revel in its dizzying ambiance.


The genius of Flying Lotus, which has been invariably present throughout his preceding releases, but most especially on You’re Dead!, is that he has an incredible ability to both illustrate and extract exceptional amounts of emotion, without saying much at all.

Under The Radar

These disparate elements, influences, and guests could have made a mess of an ambitious album, but instead You're Dead! turns out to be Flying Lotus' best yet.


One of the most accomplished releases of the year, You’re Dead! embraces the uncertain, celebrates fear, and induces a meditative consciousness that’s hard to shake after listening.

Rolling Stone

On the L.A. artist's fifth Flying Lotus set ... Ellison makes the boldest, most fully engaged fusion of the hip-hop-laptop era.

Slant Magazine

On a palette as cluttered with ideas and guest stars as this, maintaining thematic focus could have, in lesser hands, been tricky.

Wondering Sound

While it begins with an exclamation point, You’re Dead! ultimately wonders what happens to our souls after we die, and imagines a journey that continues long after our untimely demises.

Loud and Quiet

It’s a risky desire to create albums that, if dismantled down to their individual components, rarely make standalone sense, but it’s a bravery that’s consistently rewarded.


Fans searching for club bangers should U-turn now. Once again LA’s most talented beat producer is using his vivid heritage to explore the album format.


This panoramic attempt to make sense of life’s one certainty beyond taxes flutters far above the digital static of 2008’s breakthrough Los Angeles into twisted, ethereal jazz territory.

NOW Magazine

FlyLo's unique beat-based blend of laptop sounds, hip-hop and technically impressive jazz is executed, as always, with a light touch. The tracks ebb and flow, cluster and breathe, and eschew any kind of verse/chorus formula.

Crack Magazine

With his fifth LP You’re Dead, we’re now experiencing pure, unadulterated Flying Lotus. Quite an experience it is too.


Save for a few stretches of inconsistent detours, You're Dead! is another reliable entry into the canon of one of the most brazen and forward-thinking producers out there. Though not a defining work, it's still a mark of excellence

Consequence of Sound

The album works best as a single, unified listen, the instrumental stretches inspiring just as many shivers as the Kendrick and Snoop Dogg features (if not more).

Tiny Mix Tapes

You’re Dead! sees FlyLo enter his weirdest phase yet: impatient, irreverent, dangerous, with the confidence to not only try new things but to also fail and keep trying.

FACT Magazine

As impressive as this sort of music is as a straight technical accomplishment, I hope I’m not alone when I say that I find it all a bit aimless in the long term. Still, You’re Dead! finds ways to keep things pumping.


For an LP about the infinite unknown, it isn't that meditative or self-aware. 

FlyLo's delivers his most ambitious album to date, with a large variety of sounds across multiple genres, although the album is primarily focused on jazz fusion. With 19 tracks in only 38 minutes, FlyLo does a great job of moving between sounds to give the album a very chaotic feeling, but at the same time feel very fluid with the structuring of the album. The only instance of the album order I didn't like was the transition between Never Catch Me and Dead Man's Tetris; I understand what he ... read more
An absolute favorite of mine. Flying Lotus 2014 record You're dead!" manages to push boundaries of a mix between electronic and jazz fusion making it one of the most captivating and ambitious records to date in years.
This is definitely the most cohesive FlyLo album to me, I feel like his other works while great, can feel a lot like a fun collection of eclectic beats to enjoy whereas You're Dead to me reads a little more like a crafted, body of work you're supposed to experience in one sitting. His fusions of hip-hop, jazz and IDM are more potent and exciting than ever on You're Dead and this album undeniably contains some of his most impressive and ambitious compositions yet. A few songs on here are a ... read more
'Never Catch Me' & 'Coronus, the Terminator' opened a door for me, musically. I never listened to music the same and it's all because of these two songs.

The album is truly a treat and takes jazz fusion to another level while making the music exciting and entertaining.

Edit: I owe this album a lot
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Track List

  1. Theme
  2. Tesla [ft. Herbie Hancock]
  3. Cold Dead
  4. Fkn Dead
  5. Never Catch Me [ft. Kendrick Lamar]
  6. Dead Man's Tetris [ft. Snoop Dogg and Captain Murphy]
  7. Turkey Dog Coma
  8. Stirring
  9. Coronus, the Terminator
  10. Siren Song [ft. Angel Deradoorian]
  11. Turtles
  12. Ready Err Not
  13. Eyes Above
  14. Moment of Hesitation [ft. Herbie Hancock]
  15. Descent Into Madness [ft. Thundercat]
  16. The Boys Who Died in Their Sleep [ft. Captain Murphy]
  17. Obligatory Cadence
  18. Your Potential / The Beyond [ft. Niki Randa]
  19. The Protest
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Added on: July 22, 2014