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Flying Lotus: Until the Quiet Comes

Steven Ellison has toned things down since Cosmogramma, but his latest record can still “blow your head apart.”

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Welcome to “the sound of the future,” said Lucy Jones in NME.com. Known for his heady fusions of electronica, jazz, and instrumental hip-hop, Flying Lotus (aka producer Steven Ellison) has toned things down since 2010’s banging Cosmogramma. But this follow-up is still a record that can “blow your head apart.” Live instruments dominate, and a nod to Ellison’s jazz heritage—John Coltrane was a great-uncle—is “at its heart.” But “there are noises throughout that are like nothing you’ve heard before,” including monkey cries and celestial chimes. And yet this might be “the most accessible Flying Lotus release yet,” said Allison Stewart in The Washington Post. Ellison brought in some heavy hitters to lay down vocals, from Erykah Badu on “See Thru to U” to Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke, who makes a “wavery, ectoplasmic” appearance on “Electric Candyman.” A “3 a.m. comedown album,” Until the Quiet Comes is “both intimate and spacious.”

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