Graham Reid | | 1 min read
From time to time Elsewhere will single out a recent release we recommend on vinyl, like this one (which comes with a download code).
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Given what we said about the last Flying Lotus which crossed our path – that the instrumental album of Flamagra was more satisfying than the original version with its heavy guests list – this one was going to attract our attention.
Although this is the music to a Netflix anime series of the same name these mostly atmospheric pieces – 26 of them, all but a few under two minutes – you needn't have seen the six episodes (about a samurai of African descent apparently) to get into these moods where traditional Japanese instruments occupy the same musical and emotional space as electronics, a smidgen of African percussion and swooning basslines.
Hiding in the Shadows features an ethereal vocal by Niki Randa (she's back to lesser effect on Between Memories) and there's a short rap by Denzel Curry on African Samurai, but all the rest are discrete pieces which exist independently of the images and have reference points in everything from Seventies jazz-fusion, deep funk, a bit of Kitaro ambient evocation and strident electronica.
After the Flamagra instrumentals, this seems a logical step if Flying Lotus' music and production is something you want to follow.
You can hear this on Spotify here but it is also available now on limited edition vinyl through your favourite record store (and is distributed by Border out of Auckland)