RECOMMENDED RECORD: Flying Lotus: Yasuke (Border/ digital outlets)

 |   |  1 min read

RECOMMENDED RECORD: Flying Lotus: Yasuke (Border/ digital outlets)

From time to time Elsewhere will single out a recent release we recommend on vinyl, like this one (which comes with a download code).

Check out Elsewhere's other Recommended Record picks . . .

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)


Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Music at Elsewhere articles index

THE BEST OF ELSEWHERE 2012: READERS' CHOICES

THE BEST OF ELSEWHERE 2012: READERS' CHOICES

That time of year again folks when Elsewhere invites you to name one or two – or three or four -- albums which shook your tree during 2012. Elsewhere tried to keep up with the game and... > Read more

Baauer: Planet's Mad (LuckyMe/digital outlets)

Baauer: Planet's Mad (LuckyMe/digital outlets)

Well, this London-based producer and big-beat DJ gets things right with the title of his second album at least. But much as this might benefit from being played loud for the thumping beats to... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

THE BARGAIN BUY: Various Artists . . . Pure, Guitar Legends

THE BARGAIN BUY: Various Artists . . . Pure, Guitar Legends

It's not because I was born in Scotland that I like a bargain, it just that . . . I like a bargain, as I think most people do. So when I see four CD set -- like this one -- at a ridiculously... > Read more

The Scavengers; The Scavengers (2003 vinyl issue of '78 sessions)

The Scavengers; The Scavengers (2003 vinyl issue of '78 sessions)

We all have musical moments written into our autobiographies. The emblems afterwards -- the album, concert ticket or scar beneath the eye -- are inadequate to convey the emotion you experienced,... > Read more