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The 40 Best Music Videos Of 2014

Next year, YouTube will celebrate its 10th anniversary. For nearly a decade, then, music videos have belonged almost entirely to the internet. Once upon a time, video directors made their work for TV, expecting you to run across their images when you were flipping through channels. By the time YouTube hit its second year, that… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 19, 2014 - 1:01 pm

The 50 Best Albums Of 2014

Music is a messy thing. There’s too much of it, too many genres, too many ideas, for anyone to make sense out of all of it — or even to hear all of it. The idea of imposing a narrative on 365 days of music, of making sense of a whole year, is a fool’… More »

By: Stereogum / December 2, 2014 - 9:39 am

Flying Lotus – “Masquatch” (Feat. DOOM)

Following the Krayzie Bone-featuring “Medication Meditation,” Flying Lotus has shared another collab that appears on FlyLo FM, an in-game radio station in the relaunched next-gen edition of Grand Theft Auto V. The short but sweet “Masquatch” — which seems to be a portmanteau of “mask” and “Sasquatch” — finds DOOM’s signature rasp riding atop a… More »

By: Peter Helman / November 20, 2014 - 6:00 pm

Flying Lotus – “Medication Meditation” (Feat. Krayzie Bone)

Flying Lotus has shared one of the new tracks that appears on his FlyLo FM station on the new next-gen edition of Grand Theft Auto V. It’s a dark alley banger of a track called “Medication Meditation” and features rapping from Krayzie Bone and bass playing courtesy of Thundercat. After the jazz-heavy influence on You’reMore »

By: James Rettig / November 18, 2014 - 6:59 pm

New Flying Lotus, Danny Brown, Action Bronson Songs Included In Relaunched Grand Theft Auto V

The Grand Theft Auto games are known for their awesome soundtracks, and Rockstar Games has announced the tracklists for each of the game’s 17 radio stations that will appear in the re-release of the fifth iteration of the game that’s coming out on next-gen consoles Xbox One and Playstation 4 tomorrow (and PC early next… More »

By: James Rettig / November 17, 2014 - 6:40 pm

Hear Kendrick Lamar’s Unreleased Verse From Flying Lotus’ “Eyes Above”

For his new album You’re Dead!, the L.A. beat warper Flying Lotus roped in Kendrick Lamar to rap on the dazzling single “Never Catch Me.” But that wasn’t the only track that the two recorded. Lamar also recorded a verse for “Eyes Above,” a track that FlyLo recorded with FKA twigs and Niki Randa. I… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 14, 2014 - 10:24 am

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

I don’t know if it’s some combination of Halloween sugar-hangover and Republican-Senate-takeover anxiety or what, but there are some dark and strange and intense visions on this week’s list. Every single one of the five videos below has the power to make you at least a tiny bit queasy. So take a deep breath and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 7, 2014 - 2:02 pm

Flying Lotus – “Ready Err Not” Video (NSFW)

Flying Lotus follows up the instant-classic “Never Catch Me” with another fantastic video for “Ready Err Not” that takes his new album’s obsession with death to gruesome ends. Directed and animated by David Firth (best known for the webseries Salad Fingers), it stars a lot of creepy-crawlies and spooky man-babies whose intestines always seem to… More »

By: James Rettig / October 31, 2014 - 9:03 am

Flying Lotus Really Wanted To Be On Yeezus, Hints At Thom Yorke Collaboration

You’re Dead!, the morbid new jazz-fusion odyssey from Flying Lotus, comes out tomorrow, and the album has cameos from rap stars Kendrick Lamar and Snoop Dogg. But apparently, FlyLo really, really wants to work with one guy, one who won’t return his calls. You will probably not be surprised to learn that Kanye West i… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 6, 2014 - 9:24 am

Premature Evaluation: Flying Lotus You’re Dead!

Full disclosure: I am not exactly well-versed in the deep, labyrinthine history of jazz music. Sure, I know my Mingus from my Monk, my Coltrane from my Coleman, but I can’t speak on the lineage of Blue Note Records or tell you which tiny, smoke-filled New York clubs were “the place to be” for jazz… More »

By: Patric Fallon / October 3, 2014 - 4:59 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Some list-nerd stuff, before we begin. A$AP Rocky’s Karl Lagerfeld’s The Warriors video for “Multiply” dropped at midnight last night, which means it technically came out this morning. Since this list covers Friday to the following Thursday, that means it wasn’t eligible. It would’ve probably made the list, too. Maybe next week, Rocky! Thom Yorke’… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 3, 2014 - 4:20 pm

Q&A: Flying Lotus On Death, Grand Theft Auto, And Closing A Chapter With You’re Dead!

Steven Ellison isn’t the biggest fan of heights. We’re standing on a fire escape, and then a rooftop, in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, which is cloaked in a gray, near-autumnal haze. Ellison’s movements are never particularly fast — he walks around as if he’s checking in with each piece of ground just a bit more than the… More »

By: Ryan Leas / October 2, 2014 - 12:42 pm

Flying Lotus – “Never Catch Me” (Feat. Kendrick Lamar) Video

The Flying Lotus/Kendrick Lamar collab “Never Catch Me” is one of the highlights from FlyLo’s upcoming album You’re Dead, and now it has a great video to go along with it. The Hiro Murai-directed clip follows two kids who start off by jumping out of their coffins at a funeral and launching into an rapturou… More »

By: James Rettig / October 1, 2014 - 8:28 pm

Hear Six New Flying Lotus Songs In A Short Film Starring Noomi Rapace

Flying Lotus scored a new short film by British artist and designer Aitor Throup, which debuted over on Nowness earlier today. It’s a portrait of Swedish actor Noomi Rapace (probably best known for her role in Prometheus) that “not only depicts a three-dimensional portrait of Rapace being intricately sculpted but also acts as a portrait… More »

By: James Rettig / September 29, 2014 - 1:10 pm

Pharrell Didn’t Guest On Flying Lotus’ You’re Dead Because He Didn’t Want To Die

The forthcoming Flying Lotus album You’re Dead! has some impressively big-name guests, like Kendrick Lamar on “Never Catch Me” and Herbie Hancock on “Moment Of Hesitation.” But the album also has a sort of amorphous, generalized death theme, perhaps best expressed by the fucking badass art that FlyLo commissioned for each of the album’s tracks. More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 24, 2014 - 2:51 pm

Flying Lotus – “Coronus, The Terminator”

Spaced-out astral traveler Flying Lotus is preparing to unleash his new album You’re Dead! upon the world, and he’s already shared two of the album’s superstar collaborations: “Moment Of Hesitation,” with Herbie Hancock and Thundercat, and “Never Catch Me,” with Kendrick Lamar. Today, we get to hear a song that doesn’t have a big-name guest,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 18, 2014 - 11:23 am

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

This week brought a small avalanche of new songs from big-ticket names. And four of the tracks that made our list of the 5 Best Songs Of The Week come from such artists — it easily could have been a full five-for-five if we weren’t divided on the new Iceage single … or the new… More »

By: Stereogum / September 5, 2014 - 5:17 pm

Flying Lotus – “Never Catch Me” (Feat. Kendrick Lamar)

The spaced-out production guru Flying Lotus has lined up some big names to guest on his forthcoming album You’re Dead!, and we’ve already heard what happens when Herbie Hancock jumps on a track with him and Thundercat. But the most immediately intriguing track on the You’re Dead! tracklist was always “Never Catch Me,” which unite… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 3, 2014 - 8:07 am

Stereogum’s 9 Favorite Sets From FYF Fest 2014

Los Angeles’ FYF Fest was one of the more stylistically diverse festivals of the year. Its lineup blended major headliners (Phoenix, the Strokes, HAIM) with some of the best electronic musicians in the world (Flying Lotus, Todd Terje, Four Tet), and managed to throw in some choice heavier stuff (Boris, Deafheaven), hip-hop (Earl Sweatshirt, Ru… More »

By: Miles Bowe / August 25, 2014 - 2:32 pm

Flying Lotus – “Moment Of Hesitation” (Feat. Herbie Hancock & Thundercat)

Flying Lotus shared the first track from his new album You’re Dead! on BBC Radio 6 today. It’s called “Moment of Hesitation” and features Herbie Hancock and Thundercat. He also was interviewed by Gilles Peterson and talks about the new album, which he says started off as a jazz record, his excitement over moving over… More »

By: James Rettig / August 23, 2014 - 3:36 pm