Flying Lotus has announced his first album in nearly five years. The You’re Dead! follow-up is titled Flamagra and due to hit shelves May 24th through Warp Records.
The forthcoming effort spans a very generous 27 tracks, and boasts a long list of prominent collaborators, new and old. David Lynch, George Clinton, Thundercat, Anderson .Paak, Solange, and Shabazz Palaces make appearances on the LP, as do Toro y Moi, Tierra Whack, Little Dragon, and Denzel Curry.
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With a varied guest list and the guidance of Flying Lotus, it should come as no surprise that Flamagra draws on hip-hop, funk, soul, jazz, global dance music, and even IDM. A press release describes it as perhaps “the definitive” FlyLo record, “an astral afro-futurist masterpiece of deep soul, cosmic dust, and startling originality.”
In a statement, FlyLo (né Steven Ellison) talked about the role of fire in his vision for the new album:
“I’d been working on stuff for the past five years, but it was always all over the place. I’d always had this thematic idea in mind — a lingering concept about fire, an eternal flame sitting on a hill. Some people love it, some people hate it. Some people would go on dates there and some people would burn love letters in the fire.”
As a first listen of the LP, FlyLo has shared “Fire is Coming”, his collaboration with Lynch. The song is definitely not a Game of Thrones pun, though its FlyLo-directed video features rabid children and Lynch dressed up as some kind of canine storyteller/soothsayer. You’ll have to see it for yourself.
Check it out below, followed by the album artwork and tracklist.
02. Post Requisite
03. Heroes In A Half Shell
04. More feat. Anderson .Paak
06. Burning Down The House feat. George Clinton
07. Spontaneous feat. Little Dragon
09. Pilgrim Side Eye
10. All Spies
11. Yellow Belly feat. Tierra Whack
12. Black Balloons Reprise feat. Denzel Curry
13. Fire Is Coming feat. David Lynch
14. Inside Your Home
15. Actually Virtual feat. Shabazz Palaces
17. Remind U
18. Say Something
19. Debbie Is Depressed
20. Find Your Own Way Home
21. The Climb feat. Thundercat
23. 9 Carrots feat. Toro y Moi
25. Land Of Honey feat. Solange
26. Thank U Malcolm
27. Hot Oct.
In the time since the release of You’re Dead!, FlyLo has contributed extensively to Kendrick Lamar’s masterful To Pimp a Butterfly and Thundercat’s Drunk record. He also helmed the acclaimed horror feature Kuso.
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