Do The Astral Plane
Label: Warp Records
The follow-up to Flying Lotus' breakout album, Los Angeles, finds the L.A. producer making serious headway with his inimitable style. Running the Brainfeeder label and signing to Warp have made him an ambassador for the "beat music" scene, but barring his obvious ties to hip-hop and left-field club music, no one else sounds like him. Splattered with astral jazz and electro-funk, FlyLo's mostly instrumental tracks harness an array of crusty breakbeats and luminous timbres into music at once psychedelic and profoundly grounded: no-nonsense funk united with truly experimental sonics.