Flying Lotus releases killer new album

Electronic/avant-garde/hip-hop/jazz producer Steven Ellison’s latest record under the moniker Flying Lotus, You’re Dead, is kaleidoscopic journey beyond termination. In a brief 38 minutes, he manages to conjure bottomless, ethereal sonic landscapes that transport you to a dark world of fear, wonder, Kendrick Lamar, Herbie Hancock and Snoop Dogg.

As he often does, Ellison chooses to create these dense thickets of sound with a little help from his friends. This includes the aforementioned legends as well as Thundercat of Suicidal Tendencies, Angel Deradoorian of Dirty Projectors, frequent “FlyLo” collaborator Niki Randa and Ellison’s rapper alter-ego Captain Murphy, among others.

You’re Dead doesn’t just “beat a dead horse” but takes the age-old artistic concept of mortality and puts it into an entirely different context: a sort of gleeful, celebratory wormhole into the afterlife, a la some demon hybrid of Sun Ra’s intergalactic jazz and J Dilla’s visionary hip-hop production techniques.

You’re Dead is guaranteed to be the happiest album about death you’ll hear this year, and it’s been released just in time to be disk-jockeyed at your upcoming psychedelic Halloween rave party.