Friday, May 17, 2013
Flying Lotus w/ Thundercat and Teebs
On record, Flying Lotus producer Steven Ellison favors the experimental, drawing from the more obtuse corners of J. Dilla’s playbook as he bends and stretches hip-hop to create alternatingly chilled-out and head-bobbing electronic suites. Because of that approach, critics have likened him to Radiohead—which seems logical enough, given that he’s collaborated with Thom Yorke—but on stage he can often seem more like a traditional DJ than a mind-bending experimentalist. His lively recent DJ sets have drawn heavily from his more upbeat material, while incorporating recent bangers from acts like Kanye West, Waka Flocka Flame and A$AP Rocky.