Flylo's label Brainfeeder and the energy from Los Angeles' beat scene laid the foundations for Syndicate and influenced a lot of what we have tried to achieve here in Singapore during our early years of formation. For the past two albums, Flylo has been diving more into his jazz roots and sewn in the seeds for a renaissance of jazz music. I'm not an obsessive jazz fan, but I do appreciate the genre and the experimental side of it which Flylo has been championing.
I've begun the playlist with GNG BNG, a cut from the album, Los Angeles, one that gained him a larger worldwide audience. It showcased the sound that was synonymous with the LA beat scene of that time. Spacing things out is a cut from BADBADNOTGOOD. Although they don't have any collaborations with FlyLo that I know of, they sit in the current cross section of sound that FlyLo is on now, which borders on jazz, hiphop and electronic music. We carry on this journey with a cut from Thundercat featuring Flying lotus and Kamasi Washington. The samurai-themed music video for this was just incredible, go watch it! Next we have the cut featuring Kendrick Lamar, Never Catch Me, whose video bagged the MTV Music Video Award for Best Cinematography.
To close is a new track R2 Where R U, which was featured on the Rick Rubin-produced Star Wars Headspace compilation, featuring production from top dance music artists paired with sound effects and dialogue drawn from the sci-fi film franchise. With this, we see FlyLo returning to a more hip hop style.
Flying Lotus will be performing on 26 May at Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre Hall 606. For tickets, click here.