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Flying Lotus Los Angeles

One sign of a great beatsmith is when his compositions inspire you to forget about any daily stress and just get lifted away. Such is the case with Flying Lotus and his absorbing sophomore LP (and first for Warp), Los Angeles. There’s little doubt that trendy clothing chains will be using this stellar album for background music, but these instrumentals represent true forward-thinking headphone hip-hop with the off-kilter yet sturdy drums, a wide range of collaged cosmic samples, and just enough silky vocal contributions. Flying Lotus is best here at creating celestial sounds (“Beginners Falafel,” “Golden Diva”) though when he opts to crank up the bpms up and get glitchy (“GNG BNG”) he doesn’t disappoint.

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