Flying Lotus – Coronus, The Terminator
Previously – YOU’RE DEAD!
Nevermind about me being in New York right now, I just discovered this and felt like it would be relevant to share given this recent post as well as the previous stuff I’ve posted about Flying Lotus’s music with rappers on it. I never thought I’d hear Flying Lotus remix a Lil’ Wayne song, but given the fact that he just made a song with Earl Sweatshirt, maybe I shouldn’t be surprised. And in hindsight, the Wayne songs he chose actually make perfect sense for his style. This one’s the relevant one to the Part One of this post,
Lil’ Wayne – I Feel Like Dying (Flying Lotus Remix)
but I think I enjoy listening to this one a little more.
Lil’ Wayne – A Milli (Robo Tussin) (Flying Lotus Remix)
I think the music video is one of my favorite art forms. It’s short enough to where you don’t necessarily need a story, but it’s still possible to tell one if you really want to, it can portray the sounds of the song in a way your imagination wasn’t able to and make you like songs that you never would just listening to them, and a lot of times it can help serve as an analogous experience to the phenomenon I talk about in this post where your enjoyment of a musical performance is enhanced by watching it being performed.
I keep up with music videos of artists I like as best I can, but every now and then one slips under my radar and I don’t learn about it until much later. That happened this morning, and I’m so glad this video finally made it to me.
Flying Lotus – Zodiac Shit
I guess that video’s been around for like a year and a half and I just never noticed, somehow. And I especially like Flying Lotus’s videos, they’re some of the most original ones being made right now, in my opinion.
Flying Lotus – MmmHmm
Flying Lotus – Tea Leaf Dancers
Flying Lotus – Kill Your Co-Workers
Lately, he’s even been dabbling in directing some other peoples’ videos as well, very successfully in my opinion.
Erykah Badu – Gone Baby, Don’t Be Long
Bilal – Levels
I feel like if there’s one common thread to all these videos, it’s that they all have equal parts of the past, present, and future all mixed together but blended beautifully, and that’s one of the things I like about his music as well, it’s somehow futuristic and familiar at the same time. And just in case you need one more layer of abstraction and time warp added to his music, don’t forget about Cosmogramma (chopped & screwed) on the MIXAPES page, this might be a great time to revisit that one, or check it out for the first time if you haven’t had a chance! It don’t cost nothin’!
Here’s another one Amber put me on a few weeks back; chalk this up as another one I never thought I’d hear the original music to, but now I have thanks to her. Leave it to Dilla to hear this track and be like “I’m gonna make a badass hip hop song out of this.” What the hell.
Neil Innes & Son – Come On Feel the Noize
J Dilla – Wild
Oh, and as a little bonus (and so I can say I did at least A LITTLE work on this post), check out this sweet remix with some Flying Lotus beats in the background!
You should probably know by my decision to completely remix Cosmogramma (chopped & screwed style) a while back that I’m a big fan of what Flying Lotus is all about. I feel like he can really delicately skate that line between electronic music and hip-hop, and in the process kinda transcend both of them, it’s really awesome. So far he’s mostly been rockin things instrumental style though, there are usually only a couple cuts per album that will feature a vocalist, and he’s actually leaned more towards singers than rappers thus far.
But there have been a couple tracks (one came out about a year ago, the other one just earlier today) that he’s done with a rapper named Blu that I think are really excellent, and I’ve got my fingers crossed that they’ll have more material in the future, because I feel like it takes a certain kind of rapper to keep up with that Flying Lotus sound, and I haven’t heard anybody do it as good as Blu does so far. Keep it up, fellas!
Blu – BLU-BNG
Blu – D O I N N O T H I N’ (feat. U-God)
Today at work Matt was playing some Flying Lotus, and the track “Testament” came on, one of the few tracks on the album with vocals, in this case done by this dude named Gonjasufi. I love that song, and it reminded me of the lone Gonjasufi album that came out a little while later called A Sufi And A Killer which I also really love. Me and Matt talked for a little bit about him, and how we wish he had more music because he’s so cool, but he’s just got that one album so far. So I was thinking about all that and I was going to post up a song or a video or something of his in case y’all needed a reminder that this dude is really cool.
In the process, I learned something very surprising. Turns out his real name is Sumach Ecks (yeah, Ecks! Isn’t that crazy, Amber?) and he’s put out not one but FOUR albums under the name Sumach that I was completely unaware of. Another site said he also goes by Randy Johnson, but I wasn’t able to track down any recordings to back up that claim. I was able to get my hands on all those Sumach albums though, so I’ll be sifting through those over the next few days and hopefully I can post a couple of my favorites to you all so you can be part of this little exploration I’m on. Exciting!
I will go ahead and follow through on my original intention of posting up a few videos from A Sufi And A Killer though. Seems like he didn’t go to the trouble to get any official videos made (except for a couple little snippet preview video kinda things) but I was able to uncover a few pretty cool fan-made videos that are about as diverse in style as the music that goes with em. Hope you all enjoy, and stay tuned for part 2 where hopefully I will have discovered some beautiful lost gems from the Sumach catalog. Until then…
Gonjasufi – Duet
Gonjasufi – Holidays