Flying Lotus, AKA California's Steven Ellison, was famous before his name ever appeared in music magazines. Of course, as the great nephew of Alice Coltrane, he could lay claim to a musical lineage that includes some of the best jazz records ever made.
As a commercial producer, his eccentric beats and blissed out future hip hop soundtracked the interstitials on The Cartoon Network's Adult Swim series of shows. But Ellison had ambitions beyond producing TV theme songs, and over a series of EPs and an album, Los Angeles, he quickly rocketed to the top of the electronic and avant hip hop scenes as one of the most promising new producers out there.
Ellison had ambitions beyond producing TV theme songs, and over a series of EPs and an album, Los Angeles, he quickly rocketed to the top of the electronic and avant hip hop scenes.
Flying Lotus is probably the best known practitioner of a genre that was dubbed by some reviewers "wonky," a collision of hip hop's rhythmic framework with the sonic experimentation of experimental electronic.
As practiced by producers ranging from Glasgow's Hudson Mohawke and Rustie to American artists like Ellison and Nosaj Thing, this kind of music seems to reflect the sensory overload of the internet age, bombarding the listener with a cascade of sounds that ebb, flow, stop and start seemingly at their own will. Think of it as extreme digital music produced in the most organic way possible.