This review originally appeared at Chartattack.com
Los Angeles-based DJ/producer Flying Lotus didn’t just deliver one of the best records of the year with Cosmogramma. He created the mile-marker by which instrumental hip-hop will be judged for the next 10 years.
Although we’re still all grappling with that record’s brilliance, Pattern+Grid World seems like FlyLo’s way of saying he’s over it. Its seven tracks were written and recorded immediately following completion of Cosmogramma, but rather than coming off as a collection of tracks that didn’t make the final cut for the LP, Pattern+Grid World is yet another step forward.
The disc is made more for head-bopping than chin-scratching, and each song stands on its own, like a series of 12-inch A-sides with their own flavour. While Cosmogramma emphasized textures over beats, songs like the playful “Kill Your Co-Workers” offer a more visceral approach while still keeping the cinematic quality that pervades FlyLo’s best work. These “extra” tracks are far more than leftovers, and best pretty much anything else that came out this year.
“Kill Your Co-Workers”