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Flying Lotus to play in Asheville this week

by Beckett Bathanti – [email protected] – Sports Editor
Next Wednesday, Los Angeles-based producer Flying Lotus will bring his distinct style of glitchy, spacious thump to the Orange Peel.
Born Steven Ellison, Flying Lotus has released four albums, with his most recent,Until the Quiet Comes, released in September 2012. Until the Quiet Comesgarnered Flying Lotus not only the critical acclaim that has accompanied all of his albums, but also his highest peaking spot on the Billboard Independent Releases Chart, at No. 7.

In addition to being his highest-charting album to date, Until the Quiet Comes is also Flying Lotus’ strangest album.

Following his 2010 opus, Cosmogramma, an album packed full of dense sounds and intricate layers, Flying Lotus chose to open things up and create an album of free, but no less intricate, experimental jazz.

Flying Lotus’ music is undeniably excellent, and often gorgeous, but not necessarily what one might get down to. More conducive to headphone play or stoned night drives, his albums sometimes drift and border on experimental tedium.

And Flying Lotus seems to realize this. His live shows tend to shy away from his most freeform numbers and embrace the aggressive glitch bangers from his catalog along with his bevy of remixes. His affinity for hip-hop is also often on full display. At a show in Washington, D.C., in October, he mixed in Waka Flocka Flame, A$AP Rocky and Kanye West’s ubiquitous “Mercy.”
His love for hip-hop runs deeper than simply throwing rap hits into his set. Five months ago, Flying Lotus revealed he was the man behind the well-receivedDuality mixtape released by a mysterious rapper calling himself “Captain Murphy.”

A somewhat impenetrable album, Duality shared the same charming, brilliant weirdness that Ellison exhibits as Flying Lotus.

Fresh off of a role as DJ for Earl Sweatshirt at Coachella, it is doubtful Captain Murphy will make an appearance next Wednesday, but Flying Lotus clearly has hip-hop on the brain.

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