Flying Lotus – You’re Dead

With an ambitious list of collaborators–HERBIE HANCOCK, YAY–Flying Lotus drops one of his most lively and straightforward albums yet.

Flying Lotus – “Coronus, The Terminator”

As October 7th inches closer, the more psyched I’m getting for the next Flying Lotus release, You’re Dead! I really enjoyed the track FlyLo dropped with Kendrick Lamar, but this new cut titled “Coronus, The Terminator” has an entirely different vibe to it.

The groove of this song comes on slowly, and there are some stunningly beautiful group vocals that grow in emotional intensity as the song draws on. In a way, it reminds me a bit of the strange stuff Cee-Lo used to dabble in on releases like his debut LP–but way more slow and dramatic, of course.

Given the track falls just short of three minutes, it’s not exactly an immense experience on its own, but FlyLo’s never been huge on the whole single thing anyway. Surely, this will be track that is complimented by the context of the record it’s placed on, and I’m looking forward to hear how it’s all pulled together this October.

Flying Lotus – “Never Catch Me” ft. Kendrick Lamar

*THIS IS A POWER 106 WORLD PREMIERE* So You’re Dead!‘s much-hyped Kendrick Lamar feature has been unveiled and it’s just as *LA LEAKERS* stellar as you could have hoped. There was certainly no doubt in my mind that K.Dot would kill it over FlyLo’s alternately *AIR HORN* frenetic and smooth, jazzy production. Now I’m actually kind of glad Kendrick took all his beats, even if *LA LEAKERS* it has resulted in the next Captain Murphy album getting put on hold. I’d really be down for *AIR HORN* a whole album of this. Listen above and *THIS IS A POWER 106 WORLD PREMIERE* enjoy!

You’re Dead! drops October 7 via Warp. Our review of Flying Lotus’ previous effort Until the Quiet Comes:

Otis Brown III – The Thought of You

Otis Brown III’s debut is a tight, tasteful jazz offering.

Mick Jenkins – “Jazz”

Husky-voiced Chicago rapper Mick Jenkins drops a moving and metaphorical video for his upcoming project titled The Water[s]. It’s officially out August 12th.

“Jazz” features a beautiful, minimal beat that’s guided by what I think are some gleaming vibraphone melodies. I love the way the chorus swells, and Mick’s hook is laid back, but monstrous! Like usual, his bars are thoughtful and interesting.

I can’t wait for the 12th!

i.o – Edit Architect

Get ready for a challenging listen on this one! This i.o album titled Edit Architect is a dense, tangled web of multi-tracked guitars, relentless drums, and whatever other glitches this Victoria-based bedroom recording project manages to throw into the works.

It’s like a fusion of free jazz, math rock, and the avant-garde. Give a listen and enjoy!

The Daniel Rosenboom Quintet – Fire Keeper

Digging on some fiery jazz rock from this new Daniel Rosenboom Quintet album, Fire Keeper. The kinetic energy in the performances on this thing is m-a-s-s-i-v-e. The production is a little flat at times, but the performances are just stellar throughout.

Shivers – Self-Titled

Dark ambient, jazz, noise, and a strong sense of uncontrollable fear come together on this new, self-titled Shivers album. The trio features the musical input of Rutger Zuydervelt, Gareth Davis and Leo Fabriek. They’ve collaborated before, but this is the first time they’re doing so under this particular name. The final result, a.k.a. this album, is challenging, but surprisingly brief in its length. It would seem these guys wanna get straight to the heart of what these noisy, drone-jazz fusions are all about.

Look for this album on Miasmah.

Courageous Endeavors – Prototype

Courageous Endeavors is a modern jazz quartet from Minneapolis whose members fancy themselves “the Twin Cities’ answer to the relevance of jazz in the 21st century.” I’d say with this debut album of theirs, Prototype, they live up to that. If you’re looking for some powerful modern jazz (besides BBNG), absolutely give this thing a listen. The playing is tight throughout, and the group is capable of delivering some breathtaking climaxes, perhaps the highlight being “Legends,” whose music video you can watch here. Check it out above - you’re bound to get the feels!

Ghostface Killah & BADBADNOTGOOD – “SIX DEGREES” ft. Danny Brown

Wu-Tang’s Ghostface Killah, Danny Brown, and the Toronto jazz fusion trio BADBADNOTGOOD all on the same track? Legendary. Just legendary!

This track is basically a new 10″ single that’s being released by Lex Records. Also, make sure you’re caught up on the new BADBADNOTGOOD record.