Flying Lotus hooks up with Beck: "It’s really quite dark"

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They hail from disparate ends of the musical spectrum, but both are renowned for being prolific and forward-thinking in their musical outputs, whether as a solo act or in their collaborative work. So perhaps it is with little surprise that California beatsmith Steve Ellison (aka Flying Lotus) has let slip that he has a collaboration with folk/indie maverick Beck just waiting to be released.

Following the release of 2010’s acclaimed Cosmogramma, Ellison reveals that it was Beck who approached him, “He hit me up after the last record and wanted to do something. It sounds like Can [pioneering 1980s krautrock band] but fucked up. It’s really quite dark.”.

There is no official release date but it could come out at any time, as Ellison admits that it’s “just fucking sitting there on my hard drive waiting for when the time is right”. Between headlining Harvest in November, and the release of his innovative, controversial 11th album insheet-music format only, the spotlight is turning on Beck once more, so we can only speculate that the time for release may be right sooner than later.

With the release of the dark, tribal sounding See Thru To U ft. Erykah Badu, this collaboration promises to be another cutting edge release from the LA-based producer, who admits that he sometimes feels the outsider in today’s EDM world, feeling more comfortable making music for headphones rather than for raves.

Flying Lotus’ highly anticipated album Until The Quiet Comes drops October 1st, and Beck Hansen’s Song Reader is to be published in December.

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