September 4, 2012


Beck and Flying Lotus Have Recorded a Collabo!

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Well, isn't this just super-duper radical: Flying Lotus, aka Los Angeles experimental electronic producer Steven Ellison, has recorded a new collabo with Beck. Hey, FlyLo's buddy and oft collaborator Thom Yorke can't hog all dude's time, amirite?

In a recent interview with Drowned in Sound, the 28-year-old producer explained how the joint effort came to be: "[Beck] hit me up after the last record and wanted to do something," FlyLo said. He added that their song "sounds like Can," the genre-bridging German experimental band that pioneered the minimalist "krautrock" movement, "but f--ked up. It’s really quite dark."

The song, FlyLo said, "is just f--king [sitting] there on my hard drive waiting for when the time is right." No word on when, exactly, that time will be, however.

Flying Lotus has a new album arriving soon, too. Until the Quiet Comes, his fourth full-length release, drops October 1 with guest spots from Erykah Badu (listen to that track, "See Thru to U," below) and, of course, Mr. Yorke, among others. FlyLo's also on tour this fall—check out his dates right here.

Beck, per usual, also has new material in the works. In addition to his single on Jack White's Third Man Records, which dropped earlier this summer, Beck is prepping perhaps his most experimental and industry-defying release yet: Beck Hansen's Song Reader, out in December, is an "album" of all new material, which will be released only as sheet music. So, you'll never hear Beck himself singing these songs on an MP3 or CD. Instead, he appears to be betting on the recent trend of YouTube covers pushing this "album" viral. It's also certain to help tour ticket sales. Genius!