You're Dead! (LP)


Flying Lotus

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Amoeba Review

10/06/2014

Flying Lotus’ fifth album is as strikingly original as anything he’s put out while also becoming streamlined. Of course, to the uninitiated, it’s still pretty nuts. “Theme” builds on droning orchestration before exploding into a jazzy interlude that sets the tone for the next few tracks. “Tesla” shuffles and pings back and forth like its titular Tesla coil, while “Cold Dead’s” dense and mind-bending harmonies excite while lush horns and synths relieve the senses. Here’s where You’re Dead gets fun. “Never Catch Me” finds a hopped-up Kendrick Lamar spitting rhymes as quickly as they’ll come over FlyLo’ head-spinning twists and turns. Captain Murphy and Snoop Dogg jump in for a fun 8-bit spin on FlyLo’s sound in “Dead Man’s Tetris.” On “Coronus, the Terminator,” FlyLo sets the stage with backwards instrumentation and rain while Singer Niki Randa’s breathy voice helps create a futuristic Quiet Storm track. Angel Deradoorian continues the spell on the mystical “Siren Song,” and  “Turtles” sounds like it would soundtrack a hip wildlife special, with its echoing bird calls and cascading bassline. Now here’s where it gets insane again, as Thundercat asks, “Can you feel the walls are closing in?” through Radiohead-level paranoia and ominous melodies on “Descent Into Madness,” which leads into the true madness of “The Boys Who Died In Their Sleep,” with a creepy-ass vocal by Captain Murphy. But it’s all good by the time we get to the end, and we feel like we’ve truly been on a journey. By balancing his headier material with pop-oriented moments, Flying Lotus takes us on a one-of-a-kind trip with You’re Dead.



Track Listing



Side A Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Theme
Flying Lotus 01:24
2.
Tesla
Flying Lotus 01:54
3.
Cold Dead
Flying Lotus 01:34
4.
Fkn Dead
Flying Lotus 00:40


Side B Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Never Catch Me
Flying Lotus , Kendrick Lamar 03:54
2.
Dead Man's Tetris
Flying Lotus , Captain Murphy , Snoop Dogg 02:25
3.
Turkey Dog Coma
Flying Lotus 03:09
4.
Stirring
Flying Lotus 00:30
5.
Coronus, the Terminator
Flying Lotus 02:40
6.
Siren Song
Flying Lotus , Angel Deradoorian 02:37


Side C Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Turtles
Flying Lotus 02:06
2.
Ready err Not
Flying Lotus 01:45
3.
Eyes Above
Flying Lotus 01:12
4.
Moment of Hesitation
Flying Lotus 02:18


Side D Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Descent Into Madness
Flying Lotus , Thundercat 01:27
2.
The Boys Who Died in Their Sleep
Flying Lotus , Captain Murphy 01:50
3.
Obligatory Cadence
Flying Lotus 02:56
4.
Your Potential//The Beyond
Flying Lotus , Niki Randa 01:45
5.
The Protest
Flying Lotus 01:57

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