Flying Lotus Drops New Thundercat & Joey Bada$$ On BBC Radio 1
Once again Flying Lotus has outdone himself, bringing his intergalactic A game to the earthen airwaves of the BBC. In the latest installment of his Radio 1 residency, the LA-based producer-composer brought so many guests, so many new premieres, that it’s almost as if the universe is scheming to make him the great BBC DJ since the dawn of time. “I’m spoiling you guys, seriously,” Lotus said at the beginning of the broadcast. He’s definitely not wrong.
And just who’s on the hit list this time around? Up first is LA bass god Thundercat, who is reportedly working on a brand new EP project that’s set to be released quite soon. Lotus dropped “Lone Wolf,” a new flowing jazz-folk number that sounds like an angelic Weather Report cover band drug slowly through a lake of molasses. Beyond that ‘cat, Lotus drops a brand new Lapalux cut, as well as (prepare yourself) a never-before-heard Joey Bada$$ joint, the gritty, cutting “Perception Versus Reality.”
And we haven’t even gotten to the main event. Near the 90 minute mark of the program, FlyLo set in motion a brilliant, mood-heavy mix of songs put together by Radiohead guitarist and songwriter Johnny Greenwood. Greenwood has done soundtrack work for films such as There Will Be Blood and Inherent Vice (not to mention all of those masterful records in his own band’s catalog), and his mix reflects his own work’s aesthetic. There’s deep, echoing synthesizer and roving bass grooves all over his mini-mix–a perfect come down from all the neck-snapping glitz of Flying Lotus’s own selections.
Listen to Flying Lotus’s latest show here, via the BBC.