Let’s cut to the chase: we fux with Flying Lotus.
Not only was Until The Quiet Comes at nearly the tippy-top of Okayplayer’s Top 12 LPs of 2012list (“…the simultaneous disbelief and limitless possibility of a lucid dream..”), one of the tracks off it, “See Thru To U” featuring Erykah Badu, ranked #3 on our Top Songs of 2012 list (“her haunting voice wraps itself around the track, equal parts house and hard bop”), and director Kahlil Joseph‘s gorgeous, short film Until The Quiet Comes outright won Okayplayer’s Best Videos of 2012. The Sundance Film Festival happened to agree with us on that last one – the vid was awarded the Special Jury Award for Short Film.
So it’s more than our bashful admiration of, in his own words, the “big ol stupid grin” he often sports while performing that made us seek him out as the next subject of our “The Roots of…” video series. The dude is a musical beast, with musical roots to match – his great aunt and uncle Alice and John Coltrane, amongst others. Above, find out where his family tree extends from, and how he’s connected back hundreds of years (and centuries more) through the universal soul makossa cosmos, back to the African continent. Watch below and…
Up Next: The Roots Of… Omar from The Wire!?