London festival Field Day has added esteemed producer Flying Lotus to their 2017 lineup. The Los Angeles based beat maker joins Aphex Twin on the bill who headlines a brand new stage at next year’s festival. Moving to a single day event in 2017, Field Day will return to its usual home in Victoria Park situated in the east of the city.
Emerging from the more abstract end of the production spectrum, Flying Lotus’ intricate and daring creations paved the way for the explosion of future perfect hip-hop currently at the forefront of the genre. Announcing his arrival with 2006’s debut album 1983, the record stepped away from the usual conformist hip-hop beats, instead heading for uncharted territory by fusing together jazz fusion, Japanese synth pop and eastern infused samples to construct glitchy, off kilter instrumentals which have become synonymous with the producer.
A graduate of the Red Bull Music Academy, Fly Lo, aka Steven Ellison has since gone on to release five full length LPs including 2014’s critically acclaimed You’re Dead which featured guest appearances from Kendrick Lamar and Snoop Dogg. Returning the favour in 2015, Flying Lotus produced the opening track on Kendrick Lamar’s Pimp To A Butterfly, cementing his position as one of the most in demand collaborators in the game. Not content with displaying his wealth of creativity solely on Flying Lotus records, Ellison created the mysterious Captain Murphy alter ego which features his own pitched down vocals.
Words by Elliot Ryder
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