Manchester Academy will be playing host to Flying Lotus on Thursday the 30th of April as he tours his new album ‘You’re Dead’. The fifth studio album by the Los Angeles based experimental producer was released on Warp Records last year and features the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Captain Murphy and Thundercat, to universal acclaim.
His performance at The Manchester Academy will be supported firstly by the Seattle based experimental hip-hop group Shabazz Places, which consists of Ishmael Butler and Tendai Maraire, both vocalists and multi instrumentalists who have released two studio albums on the Sub Pop label that operates in their hometown. Their most recent LP ‘Lese Majesty’ received widespread acclaim as was quoted as being the “future of hip-hop” by The Stranger newspaper. Shabazz Places has a number of gigs lined up for the upcoming months including dates at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom and the notorious Berghain nightclub in Berlin, however first the duo will perform as the first of Flying Lotus’ two support acts.
The final support act comes in the form of Kutmah, a performer described as epithets like “the best DJ you’ve ever heard” and a “best kept secret” in the world of hip-hop. Born in Brighton but first rising to prominence across The Atlantic in Los Angeles, Kutmah is renowned as one of the most fearless selectors around and is a close collaborator with FlyLo’s Brainfeeder collective. In recent years Kutmah has been employed to mix the latest mix in Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Sounds CD series, not to mention being a favourite of fellow DJ Alexander Nut.
Both of these incredibly creative and innovative artists will be supporting a headline performance from Flying Lotus at Manchester Academy on the 30th of April.
Words by Josh Plews
Images courtesy of 2dopeboys and Transmission