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Flying Lotus - Flamagra (2019) Published: May 24/19 Released: May 24/19 albumElectronic27 Tracks • 66 Minutes
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90%
    SELECTED LINE: A sprawling masterwork of genius. -The Irish Times
    Flamagra is the sixth studio album by Flying Lotus, released by Warp Records on May 24, 2019.
    Preview
    1. Heroes2:44
    2. Post Requisite2:08
    3. Heroes in a Half Shell1:17
    4. More (feat. Anderson .Paak)4:17
    5. Capillaries1:54
    6. Burning Down the House (feat. George Clinton)3:03
    7. Spontaneous (feat. Little Dragon)2:08
    8. Takashi5:51
    9. Pilgrim Side Eye1:30
    10. All Spies1:45
    11. Yellow Belly (feat. Tierra Whack)3:11
    12. Black Balloons Reprise (feat. Denzel Curry)2:41
    13. Fire Is Coming (feat. David Lynch)3:16
    14. Inside Your Home1:26
    15. Actually Virtual (feat. Shabazz Palaces)1:58
    16. Andromeda1:28
    17. Remind U2:41
    18. Say Something1:15
    19. Debbie Is Depressed2:19
    20. Find Your Own Way Home1:40
    21. The Climb (feat. Thundercat)3:15
    22. Pygmy1:24
    23. 9 Carrots (feat. Toro y Moi)3:01
    24. Ff41:11
    25. Land of Honey (feat. Solange)3:27
    26. Thank U Malcolm1:32
    27. Hot Oct.4:35
℗ 2019 Warp Records
Critic Reviews (51)

This is a tough nut to crack.

70% 1 week ago

SpectrumCulture SpectrumCulture

Flamagra mostly sounds like a hodgepodge of ideas FlyLo has already explored on previous efforts, and what surprises it does bring are hit-and-miss.

50% 1 week ago

theneedledrop theneedledrop

Flamagra contains plenty of strong material but ultimately lacks a unifying coherence.

60% 1 week ago

PopMatters PopMatters

Never has his work sounded so warm, uncalculated and soulful.

84% 2 weeks ago

Sputnikmusic Sputnikmusic

Uncompromising, challenging and endlessly rewarding for those who stick with it.

80% 2 weeks ago

nzherald nzherald

It’s not only an excellent achievement by Flying Lotus, on both emotional and technical levels, but also the most fascinating work of his career thus far.

83% 2 weeks ago

Consequence of Sound Consequence of Sound

It succeeds in presenting a sonic mood-board, without really taking us on a distinctive journey.

60% 2 weeks ago

Stereoboard (UK) Stereoboard (UK)

“Flamagra” is an incredible record, especially for those craving some experimental funk and jazz.

2 weeks ago

Weekender Weekender

Overall, Flamagra is a mixed bag.

70% 2 weeks ago

The 405 The 405

Though occasionally lapsing into monotony, Flamagrama nonetheless makes for a satisfying return from one of the most innovative producers in hip-hop and electro.

70% 2 weeks ago

Hot Press Hot Press

There are significant patches of brilliance on Flamagra that make it a worthwhile listen.

70% 2 weeks ago

musicOMH.com musicOMH.com

Take it in. Bathe in the lush, singular visions conjured by Flying Lotus. Refresh yourself and begin anew.

80% 2 weeks ago

Tiny Mix Tapes Tiny Mix Tapes

Flamagra is too considered, burdened, and what were once cosmic, mind-expanding polyrhythms come over as inconsequential and annoying.

40% 3 weeks ago

The Observer (UK) The Observer (UK) (TOP)

A gospel-tinged riot of squelching bass, fizzling drums and ethereal dreamscapes.

80% 3 weeks ago

Evening Standard Evening Standard

Every album from Flying Lotus, the experimental afro-futurist producer, is a world in itself: an exploratory amalgam of terrains and viscosities.

3 weeks ago


Somewhere in here is a 40-minute program with greater impact.

70% 3 weeks ago

AllMusic AllMusic

It’s a feel-good album for a strange time and a panoramic snapshot of the state of funk, jazz fusion, and left-of-the-dial hip-hop.

3 weeks ago

Vulture Vulture

A strong return either way from the producer, but one that feels like he fell into his own self-indulgent workspace more often than not.

70% 3 weeks ago

MYSTIC SONS MYSTIC SONS

This album sees him sharing the spotlight more than he ever has before, and the result is arguably his most accessible album yet.

3 weeks ago

BrooklynVegan BrooklynVegan

A 27-song, genre-bending, characteristically lively album that centers around an imagined indistinguishable fire in Los Angeles.

3 weeks ago

GQ Magazine GQ Magazine

It is at once busy and mesmerising, like staring into the flickering lights of a burning fire.

80% 3 weeks ago

Financial Times Financial Times (TOP)

His most diverse and psychedelic yet.

75% 3 weeks ago

Under The Radar Under The Radar

It represents his growth into a full-fledged record producer, someone capable of straight-up great songwriting as well as engagingly electronic funk.

83% 3 weeks ago


A sprawling, ambitious and occasionally disorienting work, it combines most of the above into a surprisingly coherent whole that’s framed with deliberately Funkadelic-referencing, slowed-down vocal passages at the beginning and end.

3 weeks ago


One of the most beautiful records not only of the year but of the last few years.

3 weeks ago

Soundwall.it Soundwall.it

On his new album Flamagra Flying Lotus cleans the driftwood from his songs and does what he does best: he connects people and genres.

3 weeks ago

SPEX Magazin SPEX Magazin

The result sounds more like a DJ set than an album, but it takes you on a journey nonetheless.

80% 3 weeks ago

The Times of London The Times of London (TOP)

You may stagger away confused — but with the sense that your horizons have been expanded, your perspectives challenged, your comfort zone breached.

80% 3 weeks ago

Irish Examiner (IE) Irish Examiner (IE)

A delicately balanced mix of every genre and theme that has defined his work to date, all bound together in the flames.

100% 3 weeks ago

Highsnobiety Highsnobiety

Flying Lotus has finally reached his apex—his very own To Pimp a Butterfly.

3 weeks ago

RIFF Magazine RIFF Magazine

Even on the instrumentals, Flamagra conjures visual extremities.

60% 3 weeks ago


The afterlife is a hard act to follow, and in the light of that flame on the hill, Flamagra makes for an engaging way station.

78% 3 weeks ago


Flamagra, just like every Flying Lotus full-length album that came before it, is a body of work you'll be thinking about long after it comes to a close.

3 weeks ago

DJ Booth DJ Booth

Flamagra is a creative leap for Flying Lotus, as this album manages to cover hip-hop, funk, soul, jazz, dance music, tribal poly-rhythms, IDM, as well as the L.A beat scene, and these sounds somehow work meticulously together, making this Flying Lotus’s best album yet.

90% 3 weeks ago

Aesthetic Magazine (CA) Aesthetic Magazine (CA)

One might think of Flamagra as Ellison’s Apocalypse Now, or The Wall — it shows an artist at the height of their power, able to realize their most over-the-top imaginings, delivering a sprawling near-masterpiece teetering at the brink of overkill.

3 weeks ago


Everything about this record begs repeating.

90% 3 weeks ago

Exclaim Exclaim

Not only is it FlyLo’s most ambitious and fully realized album to date, it’s easily the most grandiose hip-hop beat tape of this decade, one that sets a new standard for the form.

3 weeks ago

Stereogum Stereogum

FLAMAGRA has become a rushing, overstimulating, hard-to-decode fusion work.

83% 3 weeks ago

Musikexpress Musikexpress

The album feels confessional, courageous. ... Yest it can be bleak as hell but Flamagra's artistic artistic triumphs are sublimely uplifting. [Jul 2019, p.92]

80% 3 weeks ago

Mojo Mojo

Musically, it's still dense and intense, with funk, jazz and electronics rubbing up against bumpy hip-hop. But the heavyweight line-up brings with it a welcome focus on songs. [Jul 2019, p.110]

80% 3 weeks ago

Q Magazine Q Magazine

A flawed masterpiece that infuriates as often as it dazzles. [Jul 2019, p.28]

70% 3 weeks ago

Uncut Uncut

Judging by this album, Flying Lotus can make just about anything happen.

100% 3 weeks ago

New Musical Express (NME) New Musical Express (NME) (TOP)

A 27-track masterpiece.

80% 3 weeks ago

The Independent (UK) The Independent (UK) (TOP)

Six albums in, Flying Lotus once again builds a sprawling metropolis of sound, fleshed out enough you could live in it.

3 weeks ago

STACK STACK

Flamagra, like the man who made it, is an island of its own: often beautiful, sometimes baffling, totally inimitable.

70% 3 weeks ago

The Line of Best Fit The Line of Best Fit

Flamagra, integrates everything in his oeuvre to date, showing how Ellison can swerve between lanes while still remaining in a vehicle easily identifiable as his.

84% 3 weeks ago

Resident Advisor Resident Advisor

Ellison sums up a whirlwind of beats, voices and samples and waves you inwardly.

90% 3 weeks ago

humo (BE) humo (BE)

Sure, it might lack the more established themes of Until the Quiet Comes and You’re Dead! but while Flamagra doesn’t feel as defined, it feels more unencumbered, more uninhibited: Ellison unleashed.

80% 3 weeks ago

Loud And Quiet Loud And Quiet

Whatever the truth of the matter, ‘Flamagra’ reminds us just how good Flying Lotus sounds when soundtracking transcendence.

80% 3 weeks ago

Clash Music Clash Music

What appears to be a sprawling, sludgy, smoky mess of fractured grooves gives up strange and wonderful secrets of every turn.

80% 4 weeks ago

theartsdesk.com theartsdesk.com

A sprawling masterwork of genius.

100% 4 weeks ago

The Irish Times The Irish Times (TOP)
User Reviews (5)

Frank Villalobos1 month ago
Fly Lo & Anderson Paak More 🔥🔥 I cant wait till the 24th. I need me some ‘More’ FlyLo.

CrazyShawN341 month ago
... *sheds aloof tear*

DispatchDee021 month ago
Yeah I’m Shïddïn Yeah I’m Shïddïn

Q-DoG 721 month ago
Flying High I’ve been waiting on FlyLo to drop another album. Loved You’re Dead and Cosmogramma, Can’t wait to see what he’s got on this one! Keep making music brother 👍🏾!

Ryan50511 month ago
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