With the release of his previous four albums, 1983 (2006), Los Angeles (2008), Cosmogramma (2010), and Until the Quiet Comes (2012), the Los Angeles-based producer, electronic music artist, and emcee Flying Lotus has won critical acclaim for his genre-defying work. And his forthcoming released fifth effort, YOU’RE DEAD will further cement his reputation for a sound that’s accessible and yet incredibly difficult to pigeonhole. His latest signle “Never Catch Me” which features guest vocals by Kendrick Lamar manages to fuse contemporary hip-hop with drum ‘n’ bass electronica, breezy bop jazz and jazz fusion in a seamless fashion. It’s a trippy aural experience that makes the sort of connections that should be obvious if you love and truly understand music.
Interestingly enough, the fact that Flying Lotus’s sound is so heavily jazz-based shouldn’t be terribly surprising as he’s related to the Cotrlanes — Alice Coltrane, John’s wife and pianist during the last few years of his life and career, was his great-aunt and their son Ravi is his cousin. It seems that this music thing may well be in the man’s blood.
Directed by Hiro Murai, the official video for the song expands on the fantastical dream state of his previous work with Flying Lotus on “Until the Quiet Comes” and because of that the video displays a particular logic that seems surreal and impossible and yet plausible in that particular world. The video starts off at the dual funeral of two young people – and during that portion of the video, there’s the depressing sense of a lives sadly and inexplicably cut so short and the disturbing questions that come along with those deaths – until the two children wake up from a dream, climb out of their coffins and begin joyously dancing along to Flying Lotus’ composition. In fact, they dance out of the church, into the street and to a park where eventually other neighborhood children notice their presence. Trippy and yet at times fun.