Starting with the simple announcement ‘Ladies and Gentlemen. You’re dead’, Flying Lotus went on to make you feel very much alive with a scintillating show at Terminal 5 in New York
Standing behind a screen wearing a luminescent headpiece, white shirt and black tie he become the center of a spectacular light show projected onto and around him.
As an ever changing succession of multicolored geometric and ethereal patterns filled the stage, Flying Lotus aka Steven Ellison lived up to his name and took flight with songs from his new album ‘You’re Dead’ leading the way.
So often artists that live in the experimental hip hop/electronica space fall into ‘the dull looking man with an open laptop’ camp when it comes to live performance.
As a filmmaker as well as producer and rapper, Flying lotus has the skill set to adeptly avoid this trap and give you something that felt visually thrilling.
Ably supported by another LA based musician Thundercat, he proved last night that the spirit of genre-bending psychedelic hip-hop lives on.