Another track, "GNG BNG," draws inspiration from DJ Shadow's breakbeat experiments of the late '90s.
As a result, Los Angeles, released in June, is part modern-day homage to California's holistic vibes and progressive utopianism, and part science-fiction film, making for an arresting future present. "It's the classic hero's journey kind of thing, basically a story like a film," Flying Lotus says, adding that the movie that initially inspired him was Ridley Scott's classic 1982 dystopia Blade Runner. "It's the soundtrack to a movie that doesn't exist."
The recording's mood ranges from the deeply reflective vibes of "Golden Diva" to the steel drum-speckled techno funk of "Parisian Goldfish." There are a few vocal pieces on Los Angeles, particularly the lushly sensuous "RobertaFlack" with Turkish artist Ahu "Dolly" Keleslogu, whom Flying Lotus met online. For the most part, however, its liquid hip-hop instrumentals sing louder than words. As FlyLo puts it, "I wanted to make music that didn't need a voice."
With Flying Lotus, Gaslamp Killer, Kode 9, Hudson Mohawke, Ras G, Samiyam, Kutmah, and Martyn
Nov. 8, 9 p.m., $15 advance
103 Harriet, SF