by Sye Sharp
Flying Lotus came to Denver on his "Until the Quiet Comes" tour last night! I, along with 3 other KRCXers, went to the show and I can say that we all enjoyed it. To sum up his show, it was a pretty good mix of dance party music and his electronic jazz with excellent visuals and a few surprises.
He started off the show with some new songs, and suprisingly the abstract quiet of the album sprang to life when performed. The subs really helped drive all of the songs, and songs off the new album that were originally very relaxed became much more moving while still retaining the original sound.
As the show progressed, once he got into his groove he started playing his hyphy-er music. This included his new single "Putty Boy Strut", which really got the crowd going. He also mixed in some really awesome beats that would probably be any big time rapper's new hit single, and he threw in dubstep. Now, a lot of people aren't fans of dubstep, and while I'm not necessarily one myself I will say it worked live. His style of dubstep was more upbeat and in your face then say James Blake's brand of dubstep, but not as obnoxious as someone like Skrillex. So in short, I thought that his dubstep worked pretty well.
He threw in a few remixes, which includes his well known version of "N***** in Paris", a few Lil Wayne songs, "Mercy" by Kanye, and a surprising remix of "Idioteque" by Radiohead. Everyone of these got the crowd really going, because his remixes simply are just really good. He even remixed his own songs, putting beats over his more relaxed stuff including "DMT Song", which I personally think was more realized with a beat behind it. The highlight of the show, in my opinion, was when FlyLo wished his friend/collaborator Thundercat a happy birthday and premiered a brand new Thundercat song. It was a very funky song about ecstasy, and it had such a feel good vibe that you couldn't deny it; you could only dance.
He did have his mishaps however; some of his transitions were awkward, and some of his remixes you could tell he got the track off of YouTube. Also, this is more of a trivial thing, but he wasn't DJing the entire time. At some points he would let the track play and interact with the crowd. I thought this was cool personally, but I could see how someone would be upset that he just let the tracks play at points in the show.
His visuals were excellent, and it definitely improved the show. He had an LED screen in front of him, so you could see him perform but the effect made it seem like he was actually a part of the effects. It was the intention of course, and it worked flawlessly. Not only that, but there was another larger screen behind him, so the two screens worked in unison to provide a show. My favorite effect was when the screens would go into a Star Wars-esque hyperspeed effect with FlyLo in the center.
In short, it wasn't the best show of my life, but it was still very good and I'd reccomend really anyone who likes to dance or enjoys interesting, different music to a Flying Lotus show. Here is a song off of his new album he is promoting on this tour!