Flying Lotus' Moon Festival Fortune Sound Club show

Flying Lotus (right) says the crowd in Vancouver really knows how to make him feel welcome. All photos by Derevko Photography

From the beginning of the night, a retro-futuristic vibe was present at Fortune Sound Club. Think Yellow Magic Orchestra and Nintendo's vision of the future.

The opening acts provided a nice balance of Madonna-like pop songs, house electronica and southern hip hop.

The energy rose along with the volume as smiling DJ Flying Lotus took the stage. The whole room began to sway with verve as Fly Lo's music assumed its beautifully unpredictable course. A flurry of beats and samples; typhoons of sound often making it intentionally difficult to find the first beat. This comes not out of elitism, but rather as a unique way of truly engaging the listener.

Photo Credits: Derevko Photography

The set was all over the genre map, accessing rock, jazz and even industrial electronica akin to Paris, France's JUSTICE. Flying Lotus has a deep way of connecting seemingly distant concepts. At times, the set was like a historical survey of pseudo-western music. From Bone Thugs to drum 'n' bass; surf rock to Weather Report.

Where does Fly Lo get his musical abilities from? Perhaps it's because he is the great-nephew of the Alice Coltrane and John Coltrane.

Hits from Cosmogramma including the video version of 'MmmHmm' (watch below) and 'Do the Astral Plane' satisfied old and new fans alike. 

Flying Lotus' new EP: Pattern+Grid World is out now, and can be purchased as MP3 Download with CD or in Vinyl, which includes a sweet free poster!

Check Flying Lotus out in depth. He's the real deal.


Special thanks to Sarah Kim and David McCulloch (Timbre Productions) for making this review possible.


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