Flying Lotus, aka Captain Murphy, recently released an audiovisual teaser for his forthcoming album, You’re Dead!, with stunning graphics and audio samples. The already released tracklist promises jazz legend Herbie Hancock, Kendrick Lamar, Thundercat and Snoop Dogg.
Flying Lotus’s track, “Never Catch Me,” featuring Kendrick Lamar, debuted on Kendrick’s hometown L.A. radio station earlier this month.
The track starts with a simple piano intro before the beat kicks in and Kendrick begins keeping in tune with FlyLo’s quirky, jazzy, schizophrenic beat and rapping about the album’s namesake – the fear of inevitable death and anonymity.
The best parts of the single are after FlyLo speeds everything up – the fast drumbeat, the funky bass lines and the quirky, bubbly synth noises. Its when the piano progression from the intro comes back, the drums slow down and Kendrick tones down his spit-fire verses into a sing-songy voice that taunts the Grim Reaper saying, “you’ll never ever catch me, no.”
The song is madness. Speeding up and slowing down, it’s as if the song repeats itself four times, and yet, in true FlyLo fashion, still has you listening to the whole thing over and over again.
The album and the graphics included in the audiovisual are stunning and strange, making them perfectly suitable for his album, set to drop on October 7. The artist, Shintaro Kago, is a Japenese guro manga artist. FlyLo’s collaboration with Kago gave the album a zombie apocalypse/Halloween in a comic book feel, and its perfect.
Having teased You’re Dead! bit by bit in these last few months, and only two weeks left until the set release date, he is sure to have a few more teasers lined up – maybe the next one will give us more of the sampling of the Snoop Dogg track that we got to hear a snippet of in the audiovisual released.