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Flying Lotus Adds Some Beauty to Kanye West’s “Black Skinheads”

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Flying Lotus Adds Some Beauty to Kanye West’s “Black Skinheads”

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At Coachella two years ago, Flying Lotus, known to his flesh-and-blood friends as Steven Ellison, played one of those shows where the sun seemed to set just as the drugs kicked in. He blew us way mostly with an arsenal of tracks from his then-upcoming album, Until the Quiet Comes. That record eventually came out, and with its harmonically rich compositions and surgical beats, reinforced the L.A.-based producer as one of the most adventurous and tough-to-pin-down artists working in contemporary music. Yesterday, Flying Lotus tweeted that his follow-up album is in the final stages of completion, but without a release date. Instead, he put out a .zip file called Ideas+drafts+loopsthat amongst its 24 outtakes features an unexpectedly simple remix of Kanye West’s pulverising anthem, “Black Skinheads.” Flying Lotus leaves most of West’s songs alone, but adds a sparse, Radiohead-like guitar loop that twinkles behind West’s world-hating growl. Check it out below.