While Cosmogramma is a monolithic convergence of 20th and 21st century musical forms, high in concept and wide in musical collaboration, Pattern+Grid World pulls the focus back to Steven Ellison and his machines. These machines are speaking (and possibly looking as well, judging by the EP’s cover) from the go, as “Clay” introduces itself in a fog of synth and vocoder and gives way to one of the many surprises here, the schizophrenic ping-ponging electro of “Kill Your Co-Workers”. Drenched in alternating melodies, it’s a synthetic counterpart to the grand string and harp arrangements of Cosmogramma, making acclaimed illustrator Theo Ellsworth’s subtly psychedelic cover image of vision-through-noise all the more intimate.
Meanwhile, in a great interview with HipHopDX, Flying Lotus talks about some future potential collaborations (albeit coyly) with Lupe Fiasco and Kanye West, which you can read here.
In the interview, he says:
DX: Per a recent tweet of yours @LupeFiasco it sounds like you might wanna get him to bless the track.
Flying Lotus: We got in touch recently, and I think I might do a remix or something. I think that would make the most sense. [Inaudible] he’s working on something at the moment, and I think it’d probably be best if I took something that already existed of his and try and flip it into something else.
DX: Did he tell you how he came about your music?
Flying Lotus: He told me that his engineer – the text, or the message, I got [from Lupe] was, “Yo, my engineer says we should work.” I’m like, but what do you think we should do? Do you think we should work?
DX: And since I mentioned your recent tweet @LupeFiasco, you know I gotta ask you about your now newsworthy tweet from September 19th @kanyewest “yo are you still rollin thru today?”
Flying Lotus: [Laughs] I already said too much. I’ll say that. I already said too much.
DX: Hmmm, okay, let me see how I gotta work this here. [Laughs] Can you say if ‘Ye was rollin’ thru to pick up some beats perhaps?
Flying Lotus: I already said too much… But, I will say it’s inevitable.
DX: Can you tell how he came to your music?
Flying Lotus: I can’t say anything about anything. I said too much. I shouldn’t have said what I said. But you know, it’s one of those things where I’m sure like – Well, I shouldn’t even…I’m talking too much already. [Laughs] Squeezing me for the juice, man. [Laughs]
Pattern + Grid World was released on September 20th. One of the singles, “Camera Days,” was rapped over by Killer Mike for Adult Swim and retitled, “Swimming.” You can listen to that track below:
Killer Mike (Produced by Flying Lotus): “Swimming”