The 2010 album "Cosmogramma," which fused the way-out cosmic jazz of the '70s with a laptop-era sense of future soul, was a breakthrough for producer Steven Allison, who records as Flying Lotus.
"Until The Quiet Comes," released this week on Warp Records, proves that Allison remains one of music's most appealing mad scientists.
Featuring contributions from Thom Yorke, Erykah Badu and bassist Thundercat, "Quiet" is a dark, elegant work that strips back some of its predecessor's heavy layering to reveal Allison's aptitude for intricate beats.
amNY spoke with Allison.
What does the new album's title mean to you? It means a lot of things. [I have] a general curiosity about death, the unknown and the afterlife. For some reason that's something I've always found fascinating. I thought that title was very fitting in that respect.
The album has more of a club feel. Was that to get folks out of their headphones a bit? No. I just wanted to capture all the angles that I've been working at. I didn't want to overdo it with the heavy club songs. I also wanted to get some really personal songs in there, but at the same time I didn't want to get deep.
What do you hope people respond to the new songs? I just hope they hear progression. I hope they feel I've gotten better. That's really the only thing I can ask. I hope it inspires people in some respect. I hope the music community can vibe from it, and people can write movies to it, and people can make babies to it.
If you go: Flying Lotus is at Terminal 5 on Sunday at 8 p.m., 610 W. 56th St., 212-582-6600, $35.