Flamagra

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Flamagra
Flying Lotus - Flamagra.png
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 24, 2019 (2019-05-24)
Recorded2015–2019
Genre
Length66:57
LabelWarp
ProducerFlying Lotus
Flying Lotus chronology
You're Dead!
(2014)
Flamagra
(2019)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?7.8/10[2]
Metacritic80/100[3]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[4]
The A.V. ClubB+[5]
The Guardian3/5 stars[6]
The Independent4/5 stars[7]
The Irish Times5/5 stars[8]
Mojo4/5 stars[9]
NME5/5 stars[10]
Pitchfork7.8/10[1]
Q4/5 stars[11]
Uncut7/10[12]

Flamagra is the sixth studio album by American record producer Flying Lotus. It was released on May 24, 2019, by Warp Records.[13] It is his first album since 2014's You're Dead!.[14] The lead single, the spoken-word "Fire Is Coming" featuring David Lynch, was released along with its video on April 17, 2019.[15] The album also features contributions from Anderson Paak, George Clinton, Little Dragon, Tierra Whack, Denzel Curry, Shabazz Palaces, Thundercat, Toro y Moi and Solange.[16]

Background[edit]

Ellison said that he had gathered different material from the past five years in the process of making the record, and had a "thematic idea" about making an album with a fire concept during that time. He imagined an "eternal flame sitting on a hill", and upon hearing David Lynch talking at a party he was attending, asked him to record the same words for his album, at which point he said the idea for the album became fixed.[16]

The track "Post Requisite" was featured on the soundtrack of Ellison's 2017 feature film Kuso and was accompanied by a music video. Prior to the album's release, the tracks "Fire Is Coming", "Spontaneous", "Takashi", "More" and "Black Balloons Reprise" were released as singles. The latter is a reprise of the song of the same name from Denzel Curry's 2018 album Ta13oo.

Track listing[edit]

Credits adapted from liner notes.[17]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Heroes"2:44
2."Post Requisite"
  • Ellison
  • Bruner
2:08
3."Heroes in a Half Shell"
  • Ellison
  • Bruner
  • Brandon Coleman
1:17
4."More" (featuring Anderson .Paak)
4:17
5."Capillaries"Ellison1:54
6."Burning Down the House" (featuring George Clinton)
3:03
7."Spontaneous" (featuring Little Dragon)2:08
8."Takashi"
  • Ellison
  • Syunsuke Ono
  • Bruner
  • Coleman
5:51
9."Pilgrim Side Eye"1:30
10."All Spies"Ellison1:45
11."Yellow Belly" (featuring Tierra Whack)3:11
12."Black Balloons Reprise" (featuring Denzel Curry)
2:41
13."Fire Is Coming" (featuring David Lynch)
3:16
14."Inside Your Home"
  • Ellison
  • Bruner
1:26
15."Actually Virtual" (featuring Shabazz Palaces)
1:58
16."Andromeda"
  • Ellison
  • Bruner
1:28
17."Remind U"
  • Ellison
  • Coleman
2:41
18."Say Something"
  • Ellison
  • Bruner
  • Atwood-Ferguson
  • Hamm
1:15
19."Debbie Is Depressed"
  • Ellison
  • Bruner
2:19
20."Find Your Own Way Home"
  • Ellison
  • Taylor Graves
1:40
21."The Climb" (featuring Thundercat)
  • Ellison
  • Bruner
  • Atwood-Ferguson
  • Coleman
3:15
22."Pygmy"
  • Ellison
  • Bruner
1:24
23."9 Carrots" (featuring Toro y Moi)
3:01
24."FF4"
  • Ellison
  • Atwood-Ferguson
1:11
25."Land of Honey" (featuring Solange)
3:27
26."Thank U Malcolm"
  • Ellison
  • Coleman
  • Bruner
1:32
27."Hot Oct."
  • Ellison
  • Bruner
4:35
Total length:66:57

Sample credits

  • "Heroes" contains audio samples of the Dragon Ball series.
  • "Black Balloons Reprise" contains a sample of "Ten Et Tiwa" by Alain Goraguer.

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from liner notes.[17]

Musicians

Technical

Artwork

  • Winston Hacking – artwork
  • Echelon Color – retouching
  • Stephen Serrato – layout
  • Guccimaze – typeface design
  • Joph (Jeong-woo Jo) – portrait

Charts[edit]

Chart (2019) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[19] 55
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[20] 47
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[21] 16
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[22] 122
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[23] 74
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[24] 60
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[25] 20
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[26] 28
Scottish Albums (OCC)[27] 20
UK Albums (OCC)[28] 25
US Billboard 200[29] 45
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[30] 5
US Top Dance/Electronic Albums (Billboard)[31] 1

References[edit]

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