Label: Warp Records
Flying Lotus was always the beat-music scene's most cosmically inclined artist, but on You're Dead! he abandons the known universe altogether. His ego-erasing tribute to the afterlife involves rubbery timekeeping, celestial choirs, modal jazz freakouts, Thundercat's liquid bass solos, keys from Herbie Hancock and philosophical verses from Kendrick Lamar and even Snoop Dogg. It has less to do with the contemporary rap or dance music climate than it does the soul-jazz epics of earlier eras; it demands to be listened to, and lived in, with mindful care.