Flamagra

Flamagra is the sixth studio album by American record producer Flying Lotus. It was released on May 24, 2019, by Warp Records.[2] It is his first album since 2014's You're Dead!.[3] The lead single, the spoken-word "Fire Is Coming" featuring David Lynch, was released along with its video on April 17, 2019.[4] The album also features contributions from Anderson Paak, George Clinton, Little Dragon, Tierra Whack, Denzel Curry, Shabazz Palaces, Thundercat, Toro y Moi and Solange.[5]

Flamagra
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)

Background

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.[5]

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.

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?7.8/10[6]
Metacritic80/100[7]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[8]
The A.V. ClubB+[9]
The Guardian[10]
The Independent[11]
The Irish Times[12]
Mojo[13]
NME[14]
Pitchfork7.8/10[1]
Q[15]
Rolling Stone[16]

At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, Flamagra received an average score of 80, based on 27 reviews.[7]

Commercial performance

As of July 2019, the album has moved 10,000 units in United States.[17]

Track listing

Credits adapted from liner notes.[18]

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

Credits adapted from liner notes.[18]

Musicians

Technical

Artwork

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

Charts

Chart (2019) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[20] 55
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[21] 47
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[22] 16
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[23] 122
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[24] 74
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[25] 60
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[26] 20
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[27] 28
Lithuanian Albums (AGATA)[28] 96
Scottish Albums (OCC)[29] 20
UK Albums (OCC)[30] 25
US Billboard 200[31] 45
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[32] 5
US Top Dance/Electronic Albums (Billboard)[33] 1
US Top Tastemaker Albums (Billboard)[34] 1

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  10. Monroe, Jazz (May 24, 2019). "Flying Lotus: Flamagra review – cosmic voyager's cartoonish cinematic vision". The Guardian. Retrieved June 12, 2019.
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