Steven Ellison, better known in the experimental world of electronic music by his Flying Lotus alter-ego, has turned to an old friend for the first single off his forthcoming album "Until the Quiet Comes." The eccentric, blissfully in-her-own-orbit R&B star Erykah Badu lends her vocals to the album's "See Thru To U."
Though not officially billed as a "single" (at least in the disposable, radio-friendly sense of the term), the track is available for purchase Thursday on iTunes, and an abstract video is embedded below. Badu doesn't quite take center-stage on the track. Her vocals, at times distorted and manipulated, roll and squirm around the jazzy arrangement, as if the song's structure is constantly in motion rather than strictly defined.
The song marks the first peek at Flying Lotus' follow-up to his acclaimed 2010 effort "Cosmogramma," an album that at times took the uncomfortable sounds of a respirator machine and turned them into sonic reveries built for late-night reflection, and it builds upon that album's loose mix of electronic and organic instrumentation. Is this a jazz song? A club song? It's somewhere in the middle, and it's definitely trippy.
Also guesting on the album: Laura Darlington, Niki Randa, Thundercat and, once again, Radiohead's Thom Yorke. "Until the Quiet Comes" will be released Oct. 2 via Warp Records.