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Cosmogramma is the third studio album by hip hop and electronic producer Steven Ellison as Flying Lotus, released by Warp Records on 3 May 2010.
Recording sessions began in October 2008 in Ellison’s apartment in Los Angeles, immediately following his previous album and the death of his mother. Ellison used a laptop, a sampler and a drum machine, along with live instruments. The album draws conceptually on lucid dreaming and out-of-body experiences, with contributions from Laura Darlington, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Niki Randa, Thom Yorke, Ravi Coltrane, Rebekah Raff and Thundercat.
Cosmogramma is an eclectic electronica, experimental, IDM and nu jazz record, with influences spanning numerous genres, including psychedelic hip hop and glitch. Its songs were described by journalists as multi-layered, dense, varied and with extensive production techniques, incorporating a maximalist and Afrofuturist style.
Cosmogramma was promoted with a free “augmented reality” application called Cosmogramma Fieldlines. Though Ellison released no singles, he went on a tour through Canada, Europe, and United States in promotion of the album. The album entered and peaked at number 60 on the UK Albums Chart, and at number 88 on the US Billboard 200 chart. Upon release, the album received widespread critical acclaim, and was placed on numerous year-end lists. In 2011, Ellison released a compilation of B-sides, Cosmogramma Alt Takes. At the turn of the decade, several publications listed Cosmogramma among the greatest albums of the 2010s.
1. Clock Catcher
3. Nose Art
4. Intro//A Cosmic Drama
5. Zodiac Shit
6. Computer Face//Pure Being
7. ...And The World Laughs With You Feat. Thom Yorke
9. MmmHmm Feat. Thundercat
10. Do The Astral Plane
12. German Haircut
14. Dance Of The Pseudo Nymph
15. Drips//Auntie's Harp
16. Table Tennis Feat. Laura Darlington
17. Galaxy In Janaki
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