West Coast beatmaker Flying Lotus (Steven Ellison) flies into Tokyo for a one-nighter to celebrate his latest album, You’re Dead. The outing marks a departure from FlyLo’s earth-shaking rhythms for a headier sound. The impression left is that Ellison dug deeply into jazz’s ’70s fusion period for his samples. But this should not surprise: Ellison is, after all, the nephew of modern jazz great John Coltrane.
The album also boasts contributions from Snoop Dogg and Kendrick Lamar, and is packaged in artwork created by Japanese manga artist Shintaro Kago at the request of FlyLo himself.
Dec 5, 7:30pm, ¥5,940 (adv). Shinagawa Stellar Ball. Nearest station: Shinagawa. www.beatink.com