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You're Dead!

Flying Lotus

You're Dead!

Fifth album of experimental hip hop, electronica and trip hop collages from LA-based producer and musician featuring Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg and Herbie Hancock

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8.4

Label
Warp
UK Release date
06/10/2014
US Release date
07/10/2014
  1. 10.0 |   The Guardian

    As each song merges into the next, as one style succeeds another, the sensation is that of being in a dream
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  2. 10.0 |   The Observer

    This is a carnival of imagination with an intricate balance to its sequencing and a cohesion of sound and concept to die for
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  3. 10.0 |   The List

    A dazzling sonic dream-state of a record
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  4. 9.5 |   The 405

    This record is a wholly singular work; not only does it defy expectations of what a Flying Lotus album should sound like, it totally obliterates any preconceptions about what can be released by a remotely popular contemporary musician
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  5. 9.1 |   A.V. Club

    A microcosm of FlyLo’s career: hip-hop as a portal to the sublime. Rappers have been telling us as much for years
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  6. 9.1 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    In a word, You’re Dead! is jarring. It’s not exactly linear, but it’s certainly not aimless. It has a destination, but the only guy aware of it just so happens to be the guy recklessly jerking the steering wheel back and forth
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  7. 9.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    It's the most beautiful argument for reincarnation you'll hear this year, and any year, for that matter
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  8. 9.0 |   Beardfood

    Flying Lotus is a genius and a madman, flitting through 38 minutes of music with enough dramatic presence to feel more important than the Bible
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  9. 9.0 |   All Music

    Ellison has created exceptionally progressive, stirring, and eternal art
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  10. 9.0 |   PopMatters

    You’re Dead! is arguably his most imposing album thus far. Now he’s put the pressure on himself to come back in two years and top it
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  11. 9.0 |   Exclaim

    Excitingly new yet classically evocative, You're Dead! is contemplative but never boring, an example of genre cross-pollination that transcends novelty and, occasionally, time and space as well
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  12. 9.0 |   music OMH

    There is something new and exciting in Ellison’s bewildering synthesis, and something very original in his seemingly unlimited horizons
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  13. 8.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    A 38 minute journey more complex and original than anything he’s released before it
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  14. 8.3 |   Pitchfork

    It's far and away the most free-ranging FlyLo album to date
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  15. 8.0 |   Slant Magazine

    While it may not be clear where we're headed throughout the album, Ellison maneuvers through the bedlam with such confidence that it's not just easy to get swept up in his grand vision of the Great Beyond, but to return for repeat visits
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  16. 8.0 |   NME

    ’You’re Dead’ is a madly inventive record, one that takes hip-hop and jazz as starting points, beats them both to death and then brings them back to life in an almost unrecognisable form
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  17. 8.0 |   Clash

    Fans searching for club bangers should U-turn now. Once again LA’s most talented beat producer is using his vivid heritage to explore the album format
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  18. 8.0 |   Uncut

    A colourful fushion, blunted underground hip-hop flowing into delirious live bass jams and cosmic balladry. Print edition only

  19. 8.0 |   DIY

    There isn’t a moment’s peace, and there isn’t a single second where things threaten to calm down
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  20. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    It’s fragmented and yet, as ever, seems to make total sense
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  21. 8.0 |   The FT

    Unconventional beatmaker tackles the out-of-body experience with celestial vocals cut up alongside wah-wah-guitar
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  22. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    ‘You’re Dead’ might be less an immediate celebration of Ellison’s restless creativity but on this evidence, his innate ability to orchestrate worlds of far-out fantasia is still unrivalled
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  23. 8.0 |   State

    An interesting concept for an album that may not excite at all times, but stays consistently enthralling and willing to explore new territory
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  24. 8.0 |   Mojo

    This panoramic attempt to make sense of life’s one certainty beyond taxes flutters into ethereal jazz territory. Print edition only

  25. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    You're Dead turns out to be Flying Lotus' best yet. Jazz or not, it's an experiment that takes its place among the progressive movements of music
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  26. 8.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Ellison makes the boldest, most fully engaged fusion of the hip-hop-laptop era
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  27. 8.0 |   Q

    As restful as it is restless. Print edition only

  28. 7.7 |   Earbuddy

    It’s a perfect idea for the producer/rapper to expand new sonic territory and drop something that boggles the mind almost as much as its subject matter
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  29. 7.6 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    Another reliable entry into the canon of one of the most brazen and forward-thinking producers out there
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  30. 7.5 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Flying Lotus implements the tricks of handfuls of different musical languages. Sometimes it’s the ecstatic energy of hard bop, other times the slow sway of astral ambient, and even others the communal hooks of hip-hop
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  31. 7.0 |   Fact

    At a tight 37 minutes it doesn’t hang around – which, given the theme, is fairly appropriate – and to hear any artist grappling with such heavy questions without tunnelling right up their own arsehole is a pleasure worth noting in itself
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  32. 7.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    Sees FlyLo enter his weirdest phase yet: impatient, irreverent, dangerous, with the confidence to not only try new things but to also fail and keep trying
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