Flying Lotus
Flying Lotus — Photo by Jordan Munns

Flying Lotus and Hiatus Kaiyote will be the next set of artists to perform at The Hollywood Bowl on Sunday, August 21 as part of the KCRW Festival. Keep an eye on Grimy Goods’ Instagram for a ticket giveaway.

For all intents and purposes, Los Angeles-based Flying Lotus is in the purest sense a true multi-hyphenate. As producer, composer, rapper, filmmaker, and the founder of Brainfeeder Records he has become synonymous with mind-bending and expanding creativity. No small amount of that magic appears in his live shows, which themselves are sensory experiences without equal. Which makes his performance at the colossal outdoor amphitheater for his hometown show alongside a full orchestra conducted by Thomas Wilkins all the more enticing.

Flying Lotus has already dropped two new singles this year — “The Room” and “You Don’t Know” — both featuring Devin Tracy’s simmering croons. While just last year he made a foray into scoring music for the anime series “Yasuke,” of which he was also an executive producer, which spurred unsurprisingly stellar collaborations with Thundercat and Denzel Curry. For both new and longtime lovers of Flying Lotus, Cosmogramma remains a reliable staple but every collection in his discography is rampantly unique — from Flamagra to the sonic spiritual journey of You’re Dead!

Openers and funkadelic ensemble Hiatus Kaiyote will no doubt make the most of their own orchestra, lending a soaring grandiosity to their already infectious jazz instrumentation. Throw in singer Nai Palm’s smoldering vocals and you have a recipe for something truly spectacular.

Since the release of their debut Tawk Tomahawk in 2012, the genre shape-shifters in Hiatus Kaiyote have become a fixation amongst those pleasantly lost in them. Their third album Mood Valiant arrived last year as the harbinger of the band’s evolution and then came a whole host of remixes in Mood Variant that seemed to affirm their incessant need to reshape themselves. Just a few standouts include the rapturous “Chivalry Is Not Dead” and the rambling rouser “All the Words We Don’t Say,” but in truth, the whole album like all of Hiatus Kaiyote’s creations are full experiences unto themselves.

Hiatus Kaiyote
Hiatus Kaiyote — Photo by Tre Koch
artist to watch in 2023

Flying Lotus and Hiatus Kaiyote will be playing The Hollywood Bowl on August 21. Visit Flying Lotus’ website, Twitter, and Instagram to stay updated on new releases and announcements. Keep up with Hiatus Kaiyote on their website, Twitter, and Instagram.

Words by Steven Ward