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Hear Flying Lotus’ Erykah Badu-izm’d ‘See Thru to U’

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Mystics gotta stick together. The cerebral, exploratory nature of Flying Lotus’ beatmaking might help explain why Radiohead’s Thom Yorke is reprising his guest appearance from 2010’s Cosmogramma on follow-up Until the Quiet Comes (out October 2 in North American and a day earlier elsewhere on Warp Records). But FlyLo maestro Steven Ellison and neo-soul survivor Erykah Badu share a bond in the way they graft futuristic sonics onto an ancient, hypnotic pulse. FlyLo has previously directed a video for Badu, and SPIN recently reported that the two have started work on a still-unfinished collaborative album. For now, check out their Until the Quiet Comes team-up, “See Thru to U,” a breezily jazzy, fairly abstract freak-out that’s heavy on cymbals, nimble acoustic bass, and Rhodes-like organs. “I know, I know, I know,” Badu intones. For all of us humble seekers still hoping to understand, it could be a long wait until fall.