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Experimental electronic music producer Flying Lotus, born Steven Ellison, is a grandson of songwriter Marilyn McLeod (the co-writer of Diana Ross' "Love Hangover"), as well as a great-nephew of pianist Alice Coltrane, and therefore a cousin of saxophonist Ravi Coltrane. Ellison made beats for the Cartoon Network's Adult Swim network before releasing his debut full-length, 1983, which resembled the work of fellow avant-garde hip-hop producers Madlib, J Dilla, and Ammoncontact on Plug Research in 2006. Following the six-song EP Reset, he released his second full-length, Los Angeles, on Warp in 2008. A three-part series of satellite EPs consisting of remixes and additional productions appeared throughout the next year. His third album, Cosmogramma, was issued on the same label in 2010, while the relatively pared-down Until the Quiet Comes was released in 2012. The suite-like You're Dead!, on which he was joined by Herbie Hancock, Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, and Captain Murphy (Ellison's rapping alias), among others, appeared in 2014. Following the album's release, Ellison focused on several film-related projects. These included his debut feature film Kuso, a grotesque horror movie that premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. That year, Ellison also scored Blade Runner Black Out 2022, the animated prequel to Denis Villeneuve's Blade Runner 2049. In 2018, he composed the music to Eddie Alcazar's sci-fi thriller Perfect, which he also produced. The following year, Ellison released his sixth album, Flamagra, which featured collaborations with artists ranging from Solange, Anderson .Paak, and Thundercat to David Lynch. Ellison's considerable quantity of additional production and remix work is scattered across dozens of releases on revered labels such as Tectonic, Hyperdub, Ghostly International, and Ninja Tune -- the last of which is the distributor of his Brainfeeder label, home to releases by the likes of the Gaslamp Killer, Austin Peralta, Martyn, frequent collaborator Thundercat, and Taylor McFerrin. ~ Marisa Brown
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