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Flying Lotus Blossoms With "Cosmogramma"

Steven Ellison, aka Flying Lotus

PHOTO BY STAR FOREMANSteven Ellison, aka Flying Lotus

The great nephew of jazz legend Alice Coltrane might be expected, destined to become a music titan himself. But Echo Park's Steven Ellison, aka Flying Lotus, who Chris Martins profiles in our print edition, was dead set on a career in film, not music.

He packed his bags for film school and, as fate would have it, met David Wexler, himself an offspring of an offspring of a Hollywood star (Oscar-winning cinematographer Haskell Wexler) and the two started blowing each other's minds.

Now, with his third album, Cosmogramma about to drop, Flying Lotus is being compared to another member of the music world stratosphere. "Lotus is like Hendrix -- he's completely torn up the rule book in electronic music and it's so liberating. I hear his sound echoing in every corner of the planet right now," Radio 1 DJ Mary Anne Hobbs, "First Lady of Bass," told Martins.

Martins says it's "a potential game-changer for electronica, instrumental hip-hop and jazz -- hell, maybe even post-rock and the avant-garde" -- looks like Great Uncle John's got some competition.

Read the whole profile here.