Label: Brainfeeder Release date: 25/12/09 Website: Ten years. Ten years of Los Angeles based experimental beatmaking from Flying Lotus, king of the new wave of beatmakers. Back when his debut LP, 1983 dropped, it was unlike most other instrumental hip-hop, the kick drums were a little deeper, the overall ambience a little fuzzier, the percussion a little more off tempo for that loose improvisational feel (although it was obvious that these were well thought out and well composed songs). And now fellow Brainfeeder labelmate The Gaslamp Killer has taken the time and effort to make an amazing and hugely impressive 40 minute mix celebrating the life of the Flying Lotus project. While I won’t bother to run down each song, I can easily say that the mix combines a few released songs, some unreleased songs, and some Gaslamp modifications to make a cohesive yet ever changing mix that never gets dull and only builds to greater and greater heights. As those instantly recognizable synths and kicks enter and exit, each moment spent with the mix envelops, as expected from the music of Flying Lotus (especially with his material from and after the impressive Los Angeles). Three cheers to the creativity in each transition and crossfade, always seamless. Well, the mix is a free download over at the Brainfeeder site, so over 14,000 people can’t be wrong for grabbing it. And anybody who actually cares about either artist or the genre itself needs to work this into their music library or iPod. It is without hesitation that I give this the very first best rating of my career here at The 405. This is a fine piece of music, a fine work of art, and a more than fitting way to honor one of the best musicians making instrumental hip-hop today. Rating: 10/10