I can’t decide whether this is really fucking good or Kendrick Lamar is really fucking annoying. There is evidence of Coltrane influence but there is also really annoying moments in the vocal passages, especially in the hook and preceding few bars.
I’m just not convinced this track even needed any voice. I think it would have been far more interesting if it focused on the ideas in the intro, that guitar solo in the middle eight and the placement of the snares in the verses. Those are the bits that stick out to me.
Flying Lotus has come a long way from 1983, understandably exploring new ways of expressing himself and I’m really excited to hear where this genius wants to go. But, I reckon he slightly missed with this one. I hope there is an instrumental version, go listen to that instead, it’ll be better.
By Tom Bacon