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November 14, 2014 at 9:41 AM

Flying Lotus landing at the Neptune

Los Angeles-based DJ/producer Flying Lotus, who plays the Neptune next week, released his fifth studio album — “You’re Dead!” — in October. It is a brief (under 39 minutes) but exploratory jaunt through multiple styles and genres that begins as a free jazz album but takes turns through electronic, bass, juke and hip-hop, with guest spots along the way by Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg and former Dirty Projectors vocalist/guitarist Angel Deradoorian. The forays into jazz fusion might not impress more seasoned listeners of the genre, but it’s still as adventurous an album as you’ll find from an artist many still call a “hip-hop producer.”

Flying Lotus’ live show — complete with projection screens in front and behind the DJ table for a 360-degree 3D effect — is one of the coolest live electronic setups touring. Bass virtuoso Thundercat — who lent his playing talents to every track on the new album — opens the show. 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, at the Neptune Theatre, 1303 N.E. 45th St., Seattle; $28 (877-784-4849 or stgpresents.org).

Mike Ramos, Special to The Seattle Times

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