Flying Lotus and longtime collaborator Thundercat have teamed up with Shabazz Palaces under the banner WOKE to release a single entitled “The Lavishments of Light Looking” as part of the annual Adult Swim’s Singles program. The new track brings in Parliament-Funkadelic legend George Clinton as a guest vocalist.
FlyLo, Thundercat and Clinton’s collective cosmic presence meshes with Shabazz Palaces’ dense soundscapes to create a track with an overall feeling of dishevelment, spacey bass lines and warped synths stumbling over a plodding kick-and-clap drum pattern. Fittingly for a song with FlyLo, Thundercat, and Clinton, the track is reminiscent of To Pimp a Butterfly‘s cosmic funk influences. Some sources are reporting that this track is the first to be released from an eventual full-length project, though there is no official word from the artists themselves about this as of yet.
Thus far this year’s singles have included tracks from Yung Lean, Danny Brown and Clams Casino, Shabazz Palaces, Slayer, and DOOMSTARKS, with a single from Run the Jewels slated to release on October 5th.
Download the new WOKE single, as well as other singles in the series, on Adult Swim’s website here or stream it below via Soundcloud.