Track of the Day: 'MmmHmm'

By Llewellyn Hinkes-Jones
Past TracksIf there were any justice in this world, Flying Lotus would be banned from the Mustang Public School District of Oklahoma. For those that aren't familiar, Mustang is the school district that was recently in the news for warning parents about "digital drugs"--songs that mimic the effects of psychotropic drugs on the brain. Then they banned iPods as a precautionary measure.

If the school board is truly serious about the effects of digital drugs, then they should also ban the bristling, heavy beats of California DJ Steven Ellison, aka Flying Lotus. They should do it before his tranquil loops of hip-hop inflected electronica begin to corrupt the teenage populace at-large. Listening to any track from the album Cosmogramma drenches the gullible in waves of soulful abandon, which could lead to idleness and less industrial production.

If the next generation of factory workers is unable to carry the torch of productivity because their minds are being washed over with a blissful ease reminiscent of a DJ Shadow track on ecstasy, then what will they have accomplished in this world?

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On iTunes: Flying Lotus / "MmmHmm"

And for the randomizer bug:
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