Clocking in at approximately 45 minutes, the 26-track project features guest appearances from Thundercat on “Black Gold,” Denzel Curry on “African Samurai” and Niki Randa on “Between Memories” and “Hiding in the Shadows.” FlyLo utilizes hybridizing synth melodies, bass lines and machine generated drum patterns alongside traditional Japanese percussion instrument,s such as the taiko and hyōshigi, plus west African percussion to pay homage to the Afro-Japanese world of the series.
“You haven’t really heard an anime score do a “Blade Runner” thing,” FlyLo said in a bio by Timhotep Aku. “I was like, ‘let me try and get into the headspace of that’ but also there were several things that were part of the recipe for me. I thought about when Dilla would sample [Isao] Tomita and people like Vangelis, and how he had a [signature] sound when he did that sort of thing.”
The GRAMMY winner served as a consultant and executive producer for Yasuke, which was created by Thomas and stars LaKeith Stanfield as the titular character. The series centers around a real-life man of African origin who served under the Japanese daimyō Oda Nobunaga in the 1500s.
Stream Flying Lotus’ Yasuke soundtrack on Spotify and Apple Music, and watch the series on Netflix.
Elsewhere in music, Bas has teased a possible release date for J. Cole’s The Off-Season.