When Flying Lotus came on, a few minutes after the dubstep artist Kode9 finished a heavy, tight DJ set, there was a noticeable shift. Suddenly the crowd didn’t know what to do with itself. No one seemed to know how to dance. Most dance music has a clear beat, and gives cues as to when the beat or melody might change. Flying Lotus’ music is more abstract: playful, spacey, sometimes dark, melancholy and unpredictable.
Packed together, shoulder to shoulder, everyone’s movements became more chaotic and random in response to FlyLo’s style. People faced in different directions and began dancing in looser ways. The tone and pace of the room changed.
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