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The Top Albums of 2014: J.D. Swerzenski's take on the finest efforts of the year

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7. Flying Lotus | You're Dead! | Warp

There's a quote from Herbie Hancock in which he tells Flying Lotus and frequent collaborator Thundercat that, "If Miles [Davis] were alive, he'd be hanging out with you cats." It's certainly a cool thought experiment to consider the possibilities of a FlyLo/Early '70s Miles collab. But in his own way, Ellison has pushed the boundaries of the long nascent fusion jazz format in a fascinating direction with a unique set of collaborators, including Hancock, singer Angel Deradoorian and Kendrick Lamar, who proves the crucial assist on single of the year "Never Catch Me."

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