Acting opposite David was terrifying, because he had a long history as a performer and I was a model and waitress. And in the storyline we were meant to be intimate. The first album I’d ever bought was Ziggy Stardust and I owned all his others, so it was overawing, but he was really generous as a performer. There’s a scene where I sit up suddenly, as if woken from a dream, and David leaps on top of me, and I sat up and gave him a full Liverpool kiss in the face. “Oh my God, I’ve just killed David Bowie!” But he laughed and said, “I’ve got a hard head.” He was unfailingly polite, charming and a gentleman. For us to act as boyfriend and girlfriend, we did the obvious thing in Sydney – purely as method acting. After the shoot, I got a call: “Do you want to come to Europe with me?” I became a bit of a groupie for two weeks. I knew it was a passing phase. I was 23, we lived in different worlds, but he gave me an experience that I’ll never forget. We were whisked out of back doors of hotels, flying in private jets, David hiding from fans under a rug in the limousine. It was like being in the movies. – Geeling Ng, star in the China Girl video
It’s a record thought of by its progenitor – Steven Ellison, AKA Flying Lotus or even FlyLo – as “a collage of mystical states, dreams, sleep and lullabies”. That might not come as a surprise to fans of 2011’s widely acclaimed Cosmogramma (the result, in part, of Ellison taking the powerful hallucinogenic DMT shortly after his mother’s death, as he told the Observer at the time).
Does this new Flying Lotus album mark a further journey into inner space? It certainly sees Ellison straying further from his hip-hop roots and into … jazzier territory (but then given he’s related to the late John and Alice Coltrane, this figures). Plus, do his guests – including Thom Yorke and Erykah Badu – add weight to proceedings?
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