Flying Lotus makes his directorial debut with this visually stunning video for Bilal that features him alongside Erykah Badu, Thundercat, and Shafiq Husayn (who produced the track).
When FlyLo recently discussed the concept of the video he said, “I originally wanted to keep visual themes with another video from my last LP called ‘mmhmm’ off of my last album. It featured Thundercat as an intergalactic bass player in a super strange world created by ‘Special Problems’. Since Thundercat was part of this song, I thought it could be fun to continue the visual style and feel of this space opera. In the end you have this crazy video made of so much mixed media, geek dreams and lots of love.” This is the third video off of Bilal’s latest album Airtight’s Revenge, which also features the Grammy nominated track “Little One.”
As a special treat to go along with the premier of Bilal’s newest video directed by Flying Lotus, KenBts remixed a version of Levels for the fans of VTech to download.
“Levels was created in a small basement studio below Shafiq (Husayn)’s home in Los Angeles. Bilal, Shafiq, and I produced the foundation of what would become the song under a certain creative hypnosis. It seemed as if, before our ears, the synthetic sounds and beeps congealed into a single living, pulsating organism. It would then soon sprout wings, carrying under them an all-encompassing message. Levels has since taken a life unto its own, bringing in interpretations from Flying Lotus and Sonnymoon; furthering what may be no called the “Levels Experiment.” The remix I provided follows in the tradition of the original song’s spirit: an ambitious exploration of sound, space and emotion; an aviary craft bursting into the embers of a maiden flight. -Ken Barrientos (KenBts.)
Credits for Video:
Directed by: Flying Lotus
Executive Producer: Tom Bacon
Producer: Josh Freuhling
Director of Photography: Theo Jemison
Assistant Director: Dawn Bridgewater
Set PA: Michael Watson
Assistant Camera: Grace Oh
Gaffer: Adam Kolkman
Key Grip: David Wexler
Grip: Ben Olsen
Make Up: Alicia Cabrajal DeHasa and Melissa Tolentino
Stylist: Ranna Gisladottir and Amanda Ramirez
Production Designer: Kiel Johnson
Art Director (Gly) Klai Brown
Special Effects: Special Problems
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