“He’s more than a man,” Adult Swim‘s creative director, Jason DeMarco, told Noisey regarding Captain Murphy, the rapping alter ego of one Steven Ellison, AKA Flying Lotus. He might almost have been speaking of Ellison: When not working on the new FlyLo album, You’re Dead!, on the way via Warp, the Los Angeles-based electronic producer joined forces with Adult Swim on a new short video telling the Captain Murphy character’s origin story.
The four-and-a-half-minute animated short was two years in the making, according to DeMarco, and it shows, as it imagines various possible scenarios for the mighty Captain. Ellison, who did Adult Swim’s bumper music, also contributed new Flying Lotus music to this video, DeMarco said on Twitter. As for You’re Dead!, the brightly flashing preview video offers various lush, jazz- and funk-steeped snippets from the album, including a snippet with the unmistakable voice of Snoop Dogg. Other guests on the LP are Herbie Hancock, Kendrick Lamar, Thundercat, Angel Deradoorian and previous FlyLo collaborator Niki Randa.
Watch the “The Birth of Captain Murphy” below, followed by the You’re Dead! preview, and scroll down for the album cover art and details.
Flying Lotus, You’re Dead! (October 7 in the U.S./October 6 in the U.K., Warp)
2 Tesla (feat. Herbie Hancock]
3 Cold Dead
4 Fkn Dead
5 Never Catch Me (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
6 Dead Man’s Tetris (feat. Snoop Dogg and Captain Murphy)
7 Turkey Dog Coma
9 Coronus, the Terminator
10 Siren Song (feat. Angel Deradoorian)
12 Ready Err Not
13 Eyes Above
14 Moment of Hesitation (feat. Herbie Hancock)
15 Descent Into Madness (feat. Thundercat)
16 The Boys Who Died in Their Sleep (feat. Captain Murphy)
17 Obligatory Cadence
18 Your Potential / The Beyond [ft. Niki Randa]
19 The Protest