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So, how'd the meetings of these two minds actually happen? "He was a person I always wanted to work with and I'd always shout him out in interviews and such," Flying Lotus tells Spinner. "A friend of his passed something [of mine] to him. He said he was super busy but that he'd give it a listen. Then, I had files in my email -- no managers, no money, nothing. He's really easy to work with on a business level -- straight to the point, very polite. That's the way I like it."
Yorke's presence is felt right at the 12-minute mark of the album, as there's an abrupt shift in tone from the track before, 'Computer Face/Pure Being.' 'And the World Laughs With You' starts with a Radiohead-style organ riff that's combined with some skittish beats and Yorke saying, "I need to know that you're out there/I need to know you're listening."
As Flying Lotus confirms, he manipulated Yorke's voice, making it sound prominent in some parts and warped in many others. "I f---ed with it," he says. "But he sent me some pretty f---ed up s--- too. He was f---ing with it and it was out there."
Yorke's contribution to 'Cosmogramma' is just another small moment in the massive mish mash of out-there samples (such as an actual ping-pong game), downtempo, free jazz and lush instrumentation, including heavy use of the harp. For any musician looking to get Yorke to contribute on their work, we'd suggest you hold off until you have some interesting and complex arrangements.
'Cosmogramma' is out now via Warp Records.