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VTech and Plug Research bring you the premiere of Bilal’s newest video “Levels,” directed by producer Flying Lotus aka Steve Ellison. FlyLo 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.”
“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.)
Bilal’s “Levels” EP is now available for purchase on iTunes.
“Levels” is the Shafiq Husayn produced track which is a perfect hyrbid of soul, funk and rock that blends into a perfect space-age jam. The “Levels
EP” is available digitally on Bleep and features the original version from the album, an instrumental, a re-edit of the original track by Warp artist, Flying Lotus and finally a remix by the recently signed Plug Research artist, Sonnymoon.
“Levels” EP Tracklist
1. Levels (Album Version)
2. Levels (Instrumental)
3. Levels (Flying Lotus Re-Edit)
4. Levels (Sonnymoon Remix)