E. Live, proud California resident who describes his style as a fusion of funk, electronic, boogie, soul and hip-hop, released this tremendously funky track three months prior to his more recent gangsta-funk releases Whats Up With You and Ooh Child, which are in contrast simpler with more prominent use of synthesizer.
E. Live pays tribute to Japanese keyboard player and disco pioneer Hiroshi Sato by using a section of the cover of Orient (1979) for this single, which is extremely appropriate given Sato’s influence on this particular track. More specifically, E. Live mentions in the description that this was primarily influenced by the funk greats Bob James and Herbie Hancock, which deserves an applause in and of itself. Even with its intentionally vintage sound, Flotational Device is a beautifully put-together modern take on the sounds of the late seventies and early eighties, similar to the intentions of our heroes Daft Punk for their 2013 album, Random Access Memories.
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