Flying Lotus shares a new standalone track, “They Call Me Magic (Main Title Theme),” the main title theme song of the Apple Original documentary series of the same name. All four parts of They Call Me Magic are now streaming on Apple TV+.
Combining a triumphant hip-hop beat with a regal horn section, the original theme evokes the glory of its larger-than-life subject and his incredible story. The track’s stately swagger is fitting for a figure whose game and influence tower over even his own 6’9” frame.
With the release of “They Call Me Magic,” Stephen Ellison, aka Flying Lotus, deepens his foray into visual media. He recently announced his intention to direct and score the sci-fi horror film Ash, and signed a deal with XYZ Films and Logical Pictures to produce and direct new projects. Last year, he executive produced and scored Netflix’s YASUKE anime series, and he’s lent numerous scores to Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim programming. Additionally, Ellison has collaborated with David Lynch , Alma Harel, Hiro Murai, Khalil Joseph and Shinichiro Watanabe, and has even been mentored by legendary filmmaker, Terence Malick.
That said, Ellison still finds time for his audible endeavors as well. Last year at the 63rd Grammys, he took home Best Progressive R&B Album for his work on Thundercat’s It Is What It Is and was also nominated for Producer of the Year, NonClassical. He’ll play Detroit’s famed Movement Festival in May and later will perform with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl in August.