Floating around in space riding a unicycle with no care in the world, looking down at Earth with a beaming smile on my face. This is how Satellite Flight makes you feel. The beautiful synths and atmospheric melodies that play throughout the album are hugely captivating. It is these musical elements combined with Cudi’s iconic hums and distorted singing that really do create the feeling of floating through space on your way to the moon. This encapsulating feeling makes Satellite Flight one of the most intriguing and innovative albums of the 21st century.
As always, Cudi pushes the boundaries of the idea of placing things in genre, with Satellite Flight playing out more like a cinematic Sci-Fi film. From the start, on ‘Destination: Mother Moon’, we are introduced to this notion that we are about to be taken on a journey, with the instrumental build up emulating that of a rocket about to be launched. From then on Cudi fluidly weaves in and out of each track, flaunting his much improved production skills with an array of superb electrical hazy beats. ‘Copernicus Landing’ and ‘In My Dreams 2015’ are both instrumental tracks that showcase this. Other highlights on the album include ‘Balmain Jeans’, featuring Raphael Saadiq, ‘Internal Bleeding’ and ‘Troubled Boy’.
Satellite Flight is a dense and short album, which exhibits the talent and wild imagination of a true artist just doing his thing, with no flash or hidden agenda. The very abstract nature of Cudi’s work makes him an artist that people either love or hate, or simply just don’t get. In fact, the whole of Cudi’s discography is an abstract piece of work. Satellite Flight is the journey of Cudi going back to the moon, where he will return to complete his beloved Man On The Moon series off. He captures this adventure superbly, breezing arrogance of a man who knows his craft and skills and is not afraid to step out and do the unconventional.
Brave and futuristic Satellite Flight is truly an amazing piece of work.
First published: March 6, 2014