Flume – Flume (Deluxe Edition)

Flume – Flume (Deluxe Edition)

Australian producer Harley Streten, aka Flume, is undoubtedly one of the most talented and innovative electronic producers in the ever-growing house scene. Described by Californian record label Magnetic as a ‘phenomenon’, it seems as if the face of EDM has a new champion. After listening to SoundCloud streams of his newest release, Deluxe Edition, it seems as if his talent really is endless. The extensive and eclectic album includes 15 tracks from his debut album, a collaborative 9 track ‘mixtape’ section with many guest vocalists, as well as 4/5 track ‘remixes’ and ‘remixed’ sections.

Flume manages to incorporate an incredible hybridity of sub-genres; a song such as ‘Intro’ feat. Stalley, confirms just that. Reflective of the previous release with T-Shirt, it combines a refracted but more mellow production with a classy piano riff dropping alongside Stalley’s expressive and powerful bars. Smashing audience’s expectations to a new level, it is also a reflective track of Flume’s breakthrough image. As we listen on, we slowly notice his style morph back into slightly more familiar chilled vibes, whilst holding that vocal-heavy hip-hop production. Great examples of this are tracks such as ‘Space Cadet’ feat. Ghostface Killah and Autre Ne Veut, which blends seamlessly into ‘Insane’ feat. Killer Mike & Moon Holiday. These tunes are a great supplement to his previous releases and they both add a new dimension of tight rap that contrasts against the graceful vocal samples. Not to mention being placed over the glowing synths, trills and splintered beats that really evoke Flume’s trademark form.

There are certain places in the album where his talent really shines. These are the tracks where the vocals are pushed back into the mix, and Flume’s true promise is heard. The truly remarkable sample-driven ‘Sleepless’ (which features in both the mixtape and in the album section), brings one of the warmest, chilled drops in a long time. The electronic beat breaks down over a dismantled, chirpy sample, which is used as the main melody line for the song, possibly reflective of Jacques Greene’s similar sound. It would also be cruel not to mention the mixtape’s ‘Change’ feat. How To Dress Well. A slightly easy-going, but beautiful vocal from HTDW drives the main melody, allowing Flume to add some great percussion trills and a broken beat to syncopate with the voice. From hearing these laid-back beats, it’s even harder not to draw influences from artists such as SBTRKT and fellow local Future Classic artist Ta-ku.

Flume has arrived at the right time and the right place – producing unbelievably inventive beats in a time where house music’s batman torch is shining.  There are some truly fine sounds on this album.  If you are not aware of this artist or haven’t heard anything at all, then you really do need to.

Jack Turner